This southeastern state was once considered by the federal government to be a “consumer state” when it comes to illegal drug use and abuse. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said in 2009 that South Carolina had transcended this status to become a source of illegal drugs. One component of drug abuse that has skyrocketed in recent years involves prescription painkillers. They are diverted into and out of South Carolina through various illicit activities. The DEA reports that the prescription medications most often abused and diverted in South Carolina include OxyContin (oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone), MS Contin, methadone, fentanyl and benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax and Klonopin. These are all controlled substances and have the ability to be habit forming.
Substance abuse involving opiate (narcotic) painkillers has skyrocketed in recent years, fueled by the availability of these drugs. Most people who become dependent start off by taking a medication such as Vicodin for an illness or injury. A tolerance can build, meaning the patient will need more and more to achieve a basic level of pain relief. Others may misuse painkillers to achieve a high or state of euphoria. People may result to illicit behaviors in order to get these medications. They can buy them on the street or “doctor shop.” This is the practice of going to multiple doctors to receive multiple supplies of a drug. Pharmaceuticals can also be diverted by unscrupulous physicians or pharmacists. Illegal sale and distribution by healthcare workers has become more of a problem in recent years. The availability of these drugs on the Internet is equally concerning. Some websites offer opiates without even requiring a prescription. South Carolina officials implemented a prescription drug-monitoring program in 2008 to identify and cut down on instances of diversion.
Patients Choose Waismann Method over South Carolina Detox Centers
Waismann Method knows the struggles associated with prescription opiate dependence. We have spent more than a decade treating people from South Carolina and around the world. We are known for safe and successful opiate detoxification from drugs including fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, heroin, methadone and hydromorphone. Our in-hospital rapid detox treatment method is compassionate, discreet and patients don’t spend weeks suffering through unassisted withdrawal. We use intravenous medication to help patients through this extremely difficult phase, while in their private room of our accredited hospital. When anesthesia assisted detox method is used, patients rest comfortably under sedation during the process. An accelerated withdrawal syndrome develops and passes while patients are sedated so they are not consciously aware they experienced withdrawal. We never use opiate replacements such as methadone or Suboxone to wean patients from their prescription painkillers. The total hospital stay is usually 2 to 4 days, with the remainder of the days at our recovery center Domus Retreat where we continue to help patients through the transition and regulation period. The total stay is usually 5 to 10 days between the hospital and Domus Retreat combined.
All treatments are designed based on patients specific medical and dependence needs. A number of different medical detoxification process are available and will be discussed with the doctor. For more information regarding options give us a call at 310-205-0808.
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