About opiate addiction
Although more sophisticated, opiate addiction detox programs have only originated within the past two or three decades. opiate addiction is nothing new. It has been around for centuries, even though the first recorded incidences of it in the US involved the Chinese opium dens of San Francisco in the 1800’s. Prior to the onset of medical and psychological addiction rehab programs in the US, thousands of individuals died as a result of their addictions to drugs such as codeine, heroin, and morphine.
Opiates are powerfully addictive substances, many of which are available through physicians in prescription form while even more is available as illegally sold street drugs. The most commonly abused opiates are heroin and morphine (naturally synthesized from the poppy plant) and OxyContin and Vicodin (semi-synthetic opioids). All of these are extremely addictive substances and exhibit a high potential for abuse. There are several means of ingestion including injection, smoking, snorting, and taking them orally.
The tell-tale symptoms of opiate addiction
The onset of numerous opiate addiction detox programs throughout the US occurred due to the increasing popularity of these different opiate-based drugs and medications among recreational drug users who have become dependent upon them. Tolerance builds up quickly, oftentimes unnoticed and addiction or dependency occurs rapidly. Eventually, it gets to the point where the individual cannot function throughout their day without the use of these drugs.
According to numerous addiction rehab centers, the more common symptoms and warning signs indicating the presence of an opiate addiction include:
- anxiety episodes experienced in social settings and at work
- diminishing physical appearance including rapid weight loss
- focusing on obtaining more of the drug or their next “fix” above everything else in their life
- participating in criminal behavior by possessing the drug and stealing in order to pay for the drug
- substituting your new “drug friends” for older, longtime personal friends
- suicidal thoughts
- withdrawing from those around you as well as social situations
Medical detox and withdrawal
Research has proven that the most effective type of opiate addiction detox is a medical detox. There are several reasons for this, but the primary one is due to the fact that trying to detox from opiates on your own (cold turkey) can be extremely dangerous and potentially life-threatening if you do not know what you are doing. It is the withdrawal symptoms listed below that makes this such a potentially dangerous and harmful situation.
- Earlier symptoms – agitation and irritability, anxiety, increased tearing, insomnia and sleeplessness, muscle aches, runny nose, sweating, and yawning
- Later symptoms – abdominal cramps, diarrhea, dilated pupils, goose bumps, nausea, and vomiting
Medications involved in opiate addiction treatment
The treatment for opiate addiction typically involves and number of medications that will be administered during an opiate addiction detox in order to ease the discomfort and pain resulting from withdrawal symptoms. The medications – Buprenorphine, Clonidine, Methadone, Naltrexone, Naloxone, Suboxone (which is a 4:1 mixture of Buprenorphine and Naloxone), and Subutex. These are administered to relieve withdrawal symptoms such as:
- agitation and irritability
- anxiety and panic attacks
- muscle aches
- runny nose
It is incredibly important that you undergo a medical detox for the main reason that you will be cared for, monitored, and supervised around the clock by licensed medical professionals.
If you or a loved one is searching for an effective opiate addiction detox program with a high recovery success rate, Blue Water Detox would like to talk with you regarding our comprehensive, in-patient treatment and recovery programs for opiate dependency. Please contact us today.