Opiate addiction is one of the fastest growing drug addiction problems. There is no easy cure and there are no guarantees that you won’t relapse. It takes admitting you have a problem, seeking treatment for the problem and a lifelong commitment to staying free from the problem to succeed.
How to Choose a Program for Detox from Opiate Addiction
There are many methods available to detox opiate addiction, but several factors must be considered to choose the right one for you. The state of your general health, your psychological state, what your support system is, and how long you have been addicted should all be considered when choosing a program.
People Who Require Detox from Opiate Addiction
People with opiate addiction are different from people with other types of addictions. Most people who are addicted to opiates have become that way after taking prescribed pain medication for justified reasons after trauma or surgery.
Ironically these people do not realize they have become addicted until they try to stop taking the medication. Some symptoms they may experience are nausea and vomiting, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, muscle aches, bone pain, agitation and irritation. They may sweat profusely and have diarrhea. The symptoms of withdrawal can begin within only a few hours of missing the dose and can become overwhelmingly intense as they steadily increase.
Getting Help with Detox from Opiate Addiction
Speak to your doctor and make him aware of the symptoms you experienced when you stopped taking the medication. Without detox very few people can withstand the severity of the withdrawal symptoms and return to the use of opiates just to stop them.
Traditional forms of Detox can include the use of opioid agonist drugs like methadone, buprenorphine, clonidine and other medication. Some of these medications simply block some of the withdrawal effects and you are able to stop the opiate. Actual opioid agonist drugs act like an opiate to the body except they do not produce the ‘high’ that the opiate gives. This allows for gradual dose reduction, avoiding or reducing the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms.
Rapid Detox is being promoted as a painless way to withdraw from this addiction. However, there are many studies that indicate this treatment can increase the risk for psychosis, delirium, abnormal heart rhythms, attempted suicide, acute renal failure and even death.
Discuss with your doctor which treatment option is right for you. But remember support from your doctor, your family and your friends, and a commitment to being opiate free are necessary for success.