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Opioid Detox

Opioid withdrawal can be difficult to navigate alone. Fortunately, with opioid detox, you can get targeted medical support for opioid withdrawal symptoms.

The Vital Need for Opioid Detox

Over 2.7 million people struggle with opioid addiction in the United States each year, according to information from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That’s roughly 1 in every 100 people in the entire country. The very nature of opioid use disorder makes breaking free from addiction a monumental task, but opioid detox and treatment can make the process much simpler.

People living with opioid addiction have several barriers to reaching recovery. Opioid addiction is a severe mental health disorder that can cause structural brain changes that make it increasingly difficult for people to stop on their own.

Furthermore, many people suffer severe withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop using, making the path to abstinence a difficult road.

An opioid detox center can substantially reduce withdrawal symptoms and help people start their recovery off on the right foot. In addition, it can help people transition into opioid treatment programs that help them build the skills they need to maintain their recovery long-term.

The Consequences of Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction has consequences in several different domains. Opioid drug abuse affects a person’s physical, mental, and social health and can devastate entire families and communities.

People suffering from opioid addiction often face consequences like:

  • Job loss
  • Damaged personal relationships
  • Giving up on important hobbies or activities
  • Infectious diseases
  • Worsening mental health
  • Financial trouble
 

Despite these consequences, many people continue to abuse opioids and face more severe challenges as the years go on. However, people can recover with the help of a targeted treatment process at an opioid detox center.

 

Detoxing at Home Is Dangerous

Many people will attempt to detox themselves at home when they determine that their opioid use has become problematic. But detoxing at home is dangerous and can sabotage your recovery before it even starts.

One of the key diagnostic features of an opioid use disorder, as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is “a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control opioid use.” Attempting to detox on your own — and not being able to — is in the definition of what it means to have an opioid use disorder.

But there are other risks of detoxing at home as well. People going through opioid withdrawal face several physical withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be dangerous if they don’t receive medical treatment.

Detoxing at Home Is Dangerous

Many people will attempt to detox themselves at home when they determine that their opioid use has become problematic. But detoxing at home is dangerous and can sabotage your recovery before it even starts.

One of the key diagnostic features of an opioid use disorder, as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is “a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control opioid use.” Attempting to detox on your own — and not being able to — is in the definition of what it means to have an opioid use disorder.

But there are other risks of detoxing at home as well. People going through opioid withdrawal face several physical withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be dangerous if they don’t receive medical treatment.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Untreated opioid withdrawal is a harrowing and painful experience. Even a short amount of time using opioid drugs can result in physical dependence. During opiate withdrawal, several physical and psychological symptoms stack on top of each other, making the first days of abstinence exceptionally difficult to break through. Just a few of these withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Shakes
  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Restlessness
  • Intense drug cravings
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Chronic pain
  • Vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Goosebumps
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
 

Opiate withdrawal symptoms peak about three days after a person last used opiates and can last up to ten days or longer.

The severity of opioid withdrawal symptoms can overwhelm even the most determined person attempting to achieve sobriety and cause them to cave back into active addiction. When people are faced with too many symptoms to handle on their own, relapse is common.

How a Medical Opioid Detox Can Help

Opiate addiction treatment has come a long way in recent years. Thanks to the development of targeted opioid withdrawal medications, severe withdrawal symptoms can be greatly reduced or even eliminated during the treatment process. Medication-assisted treatment can vastly improve the comfort and success rates of people attempting to overcome opioid addictions.

But medications to improve treatment outcomes aren’t all that a medical detox can do for you. There are several other benefits that make choosing an opioid detox center the right choice for those with opioid abuse disorder.

Benefits of a Medically Assisted Opioid Detox

Key benefits of assisted detox include:

  • 24/7 medical monitoring and support
  • Evidence-based therapies
  • Detailed psychological evaluations
  • A safe place to rest and recover
  • A refuge from the triggers and temptations of everyday life
  • A diverse team of mental health and addiction specialists
  • Nutritional support
  • Individual and group therapy
 

With the right support, you can be successful in your recovery journey.

What Happens During Detox?

On your first day at Gloria Rehab’s opioid detox center, you’ll meet with one of our medical team members to discuss your treatment plan. Several factors go into determining what your unique treatment process will be, such as:

  • How long you’ve used opioids
  • Your average dose of opioids
  • Frequency of opioid use
  • When you took your last dose of opioids
  • Whether you have pre-existing medical conditions
  • Whether you’ve used other drugs
 

With this information, our team can begin the opioid detoxification process and help you to start feeling better.

Stabilizing Your Physical and Mental Health

After our team has collaborated with you to determine your treatment plan, our medical professionals begin the process of helping you stabilize your physical and mental health. This phase makes up the bulk of opioid detox, as the opioid withdrawal process can take up to two weeks to complete.

Targeted medications that act on the same opioid receptors as prescription or illicit opioids do can vastly reduce your physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Psychotherapy with one of our licensed clinicians can help you to overcome lingering doubts or mental health concerns, and several days of treatment, rest, and nutrition can get you on the road to recovery.

Transitioning to a Residential Treatment Center

While opioid detoxification is remarkably effective at helping people break through the withdrawal stage of recovery, further treatment is typically required for people to maintain their abstinence long-term. As such, the last phase of detox treatment is dedicated to helping people prepare for and transfer to residential rehab.

At Gloria Rehab, our comprehensive treatment program makes this easy. Our patients transfer directly from medical detox to our luxurious inpatient treatment center, where they can learn the skills required for a lifetime in recovery after they’ve recovered from opioid withdrawal symptoms.

Start Treatment Today

Substance use disorders are progressive, meaning they get worse over time. If you’re beginning to wonder whether your opioid use is a problem, the time to seek treatment is now. We know how difficult it can seem to overcome addiction, but it is possible. 

Reach out to the team at Gloria Rehab today to learn more about our comprehensive treatment options and start your path to recovery now.

Start Treatment at Gloria Rehab Today

When you’re ready to begin treatment, reach out to Gloria Rehab by filling out our online contact form. You don’t need to go through ketamine withdrawals alone. You can receive targeted and effective treatment from a team of professionals who truly understand and can help you achieve recovery.

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