Opiate Detox at Compass Detox in Florida
Compass Detox offers continuous care when you are admitted to our drug detox facility for opiate detox. Prior to admission, we like for you and your loved ones to be educated on what to expect during the detox and recovery process. While their intended purpose is to treat severe and/or acute pain, opiates (or opioids) are highly addictive narcotics that have ensnared many people in an endless loop of addiction and abuse.
How long it takes to become physically dependent varies with each person, but withdrawal from opioids is a relatively uniform affair. Withdrawal from opiates can occur any time long-term use is stopped or cut back.
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What Are Opioids?
Opioids form a class of drugs, including medically prescribed drugs and illegal substances. The drugs are found naturally in the opium poppy plant and used as both prescription painkillers and street drugs.
Opioid types can vary, but mostly include:
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Meperidine (Demerol)
- Oxycodone (Percocet or Oxycontin)
Early symptoms of opiate withdrawal include:
- Muscle aches
- Increased tearing
- Runny nose
Late symptoms of opiate withdrawal include:
- Abdominal cramping
- Dilated pupils
These symptoms are very uncomfortable but are not life-threatening. Symptoms usually start within 12 hours of the last heroin use and within 30 hours of last methadone exposure. While opioid withdrawal is, again, not life-threatening, it is not something one should manage on their own. A successful recovery journey from opioid addiction will always begin at an opiate detox facility.
Medical Opiate Detox
Methadone relieves withdrawal symptoms and helps with detox. It is also used as a long-term maintenance medicine for opioid dependence. After a period of maintenance, the dose may be decreased slowly over a long period of time. This helps reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
Buprenorphine (Subutex) treats withdrawal from opiates, and it can shorten the length of opioid detox. It may also be used for long-term maintenance, like methadone. Buprenorphine may be combined with Naloxone (Bunavail, Suboxone, Zubsolv), which helps prevent dependence and misuse.
Clonidine is used to help reduce the side effects of opioid withdrawal, like anxiety, agitation, muscle aches, sweating, runny nose, and cramping. It does not help reduce cravings.
Naltrexone can help prevent relapse. It is available in pill form or as an injection. It also, however, can bring about a sudden and severe withdrawal if taken while opioids are still in your system. So, it is very important that you be honest with our staff about your last opioid use and the like.
Other medicines are sometimes prescribed during opioid withdrawal that can treat vomiting and diarrhea, as well as help with sleep.
Understanding Opiate Addiction
Opioid addiction has been a growing problem in American for almost thirty years. Both prescription and illegal opioids can lead to abuse, addiction, and even overdose deaths. The highly addictive drugs pose a threat to hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.
Illegal or non-prescription opioid use includes drugs like heroin and fentanyl. Fentanyl is used in some medical situations, like advanced cancer pain, but it is much more powerful than other opioids. The synthetic opioid pain reliever is often made and distributed illegally alongside or in combination with heroin. Heroin is a highly addictive Schedule I drug that is illegal in the United States. The drug is never prescribed in a medical situation, and the use of the drug is extremely dangerous.
Signs of Opiate Addiction
An opioid use disorder is best diagnosed by a doctor, but there are some recognizable opiate addiction symptoms. Symptoms may not be obvious right away, but over time the effects of an opioid addiction become more apparent. An individual is likely unable to control their cravings and their opioid use. They may be frequently drowsy or change their sleep habits. Weight loss, a lack of hygiene, and frequent flu-like symptoms are also common signs of opioid addiction.
Opioid abuse can cause a wide range of other symptoms that impact an individual’s physical and mental health. Common symptoms of opioid abuse include:
- Lack of coordination
- Slow breathing
- Agitation or irritability
- Slurred speech
- Mood swings
- High/euphoric feeling
- Decreased motivation
Opiate Addiction Detox and Treatment
Opioid addiction is treatable, even if an individual is addicted to an illegal substance. Medical detox is the safest treatment option and is highly recommended by doctors. Under close medical supervision, an individual can receive the care needed to detox from opioids.
Withdrawal symptoms for opioids are uncomfortable and potentially dangerous. Trained medical staff can help keep a patient comfortable and ensure they receive the necessary care to treat withdrawal symptoms.
Detoxing alone or at home is very uncomfortable, and opioid withdrawal symptoms can be potentially deadly. By seeking medical help, an individual can be properly evaluated before they even start detoxing from a drug. The right care helps patients stay committed to detox and recovery throughout the worst of withdrawal symptoms.
Start the Journey to Recovery from Opiate Addiction
Get yourself or your loved one the help they need. At Compass Detox, our state-of-the-art facility, dedicated staff, and expertise with medical detox are all elements that make our facility the ideal setting for opiate detox. If you are not sure how to get started and even if you aren’t sure that you are ready for treatment, give us a call. Our experienced addiction specialists and admissions team can answer any questions you may have about addiction detox and treatment.
Give yourself or your loved one the best chance at getting sober safely and staying sober by admitting to our Florida opiate detox center. Get help from the caring and experienced staff at Compass Detox.
Get started on the road to recovery today at our state-of-the-art medical detox. Call us now at 800.263.3869 or complete our online form.