The Process Of Opiate Detox And Recovery
Opiates stem from the red poppy plant. Although beautiful in nature the flower contains a sticky chemical that can be extracted and processed into opiates. Heroin is the most commonly know opiate. Opiates increase feelings of pleasure while decreasing symptoms of pain, both physically and emotionally. The most popular form of opiate drug is heroin and prescription painkillers such as oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone and methadone. Opiates are extremely addictive, in 2013 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that 517,000 people were classified with a heroin abuse disorder. In addition 1.8 million Americans suffered from prescription painkiller addiction. This is an alarming statistic. So many sufferer’s need help, the first step is an opiate detox.
It has been said “One Only Tries Heroin Once”
Opiates are incredibly addictive. This is because human brain tissue has receptors that are made to respond to a bodies naturally produced opiates. Once heroin is introduced to a brains chemistry addiction is soon to follow. Per the (NIDA) National Institute on Drug Abuse “23 percent of people who use heroin become dependent on the substance. With the first hit, their brain cells are changed and an addiction can follow.”
A sufferer who experiences an opiate detox will have both physical and mental symptoms. Withdrawal from opiates has two distinct phases, early and late withdrawal. During early withdrawal sufferers experience:
- muscle aches
- runny nose
During late withdrawal symptoms include:
- goose bumps
- dilated pupils
- abdominal cramps
Opiate Detox Is Very Dangerous And A Sufferer Should Be Supervised By A Trained Medical Professional.
Withdrawal starts when a drug’s half life expires and is no longer present in the bloodstream. Heroin has the quickest half life among opiates, lasting only a few minutes. Therefore, it takes effect the quickest, but also leaves the body quickly, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Oxycontin has a half-life of 3-4 hours or 12 hour half life based on its release format, immediate versus extended.
With the proper treatment an opiate addiction can be treated and beaten.
After the initial opiate detox our clients will have the opportunity to participate in empowering, enlightening and active group sessions. Throughout each phase addiction counseling and related education will be given. Our clients will also receive individual therapy sessions with our certified counselors. At Elevate we hope to teach our clients how strengthen and nurture relationships with the positive influences in their lives. More importantly our we teach our clients how to keep those relationships healthy. Elevate can teach how satisfying life can be without using opiates, and we hope our clients leave our drug treatment facility excited about the future.