Dangers of At-Home Opioid Detox

There is and has been a national crisis of opioid abuse in our country. Opioids are prescribed painkillers such as Codeine, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Morphine and Oxycodone, and street drugs such as heroin and illicitly produced fentanyl. Some of these are prescribed on a daily basis for pain, acute and/or chronic. Many people who are prescribed painkillers abuse them. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH):

  • Roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them
  • Between 8 and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder
  • An estimated 4 to 6 percent who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin
  • About 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids
  • Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states

Dangers of At Home Opioid Detox

It’s not your fault that you are addicted

Addiction isn’t intentional, and no one wants to be dependent on any substance, but sometimes, it can happen if you don’t know the warning signs. Some warning signs of an opioid use disorder/addiction are:

  • Taking more than directed dose
  • Not being able to stop
  • Thinking about taking the pain medication
  • Continuing to take the medication even though it has caused troubling consequences
  • Hobbies that brought joy are no longer a part of your daily activities
  • Taking opioids while driving or during other dangerous situations
  • Growing a tolerance where the normal dose does not provide an effect, therefore, having to take more

If you find yourself having any of these signs, it can be alarming and freighting especially if you’ve never had this happen before. When we get prescribed painkillers there are usually only so many refills before the prescription is out. At this point the user, if dependent, finds ways of getting more. Sometimes, because it is cheaper than the prescription painkiller, resorts to heroin or fentanyl.

Opioid Addiction is Not Easy to Overcome

Having an addiction to opioids is not an easy thing to overcome. We all would like to go back and do it differently where we wouldn’t have gotten to that point of being addicted. For many of us who have gone through opioid addiction, the results have been nothing but horrific.

The fear of detoxing or withdrawal is what keeps an addict using. Detox can be an unpleasant and painful experience. Some of us have tried to detox at home under no medical supervision. This although not life-threatening in most cases, can be dangerous.

Opioid Detox Length is Different for Everyone

The timeline of opioid detox can vary by person depending on the frequency they were using and how they were using the drug. Detox can start from a couple of hours and last up to a couple of weeks.

Some people have a successful at-home opioid detox, but having supervision with medication and professionally monitoring can make detox go smoothly and more successful with less chance of a relapse.

As mentioned before, detoxing at home is rarely life-threatening but there may be certain dangers of an at-home opioid detox. They may include:

  • Aspiration – choking on one’s vomit
  • Infection of the lungs from aspiration
  • Stomach distress including vomiting and diarrhea
  • Dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea
  • High blood pressure
  • High anxiety

Besides the physical dangers, with an at-home opioid detox, there is also the danger of relapse. Relapse leads to many overdoses due to the fact that addicts that have abstained from using opioids for an amount of time, tolerance decreases, therefore when they use again they have a higher chance of overdosing. With professional detox and treatment, this all can be avoided, and that is where Allure Detox comes in.

When it comes to Allure Detox, we provide much more than the bare minimum.  Of course, we help clients stop using safely – that’s just a given.  Almost as important as that, though, is that we offer clients the foundation for a lifetime of relief and recovery.

That’s the Allure Detox promise: that patients leave our care with more than good health at their disposal. Our focus is on minimizing your withdrawal symptoms to a comfortable level while beginning the comprehensive treatment process that will keep you sober.