Opiates are a class of chemical substances that are among the most frequently abused throughout the United States. Some commonly abused opiates include heroin and prescription painkillers like codeine, morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. When opiate pain relievers are prescribed by a medical professional and taken exactly as prescribed for a short period, they are generally safe to use. However, when taken for an extended period or when taken other than as prescribed, these medications can be habit-forming and result in a full-fledged addictive disorder within weeks or months. Heroin has rapidly become one of the most frequently abused chemical substances in the country and is responsible for hundreds of untimely overdose deaths every single day.
Signs and Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal
If you or someone you love has been suffering at the hands of an opiate abuse disorder and is in dire need of professional addiction treatment, medical detox will always be a necessary first step. At Allure Detox, we utilize proven medical detoxification methods to provide our clients with a safe and pain-free opiate withdrawal. One of the techniques we commonly utilize is medication-assisted treatment. Depending on the severity of the addictive disorder, we might also utilize tapering. Tapering is effective in alleviating the more dangerous symptoms associated with opiate withdrawal – however, it should never be attempted in an at-home setting. There are many dangers involved in tapering yourself off of opiates.
Opiate Addiction Signs and Symptoms
Some of the common signs and symptoms associated with opiate addiction include:
- Repeated attempts to cut back or quit coupled with an inability to successfully stop use for any significant period
- Intense psychological drug cravings
- Loss of appetite coupled with noticeable weight loss
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Flu-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, body chills, and low-grade fever)
- Lack of attention paid to personal hygiene
- Isolation from family members and close friends
- Stealing from loved ones and others
- Financial and legal issues
- Increased drowsiness, “nodding off” or moving in and out of consciousness
- The development of a physical tolerance
- Withdrawal symptoms that occur with abruptly ceased use
Is Opiate Withdrawal Uncomfortable?
Opiate withdrawal is not typically life-threatening, though it can pose several serious health-related concerns and it can be harshly physically uncomfortable when not treated in a medically monitored detox facility. At Allure Detox, we have extensive experience treating all symptoms associated with opiate withdrawal, including the intense psychological cravings that often lead to relapse. If you have been struggling with opiate addiction for any length of time you must seek professional medical care immediately. Attempting to detox at home can result in serious health-related complications.
Dangers of Tapering Yourself From Opioids
There are many dangers involved in attempting to detox off opiates on your own and without medical assistance. Some of these dangers include:
- Relapsing because of the intense psychological cravings that will go hand-in-hand with opiate withdrawal. If you attempt to taper yourself off of your opiate of choice, you will still experience intense drug cravings. Most individuals who try to detox at home will end up returning to use before the withdrawal process has even come to a close.
- If a medical emergency occurs as a result of the withdrawal process, there will be no one around to ensure that the emergency is handled immediately and effectively. In a medically monitored detox setting like Allure Detox, quality clinical care is available around the clock. Doctors and nurses will check in on clients regularly throughout the day and night to make sure they are as comfortable as possible and that they are completely safe.
- Withdrawal can be very uncomfortable – both physically and mentally – when left untreated. At Allure Detox, we ensure that clients are as comfortable as possible as they undergo opiate withdrawal in our state-of-the-art facility. Attempting to taper off of opiates at home might seem like a good idea, but you will be in severe pain – pain that can be effectively treated otherwise.
Allure Detox – Medically Monitored Opiate Detox
If you have been suffering at the hands of opiate addiction of any severity, reach out to Allure Detox today for an unmatched level of quality clinical care.