Opiate Abuse and addiction are major public health threats throughout the country, affecting men and women of all ages and in every single demographic. When we look at the numbers situation makes it even worst every single year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The number of drug overdose deaths that directly involved an opioid narcotic has quadrupled since the year 1999. In 2019, there were a reported 70,630 overdose deaths. Over 70 percent of these preventable fatalities directly involved opiate-like heroin, or a prescription painkiller like oxycodone or hydrocodone. The country is now in the midst of what has become known as a nationwide opioid epidemic.
History of the Opiate Epidemic
It is largely believed that this epidemic first began in the mid-1990s when pharmaceutical companies began marketing prescription opioid narcotics to help with the relief of moderate or severe pain. Medical professionals were prescribing these medications excessively, seeing as they believe that there were no inherent side effects and that they were not particularly habit-forming.
The truth was, that medications like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine had very high potentials for abuse, and many men and women who have been prescribed these medications for an extended period developed physical and psychological dependence.
At around the year 2010, rates of heroin overdose began to spike significantly. In 2013, rates of overdose involving a synthetic opioid like fentanyl began to rise. Since then, opiate abuse and addiction have claimed thousands of innocent lives on an annual basis. The good news is that recovery is always possible. If you or someone you love has been abusing an opiate of any kind, Allure Detox is available to help.
How Opiates Leave Your System During Detox
Opiate detox is not generally life-threatening, however, it can be extremely uncomfortable if it is not overseen and treated in a medically monitored detox facility. Most people who undergo opiate detox describe the experience as having a bad cold or flu. Symptoms typically resolve within two weeks, but they can resolve much more quickly if the person who is experiencing opiate withdrawal decides to seek treatment from a medical detox facility. If you have been abusing an opiate of any kind, you might be wondering, “How many days until you’re clean off opiates?”
Most opiates leave the system very quickly. Depending on the severity of abuse, most opiate narcotics are only detectable in urine for between two days and one full week. Opiates might leave your system more quickly if you have a fast metabolism, if you have healthy kidneys, or if you drink a good amount of water.
The amount of body fat you have, your age, and your overall health will also determine how long opiates are detectable in the system. A general rule of thumb is that opiates are not detectable in the system for longer than seven days, and they are only detectable and blood tests or saliva tests for up to four days. However, if you abuse opiates regularly, opiates can be detected in hair tests for up to 90 days – or three full months.
Allure Detox – Comprehensive Care and a Pain-Free Withdrawal
Usually, opiate detox is not life-threatening, it can be extremely uncomfortable. This is why it is always a good idea to enter into a medical detox program before continuing to the next appropriate phase of your treatment program. At Allure Detox, we utilize cutting-edge treatment options to provide our clients with the most pain-free withdrawal possible. We offer a wide range of services and amenities that focus on initiating the healing process and making our clients as comfortable as possible.
If you have been struggling with opiate addiction and you would like to learn more about our detox program, please feel free to reach out to us at any point in time. We have also developed an admissions process that is simple and easy to understand so that our future clients can access the care they need as quickly as possible.