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Effective Opiate Detox

Written on: June 14th, 2010 By:

Opiates are commonly abused painkillers, such as vicodin, oxycontin and percocet, that lead to millions of addictions in the US every year.  In its most recent study, the National Survey of Drug Use & Health (NSDUH) showed that the number of opiate abusers aged 12 or older had climbed to more than 2.2 million, rivaling that of marijuana, which has long held the top spot.  Once addicted, many opiate users feel completely powerless and continue to use despite potentially dangerous or life-threatening consequences.

Opiate abuse can quickly cause physical dependence, which means that a person begins to rely on the drug simply to prevent symptoms of withdrawal.  Over time, greater amounts of the drug must be consumed to produce the same effect.

Individuals who abuse or are addicted to opiates can be treated, and the first and perhaps most vital step is an effective opiate detox. ¬† Although many opiate users attempt to detoxify on their own (or go “cold turkey”), this can be dangerous or even fatal. ¬†¬†¬†Serious health issues could arise that require medical attention such as high blood pressure, seizure, hallucinations and convulsions. ¬†To safely and successfully achieve an effective opiate detox, most treatment centers will combine the detox process with counseling and pharmacological therapies.

As the primary substance of abuse, opiates accounted for almost one fifth (19 percent) of all substance abuse treatment, according to the US Substances Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in their most recent study.

Opiate detox can be challenging, but finding the right detox center can make all the difference. ¬†Many effective opiate detox centers provide clients with a safe, secure facility where the physical discomfort resulting from withdrawal can be supervised and managed. ¬† Pharmacological therapies, aka ¬†‚Äúsubstitution therapies,‚ÄĚ involve an addict’s effective opiate detox by way of other opiate-based drugs, such as Suboxone and Naltrexone.

Effective opiate detox usually lasts no more than a week, depending on the drug as well as the length and frequency of use.  It is important to note, however, that detox is really only the first step in the recovery process.  The greatest likelihood of success is achieved when an effective opiate detox precedes a more long-term treatment program.


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