Opioid and Opiate Detox in Florida
Undergoing a medical detox for opioids or opiates can effectively prevent unpleasant and painful complications that can result from sudden discontinuation of use and can help the individual to achieve abstinence from these addictive drugs.
Opioids and opiates are derived or synthesized from the opium poppy plant and are often abused for their painkilling and euphoric effects. Examples include naturally-occurring compounds, such as morphine and codeine, the semi-synthetic drugs, such as heroin, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, and fully synthetic substances, such as fentanyl and methadone. They can be ingested in a variety of ways, including orally, intranasally, or by smoking or through injection.
When these substances breach the blood-brain barrier, they increase levels of the feel-good chemical dopamine, which induces intense feelings of pleasure and reward. Indeed, it is this effect that makes opioids and opiates so addictive. Once this powerful high has been experienced, the brain, and therefore, the user, seeks to re-experience these feelings repeatedly.
Prolonged, excessive opioid/opiate use has been associated with many adverse health complications, and users who develop tolerance and dependence are at continual risk of suffering from an overdose. Users who inject these drugs will encounter even more problems, including exposure to blood-borne infections such as hepatitis C and HIV, and abscesses and collapsed veins as a result of needle use.
Addiction occurs when a user has completely lost control over the use of a substance and has become obsessed with obtaining and using it. Once an individual is physically dependent, he or she will face highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit or cut back, and this is a primary reason why so many opioid users relapse despite multiple attempts to discontinue use.
This behavior occurs because, over time, the brain and body become accustomed to the drug’s presence, and without it, they cannot function normally. Chemical and functional changes in the brain have become well-established, and the longer and more frequent the use, the more and more challenging it is for a user to quit.
For this reason, the best approach to recovery from opioids usually involves a medical detox center, where the individual can be supervised around-the-clock and treated for withdrawal symptoms. Although withdrawal is not usually life-threatening, these symptoms can be very intense and even painful. Without clinical supervision, they often lead to relapse and a return to frequent drug use.
After detox, enrollment in a residential treatment center is highly recommended to help promote long-term sustainable recovery and offer support, therapy, counseling, and other vital resources.
Signs and Symptoms of Opioid and Opiate Use
Immediate symptoms from the use of opioids and opiates, aside from feelings of relaxation and euphoria, can include itching, dry mouth, nausea, and vomiting. Next, symptoms such as slowed breathing and heart, and mental fog may occur. The user may begin nodding off in some cases, alternating between sleeping and wakefulness.
Extended opioid/opiate abuse can eventually cause other severe health conditions, including heart problems, liver and kidney disease, and for those who administer drugs by injection, abscesses, infections, and collapsed veins. Moreover, the chronic, heavy use of opiate substances, over time, will undoubtedly take a serious toll on the body.
The Opioid Detox Process
Just Believe Detox uses a highly-effective process for assisted individuals with withdrawal from opioids and opiates safety and in relative comfort. We employ knowledgeable staff consisting of medical and mental health providers who are equipped to intervene and manage drug withdrawal and treatment regardless of how severe or prolonged the condition may be.
Before drug detox, we thoroughly evaluate each individual’s needs by performing a full physical and psychological assessment and gathering information about the person’s family life and history. This knowledge allows us to devise an appropriate and effective plan for detox.
After the plan has been developed, we then help our patients prepare for the detox process. We ensure that he or she knows what to expect and are well-equipped with the support and resources needed for success.
As we guide individuals through the detox process, our mission is to ensure that he or she feels safe, secure, and as comfortable as possible. With 24-7 supervision, we can adjust our treatment if necessary and prescribe additional medication when appropriate to keep withdrawal symptoms under control.
Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
During an opioid detox, some withdrawal symptoms are a near certainty, but the severity and duration of symptoms will vary among individuals. The following effects are the most common:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Body aches and pains
- Chills and cold sweats
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle cramps
- Mood swings
Most people who undergo detox will encounter withdrawal symptoms about 12 hours after the last dose. For 5-7 days, the most unpleasant effects are likely to occur, and after a week will usually begin to wane. However, some individuals who have used opioids in excessive amounts or for an extended period may experience symptoms, particularly those that are psychological in nature beyond this period, possibly for months.
Let’s End Addiction
If you are ready to reclaim the healthy and fulfilling life you deserve, we urge you to contact us today for a consultation and to discuss treatment options. Please know that you are not alone, and you CAN expect long-lasting recovery with the help of Just Believe Detox Center and Just Believe Recovery!