Drug addiction refers to a perpetual physical and psychological dependence on a drug that result in serious, and sometimes fatal, withdrawal symptoms when the drug intake ceases or reduces. Opiates/ narcotics happen to be the strongest painkillers in the depressants drug categories. People may start taking these drugs innocently, to treat pain, then discover the euphoria and ability of these drugs to numb even the worst of pain, hence increasing dosages, resulting in addiction.
Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal from opiates, as with other drug addiction withdrawals, can result in severe levels of symptoms such as body aches, agitation and anxiety, splitting headaches, diarrhea, insomnia, chills, sweats, dilated pupils and vomiting among others. An abrupt withdrawal from opiates/ narcotics can even be fatal, so treatment should be a gradual withdrawal process.
Opiate withdrawals can be treated with less addictive depressants such as simple analgesics, buprenorphine and valium among other drugs and are closely monitored for their progress.
Detoxing From Opiates
When detoxing, a cleansing from the opiates in the body and brain occurs which can result in gradual withdrawals of the said drugs. The resulting symptoms can be treated with over the counter analgesics/ painkillers as they act in a similar manner to that of the opiates, hence ease the pain. Buprenorphine-containing drugs such as Subutex and Suboxone are also commonly used to curb opiate withdrawals. However, their use should be governed because they can also develop addiction. Diarrhea and nausea can be curbed with loperamide hydrochloride and Benadryl, Dramamine and meclizine respectively. Valium, Klonopin and Kratom can also be used to relieve the withdrawals; subject to doctors’ orders.
Drug Counseling Therapy
While physical withdrawals seem to overtake any other aspect of a person's life, emotional and psychological pain can also be unbearable. NSAIDS antihistamines may enable a person to sleep, but they do not eliminate underlying factors or suffering. The patient should be counseled and directed to understand all the withdrawals they might face so that it does not catch them by surprise.
Additionally, counseling offered in a group or family session may help the patient feel less alone and more supported; relieving some of the tension and pain they may experience.
Opiate Addiction Treatment
At Decision Point Center we provide patients with individualized treatment for addiction that focus on detox, therapy and recovery; including specialized opiate withdrawal treatment. An addiction can be near to impossible to break without proper, professional care. We focus on the patient as a whole-spirit, body and mind. Our skilled staff guide our patients through programs in a comfortable setting, which is ideal for healing. Call us today at 888-966-9279 to start your path of recovery! Why waste another minute