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Opiate Withdrawal


Opiates are highly addictive central nervous system depressants that block pain receptors in the brain. Prescription opiates include Clonodine, Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Suboxone, Tramadol, Vicodin and Percocet.


Opiate withdrawal is a set of physical and emotional symptoms that occur when the body suddenly stops receiving doses of the drug. Because opiates affect brain circuits and change the physical structure and physiological functions of the brain, opiate withdrawal and addiction treatment requires detoxing the body and re-establishing normal brain function.


Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal


Typical opiate withdrawal symptoms include:

.   Intense cravings

.   Low energy

.   Severe anxiety and agitation

.   Insomnia

.   Hot and cold sweats

.   Muscle aches

.   Abdominal cramps and diarrhea

.   Nausea and vomiting


Certain opiate medications have additional withdrawal symptoms:

.   Oxycontin withdrawal symptoms include coughing, runny nose, and aching of muscles, joints and bones.

.   Suboxone withdrawal symptoms include body aches, confusion, depression, dersonalization, dizziness, mood swings and fatigue.

.   Clonodine withdrawal symptoms include nervousness, headaches, tremors, hallucinations and a dangerous or fatal increase in blood pressure.

.   Tramadol withdrawal symptoms include sweating, rigors, upper respiratory symptoms, hallucinations and aggressive behaviors.

.   Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include sweating and muscle aches.

.   Percocet withdrawal symptoms include a runny nose, body aches, fever, restless legs, weakness, and depression.


These symptoms make it extremely difficult for individuals to quit taking opiates on their own. Opiate withdrawal treatment in a professional in-patient or outpatient setting not only helps to alleviate severe cravings and physical discomfort, but it’s also essential for increasing the success rate for recovery and helping to prevent relapse.


Medical Detox

Medical detox is highly successful for opiate withdrawal treatment and can be part of an in-patient or outpatient treatment regimen. Medical detox involves administering certain medications to alleviate discomfort during detox and to control dangerous medical conditions that can result when a drug is suddenly withdrawn.


The benefits of medical detox include the close supervision of the entire process by medical personnel to help ensure health and safety, a considerable reduction in discomfort, a decrease in the intensity of cravings and its holistic approach to detox and subsequent treatment. Medical detox can help patients recover from withdrawal more quickly and it helps to prevent relapse.


Medications that are typically used during the medical detox process include:

.   Suboxone suppresses opiate withdrawal symptoms and reduces cravings.

.   Naltrexone blocks the effects of opiates to control cravings.

.   Paxil and other antidepressants reduce anxiety and depression and help prevent insomnia.


Components of Successful Opiate Addiction Treatment

Detoxifying the body is only the first step in successful opiate addiction treatment. Once the detox is complete and withdrawal symptoms are under control, treatment will incorporate a number of components aimed at a particular aspect of recovery.


No single treatment is appropriate for every individual. Farmington Drug Treatment Centers creates a personalized plan for each patient to address a diverse range of needs. Staying in treatment for the right amount of time is crucial to successful recovery.


Some of the key components of effective opiate treatment include family, group and individual counseling that typically include behavioral therapies, the ongoing administration of medications to control symptoms and cravings, the continual assessment and modification of the treatment plan to address the changing needs of the patient, the evaluation and treatment of underlying medical and mental health disorders and activities that take a holistic approach to heal the mind, body and spirit.


Let us help you get your life back in track. At Drug Rehab Treatment Centers Farmington, our medical staff can assist you every step of the way. Call us today at 585-371-5288.

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