When it comes to opiates, abstaining for any period of time significantly lowers a person’s level of tolerance. The withdrawal symptoms that accompany opiate and heroin cessation are so severe that many who attempt to detox at home end up relapsing simply to end their painful symptoms. Prolonged opiate abuse causes a buildup of toxins throughout the bodies organs and bone system. The flushing of these toxins should only be administered by a trained medical detox staff as they are excruciating to endure.
If not performed under the guidance of a medical staff, detoxing on your own will almost certainly lead to a relapse. The majority of opiate and/or heroin users who die of an overdose often do so after they’ve attempted to self-detox.
Opiate Detox Facts
Abrupt withdrawal from heroin can cause extremely dangerous withdrawal symptoms
Many users require a medically-assisted treatment program for 6 months to 2 years or more after detoxing
Heroin or Opiate withdrawal symptoms begin 12 hours after the last use
Most users relapse after trying to self-detox, putting them at risk of overdose and death
The most severe symptoms of opiate withdrawal peak between 2 and 4 days after the last use
Some of the detox symptoms that accompany heroin and opiate withdrawal include:
Medications help reduce or eliminate cravings, physical pain, ease anxiety and help the individual transition more gently from an abrupt cessation from using opiates. A medically-supervised, long-term prescription regimen is almost always required in order to alleviate the long-term symptoms associated with heroin or opiate detoxification, and to allow the individual to gradually achieve full abstinence. These tapering medications are only administered by medical professionals under approved treatment protocols.
An accredited detox facility provides the care necessary for a safe withdrawal process, including an individually prescribed, medically supervised detox program, a team of therapists to manage physical and emotional conditions as well as to provide a nurturing, safe environment without the risk of relapse.
While more recent legislation is helping to prevent the over-prescribing of prescription opiates, they are still widely prescribed by doctors in order to assist with short and long-term pain management.
Opiates come in a variety of drug forms and medications, derived synthetically from opium, ranging from fentanyl, codeine, morphine, Vicodin (hydrocodone), Percocet, OxyContin, oxycodone, to illicit drugs such as heroin and opium.
If you or your loved one are addicted to opioid painkillers or heroin, you owe it to yourself and your family to detox with dignity within an accredited, medically-supervised detox center. To speak to an advisor at LIV Wellness Center, call 1-888-450-0949.
LIV Wellness Center is a place where those battling crippling drug and alcohol addiction can receive individualized detoxification treatment without the pain, discomfort or threat of withdrawal symptoms, cravings or relapse characteristic of detoxing without proper medical supervision.
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