People caught in the grips of an opioid use disorder know that if they do not stop, then they will die. Most opioid addicts have lost friends to the disease, succumbing to overdose. They see the daily headlines of the ever-growing death toll associated with this family of narcotics. They want to quit, and have heard it is possible to do so on one’s own, unaided by medical detox centers and addiction treatment facilities.
It is a fact that some people do manage to get out from under acute withdrawal symptoms. Then they go on to work a program of addiction recovery by way of one of the various methods. However, it is extremely rare, and attempting to detox on one’s own can be deadly on two fronts.
First: the symptoms of acute withdrawal can include: pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, hypertension, tachycardia and seizures. Some people may not know that diarrhea and vomiting can cause severe dehydration which can be fatal. Second: many give up after a few days of detox; and with a lower tolerance there’s a heightened risk of overdose.
Medical Detox Is About More Than Medicine
Prescription opioids and the like are easy to get hooked on, extremely hard to get off. However, one’s risk of relapse is far higher without help. Medical detoxes utilize a number of drugs to help opioid addicts stay the course. They provide medication that can greatly reduce the severe discomfort typified by withdrawal. The drugs provided during detox can include:
- Buprenorphine combined with naloxone to ease cravings.
- Sedatives to reduce anxiety and to help with sleep.
- Clonidine to help with agitation, muscle aches, sweating and cramping.
Which medications are employed varies from case to case and from one detox to another. But, the aforementioned drugs are almost always used for a time. How much these drugs can aid in detox cannot be overstated. On the other hand, it is worth pointing out that detox is about more than medication and rest.
People in medical detox are introduced to the Program. Thus, beginning the process that will keep them from relapses in the long run. Medical detoxes are safe environments, free from the outside world temptations to use: People, places and things that can foil their lifesaving efforts. Your disease is not the only trigger that can precipitate a relapse.
Benefiting from Medical Detox
Some of you reading this might think to yourself, ‘I can get all those medications myself. Why do I need to spend the money for medical detox?’ The best answer is that without medical supervision the very drugs you take to help you can actually kill you. Just because you have a street Ph. D. in pharmacology, does not mean you are qualified to practice medicine. You can have adverse reactions and even overdose on your detox meds, particularly methadone.
Please contact Boca Detox Center to begin your story of recovery. We can provide you the best chance at succeeding in the long run. When it comes to opioid use disorder, the stakes are exceedingly high.