The abuse of opiates is the leading cause of opiate addiction. Millions of people in the United States between the ages of 18-30 abuse or are dependent on these highly addictive substances. They come in the forms of prescription medication and illegal drugs. Abusing these substances can destroy your health, relationships, or career, and reduce your overall quality of life.
Many people who abuse prescription or ‘street drugs’ do so for pleasure or as an ‘escape’ from life’s stressors. They rarely, if ever, stop to think about their effects on physical and mental health, or may be confused about how destructive these drugs really are.
If you, or your loved one, are dependent on opiates, having a clearer understanding of the effects of these drugs on physical, mental, and emotional health may encourage you to seek treatment at a detox center.
Perhaps you tried to end addiction on your own without success. The chance of withdrawing on your own without relapse is rare. Successfully treating opiate addiction involves physical detoxification in combination with psychotherapy. If long-term recovery is your goal, then detoxification is critical.
What are Opiates?
Opiates, different from opioids, are the more natural form of the substance opium which is produced from the opium poppy plant. Heroin, codeine, and morphine are types of opiates commonly abused. These illegal or ‘street drugs’ are highly addictive.
Prescription painkillers are also made from opium. Classified as opioids, they include drugs such as codeine, morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Prescription opiates have a similar effect on the brain as recreational opiates and are also addictive, even when used as prescribed.
How Opiates Affect the Brain
To clear up any confusion, both prescription and recreational opiates can lead to drug addiction as they affect the brain in a similar manner. In addition to relieving pain, opiates give a rush of pleasure. The brain likes to repeat activities that cause a sense of euphoria. After it experiences opiate-induced pleasure, it wants that feeling again and again leading continuous use and addiction to opiates.
Once the brain becomes accustomed to the drug, you will increasingly need more of it in larger doses to get that ‘high’ or euphoria you crave. An increase in tolerance level is the main cause of drug overdose and death. Long-term use of opiates also changes the way the brain functions. It impairs thinking, adversely changes behavior, and causes poor decision-making.
How Can a Detox Center Help Me Recover from Opiate Addiction?
Whether your addiction stems from misuse, overuse, or abuse of prescription or recreational opiates, a detox center can help you with long-term recovery. Coastal Detox center has helped numerous patients get over opiate addiction using an effective detoxification treatment plan.
Detox from drug addiction is a systematic process of allowing the body to remove the drugs. The patient experiences physical, emotional, and psychological withdrawal symptoms that can last for weeks, even months, depending on the level of addiction.
• Strong cravings
• Mood swings
• Nausea or Vomiting
• Large pupils
• Sleep disturbances
Some post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) can be severe and possibly fatal. They include, seizures, stroke, or severe dehydration. Doing a detox at a treatment center can prevent medical complications or even death during withdrawal. A physician or medical practitioner will tailor a treatment plan to help you taper off opiates to reduce PAWS or fatality. It may include the use of opiate drug withdrawal medication.
What to Expect at a Detox Center
The three steps of detox are evaluation, stabilization, and preparation for entry into treatment.
Evaluation: A health professional will assess you to make an accurate diagnosis and set up a treatment plan. This involves blood tests and a look at your medical, drug, and psychiatric histories. The evaluation process helps to identify the addiction and the level of drug use. It helps determine any underlying medical or mental health conditions that may be co-occurring with drug abuse.
Stabilization: This is the process of withdrawing from the drugs in a safe, drug-free environment. Medication may be used in patients who are chronically addicted to minimize the effects of withdrawal. Once they achieve a “state of balance,” they may begin to recognize that addiction is a problem and be more receptive to recovery.
Preparation for Entry into Treatment: Once stabilized, the patient is now prepared to transition into an inpatient or outpatient recovery program where the focus is on treating underlying mental issues that may contribute to substance abuse.
Finding the Right Florida Detox Center
All detox centers in Florida are not created equal. If you or your loved one are between the ages of 18-30, choosing the right detox center in Florida is critical to long-term recovery. The right detox center will have a safe and supportive environment and a comprehensive approach to helping you safely withdraw from opiates.
At Coastal Detox center, in Stuart, FL, we have an experienced drug detox treatment team. It consists of medical and psychiatric professionals who are trained and certified in drug addiction recovery. They are compassionate and committed and will give you the supervision and emotional support you need to beat drug addiction.
Located on Florida’s Treasure Coast, our state-of-the-art, luxurious facility is the perfect setting to begin your journey to sobriety. Medically-assisted detox, counseling, holistic treatments, and therapies are part of our comprehensive treatment plan. Medical and psychological care and supervision are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can focus on recovery while enjoying a supportive environment, luxurious accommodations, and deliciously chef-prepared meals.
Detox increases the chance of abstaining from drugs after you leave the detox center. Patients who go through both the medically-assisted detox and mental health treatments are far more likely to remain drug-free. Knowing this may be the encouragement you needed to make that first step to sobriety.
You deserve a fresh start. You have what it takes to get over opiate addiction. You deserve to live a happy and healthy life which can begin by simply calling Coastal Detox at 866-802-6848. Most major insurance providers are accepted plus other payment options are available.