Addiction disrupts your life until you no longer can find the time to take care of other parts of your health. While addiction is difficult to overcome no matter which type of substance you use, people who have developed a dependency on opioids face some of the toughest withdrawal symptoms that anyone can face. An opiate addiction develops when you become emotionally and physically dependent upon using substances such as pain pills or heroin, and it doesn’t take long for some people to develop strong dependencies that make it hard to just quit on their own.
While you may be eager to get your detox over with, you should understand that slow and steady really does win the race to overcome addiction. Since opiate withdrawal symptoms can be severe enough to cause life-threatening reactions, medical assistance is often necessary to help keep you safe. In medically-assisted detox, you receive support from trained professionals who can monitor your progress through each stage of withdrawal. In some instances, you may be able to quit cold turkey with the help of medications, or you may need to slowly be weaned off of the opiates to protect your health. Since each person is different, you must understand that multiple factors go into the determination of how long an opiate detox program takes to complete.
Is An Opiate Detox Program Right For Me?
You may be wondering if you even need to go to detox. After all, many people go straight into a normal rehab program without any problems. While this works fine with mild addictions to substances such as marijuana, you are likely to need rehab if you have used opiates for a long time. The use of strong opiates such as fentanyl or heroin is also another sign that you need to attend a detox program before you move forward with any other type of treatment. At our detox center, you can get help with overcoming an addiction to the following different types of opiates.
As you explore whether or not detox is right for you, keep in mind that most people never imagined that they would end up with an addiction. You may be the type of person that no one would ever suspect to have a problem. Many people who come to our detox center come from healthy backgrounds that are not always associated with an addiction. For example, you may have started using prescribed pain medications to overcome a sports injury, but you found that you could not stop using them once your body had healed. Alternatively, you could be a new parent who was prescribed hydrocodone to cope with the pain after your delivery, and you now find that trying to stop taking the medication causes you withdrawal symptoms. There is no specific type of person who attends treatment at a detox center. Instead, your intake team will help you determine if our program is ideal for helping you get clean.
How Long Should I Plan to Stay at An Opiate Detox Center?
The average stay at an opiate detox center can range from several days to multiple weeks. While you never quite know how fast your body will detox and your mind will respond to therapy, we can help you gain a better understanding of how long detox lasts once we get to know you. Factors that influence the length of your stay at an opiate detox center include your motivation to follow your treatment plan, guidelines set forth by your insurance company as well as how severe your addiction was before you came to the program. Since it is often not recommended to try quitting opiates on your own, you may enter the program already under the influence of the drugs, which can extend your stay slightly by an extra day or two. Keep in mind that this is perfectly normal, and we encourage you to come to our center ready to get sober even if you had to use the drug earlier in the day.
Once you’ve entered the program, you will need to allow time for the treatment plan to work. Healing your body after months or years of drug abuse takes time, and it does not usually all happen overnight. However, you should begin to notice changes in how you feel beginning from the very first day. Once the main withdrawal symptoms ease, you can then begin to enjoy the benefits of a nutritious diet and exercise plan that are all designed to help you revive your joy for life. By the time that you are ready to leave the program, you will likely find that you wish you could stay. That’s because everything from the tranquil serenity garden to the massage therapy room is designed to help you learn how to relax without needing the influence of opiates to alter your mind.
Will I Need More Treatment After My Detox Stay?
Your journey toward recovery begins in detox, yet you can expect to work on staying sober for the rest of your life. Typically, you will receive services during your stay that help you through the worst part of getting off of opiates. Sadly, many people try to quit opiates but go back to using them within the first day or two of quitting. With medical assistance, you have the help you need to overcome cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms so that you can successfully avoid a relapse during the critical early period of sobriety. This gives you the best chances for avoiding a relapse down the road.
Before you leave the detox center, your treatment team will help you develop a plan that helps you stay committed to sobriety. Like detox, this plan will be different for everybody since your lifestyle, mindset and personal experiences all impact your need for after care services. For example, you may only need to attend meetings in your community to help you avoid opiates. Alternatively, you may be a candidate for a sober living community. Either way, you’ll be ready for the next stage of your recovery once you gain control over your cravings in detox.
Are you ready to kick your addiction to opiates? Give us a call now at 866-802-6848