How Opiate Detox Centers Ensure That You Will Be Comfortable

For anyone who has ever experienced it, the nightmare of opiate withdrawal is not something easily forgotten. Just the thought of repeating such a hellish thing is enough to make the strongest person cower in terror. Most people simply refuse to do it. It’s a main reason why many people remain addicted to their opiate drug of choice.

There are many terms used to describe opiate withdrawal, and all of them are terrible. Opiate withdrawal is horrible. It’s painful. You’re plagued with the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bone and muscle pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Intestinal cramps
  • Feeling hot and then cold
  • Cold sweats
  • Drug cravings
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Feeling extremely weak

It’s Best to Get Professional Help

Forget about getting any sleep or even rest during opiate withdrawal. There is no position that is comfortable. Just getting up to shower drains your last bit of energy. You may be hungry and nauseated at the same time. In severe cases, not even a sip of cool water will stay down. You’re so thirsty you could scream, but you can’t drink and hold it down. Your abdominal muscles ache from the relentless vomiting. Your stomach hurts really bad, and it feels like there are worms crawling around in there. You may become severely dehydrated.

Opiate withdrawal is no joke, and it’s no wonder why no one will willingly go through it. It’s simply just too much to bear. Symptoms can last for up to a month or more, depending upon the opiate, the dose used and the duration of use. Severity is almost always dose-linked, but even relatively small doses can produce profound withdrawal symptoms in the physically addicted person.

This is why you need help to detox from opiates. The pain and discomfort of withdrawal can be greatly reduced with certain medications. Opiate detox centers don’t want you to be in pain from withdrawal. They offer very effective medication protocols that will keep you comfortable as your body adjusts and withdraws from your drug of choice.

It’s critical that you be honest with detox center staff. Your dosages of withdrawal medications will be based partly on what you have been using, so don’t lie. Just tell them the truth. You won’t shock them, and they need this information in order to best help you.

Medications Used  By Some Facilities to Help Get Off Opiates

Some medications used to help clients through the opiate detox process are:

  • Suboxone
  • Methadone
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Clonidine
  • Thorazine

Suboxone is a combination synthetic narcotic product. It contains a narcotic called buprenorphine. It also contains naloxone, a drug used to reverse opiate overdoses. It’s included to prevent abuse of the buprenorphine. In small oral doses, naloxone will not affect the actions of the buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is long-lasting. Only one daily dose is needed. It helps to curb drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms by occupying certain opiate receptor sites in the brain.

Methadone acts in a similar way to Suboxone, but it’s a pure opiate product. It’s also very long-lasting. Methadone is extremely effective and will relieve withdrawal symptoms in virtually everyone. This includes those persons not helped by Suboxone.

Muscle relaxants help the client with involuntary muscle jerks and restless leg syndrome. These are common during opiate withdrawal and can prevent the client from getting restful sleep. They are also extremely annoying.

Benzodiazepines are drugs that relieve anxiety and promote sleep. They are less commonly used, but they are very useful in the short-term for the extremely anxious client.

Clonidine is not a narcotic. It’s a beta-blocker that’s used mainly to lower high blood pressure and also for certain heart conditions. Its actions aren’t completely understood, but clonidine will relieve much of the opiate withdrawal syndrome for many people. Clonidine has the added advantage of getting you through withdrawal without the use of other opiates.

Thorazine, a non-narcotic, is a drug used mainly to treat psychoses such as schizophrenia. In small doses, it’s also very helpful for the opiate withdrawal symptoms.

You will not likely receive all of these medications at once. Your detox center will decide which is the best combination for you.

Opiate Detox: Why you Experience Withdrawal

To understand why your body goes through a withdrawal syndrome when opiates are suddenly withdrawn, you must first understand the body’s endorphin system. Endorphins are natural opiate-like substances produced by the body. These natural endorphins relieve pain and promote feelings of well-being. They work on the very same brain receptor sites that pharmaceutical opiates do. The body has a checks and balances system, so if you take opiates on a regular basis, your body will begin to produce less and less of its own natural endorphins.

When you abruptly stop taking opiates, the brain now has a shortage of natural endorphins. Without the presence of these endorphins, you will not feel very well. You will experience typical withdrawal symptoms until your body can ramp up its own endorphin production again.

Taking pharmaceutical opiates will also cause the brain to actually grow extra opiate receptor sites. When the opiate is stopped, it will leave these extra sites empty. The brain is used to having them occupied by your opiate drug of choice. This probably causes some of the withdrawal symptoms and most of the drug craving.

Your Comfort is Paramount During Withdrawal

Don’t let the fear of withdrawal prevent you from getting the help you need. Drug detox centers have medical professionals on staff who are experts in managing opiate withdrawal symptoms. It’s what they do. Most have doctors on staff who are specialists in addiction medicine. The entire staff will be warm and supportive. They don’t want you to be in pain. There’s no advantage or reason for that. You can be gradually withdrawn from your opiate drug of choice with minimal discomfort. If your medication protocol isn’t working for you, speak up. Everyone is different.

If you’re ready to take the next step to a drug-free life, we are here to advise and guide you. Please call us at 877-978-3125. We are here to assist you 24 hours a day. It may be the most important phone call you will ever make.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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