Narcotics (Prescription Opioid) Detox Tennessee

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Prescription Opioid Detox Tennessee

At Detox West Tennessee, we understand how hard it is to detox from prescription opioids alone. However, with our years of clinical experience, we can make it easier.

The detox phase is the first step you take into recovery. Therefore, it’s essential to get it right. With the proper support, we help our clients successfully start their recovery.

Prescription opioids are potent, highly addictive painkillers. In America, nearly 50,000 people a year die from prescription opioid overdoses. Although opioid use disorders are common, they are also extremely dangerous.

Prescription opioids are mind-altering and produce a powerful high. Users quickly build up a tolerance and need more of the substance to get the same effect. Opioids have powerful withdrawal effects that can make stopping very hard.

Each client’s reason for using opioids is different – we appreciate that. That’s why we approach every person as the individual that they are. We tailor our detox program to suit your needs.

What are Prescription Opioids?

Prescription opioids are semi-synthetic painkillers. Pharmaceutically they have very similar effects to heroin. The withdrawal symptoms are almost the same.

They include:

  • Oxycodone (Roxicodone, OxyContin, Percodan)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco, and Zohydro)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Tramadol (Ultram, Tramacet)
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl
  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine (Subutex, Suboxone)

In 2019, doctors wrote 150 million opioid prescriptions in the United States. Opioids have a wide range of clinical uses. They are mainly used to treat moderate to severe pain. However, they also kill emotional pain and produce a high. This means that they have a high potential to be misused.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, around 1.7 million Americans have a substance abuse disorder related to prescription opioids. Researchers estimate that between 21-29% of people prescribed opioids misuse them. Misusing involves taking more than prescribed or snorting or injecting tablets.

Opioid Detox Symptoms

Prescription opioids are physically addictive. Addiction is where the body becomes dependent on the drug to maintain its regular function. When people stop suddenly, they suffer from unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

However, when properly managed, opioid withdrawal symptoms are far more bearable. A clinical opioid detox significantly improves the chance of successful recovery.

It’s important to note that although misusing opioids increases the chance of addiction, they can be addictive when used as prescribed. If someone takes opioids for long enough, they become dependent.

Whether you started from a dealer or a doctor, we can help if you want to stop. We work with clients from all walks of life.

Some of the symptoms of opioid detox include:

  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Insomnia
  • Restless legs
  • Muscle cramps and pains
  • Cravings for opioids
  • Increased emotional sensitivity

Managing Opioid Detox

Many of our clients try to detox on their own before they reach out to us. Withdrawal from opioids without support is highly unpleasant. Often people are scared to do it due to past bad experiences. They think that it’s impossible to detox without feeling that bad.

With clinical management in a treatment program, opioid detox is much easier. We can prescribe medication that reduces symptoms. Our medical professionals assess each one of our clients individually, and

Some of the FDA approved medications we prescribe are:

Methadone

Methadone is a long-acting opioid that we use to reduce people’s physical dependence gradually. Methadone stops people from going into withdrawal too quickly. It helps us to stabilize clients and reduce their cravings. 

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is an opioid drug that also acts as a blocker. It eliminates withdrawal symptoms when properly dosed. However, if someone takes buprenorphine too early, it can make symptoms much worse. Our clinical experts ensure that you or your loved one only get this medication at the correct time.

We usually slowly wean people down on the dose of buprenorphine they receive. This means that the withdrawal symptoms come on slower, and they are less extreme.

Sleeping Aids

Insomnia can be one of the most challenging parts of the withdrawal process. We can prescribe sleeping aids to help clients get over the worst of this. Some of these medications can be addictive, so we only prescribe them in the short-term.

Lofexidine

Restless legs and a sense of panic are unpleasant parts of the withdrawal process. Clients feel like they can’t get comfy, and the nervous system sends ‘fight-or-flight’ signals, making them feel anxious.

Lofexidine lowers blood pressure and helps reduce some symptoms such as hot/cold sweats, muscle cramps, and insomnia. It also calms the nervous system down and inhibits the release of noradrenaline.

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Support

At Detox West Tennessee, we understand that sometimes we just need an understanding person to hear us. We take a holistic approach to treating our clients – we look at their body and their mind.

You’ll have compassionate staff on hand 24/7 should you need support. You will also develop powerful friendships with other clients and attend expertly-led support groups.

There are many benefits to residential detox. You’ll be away from your usual triggers in a completely safe environment. You won’t have to worry about day-to-day stresses like cooking or shopping. We make sure that you get fed delicious and healthy meals while you’re here with us.

In short, we take care of you so that you can focus on yourself.

Needle-less ACU Detox

Needle-less ACU Detox is ear acupuncture for recovery. It is a low-risk, evidence-based approach to helping people with symptoms of opioid detox. We only use very fine needles – you’ll barely feel them going in.

There are five points in your ear. Each part affects a different part of the body. For example, one part corresponds with the nervous system, and others affect the heart.  We activate these points through acupuncture and help your body to relax.

Guided Imagery and Visualization

Guided Imagery and Visualization is a technique for stress reduction. We all need some respite from time to time – detox is no different. This technique involves creating a mental image of a peaceful, scenic environment.

Our trained staff members facilitate these sessions. You might picture yourself at the beach, by a lake, or in a forest.

In the short-term, this helps people distract themselves from their withdrawal symptoms. However, over the longer term, it can be a powerful coping tool. We can train our bodies to react as if we are calm, even when we are not.

Guided imagery and visualization is a brilliant tool for when life throws a curveball at you. You’ll have a portable and risk-free way of calming yourself down.

Opioid Detox Timeline

When you are physically dependent on opioids, your body needs them to function. Our bodies use natural opioids to regulate themselves. Using opioids disrupts this, and the body stops producing them.

Our natural opioids regulate digestion, mood, and temperature, among other things.  The severity of opioid withdrawal will depend on a few factors:

  • How long you used opioids for
  • Your overall health condition
  • The type of opioid you use
  • How many times you have detoxed before

Early Stages

The early stages of opioid withdrawal can start from four to thirty hours after you last took any opioids. This is because some opioids take longer to leave your system than others.

They last for around two days. During this stage, you might experience:

  • Muscle aches
  • Yawning
  • Tiredness
  • Teary eyes
  • Sweating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Goosebumps

Acute Stages

Opioid withdrawal usually peaks around the third or fourth day. This time is when people are at their most vulnerable. It is important to remember that although these symptoms can be worrying, we can treat most of them. It is always safer to detox with help.

Symptoms usually last for around three days and can include:

  • Chills
  • High temperature
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Craving opioids
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lack of appetite

Post-acute Withdrawal Symptoms

Although the body does eventually restore its natural chemical balance, it takes time. These can be vulnerable months for those in early recovery. At Detox West Tennessee, we know that sometimes these things take time. It is common for people to attend drug treatment following detox.

Treatment enables people to get to the root cause of their condition. You’ll learn healthy coping skills and will develop a friendship network based on recovery. Attending treatment significantly raises your odds of a sustained recovery. We can recommend several treatment centers, depending on your needs.

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The thought of an opioid detox is scary for many people. We understand – we’ve helped hundreds of people on this vital stepping stone. With the compassionate care, education, and medical expertise we offer, we’re confident we can help you find your feet in recovery.

Detox doesn’t have to be a bad experience. With the right help, we can make it as pain-free as possible, and it will be the first part of long-term recovery. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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