Opiate Detox & Rehab Tennessee
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At Detox West Tennessee, we understand that opiate drugs are highly addictive and that quitting can be very hard. We are dedicated to helping those struggling with opiate use disorder overcome their addiction and return to a healthy life, free from opiates.
We know that people start using opiates for a variety of reasons. Some people used them recreationally, and some had legitimate prescriptions. People think that they’ll be judged if they ask for help. People also fear the withdrawal process.
Opioid use disorder is a medical condition that deserves professional and compassionate treatment. It doesn’t mean that you’re weak or immoral – it just means that you need help. With our support, we can make your transition into recovery as comfortable and painless as possible.
What Are Opiates?
Opiates refer to drugs such as heroin, morphine, and codeine. These are made from the opium poppy plant. People often interchange the terms ‘opiates’ and ‘opioids,’ but there is a difference between them. Opioids refer to synthetic or man-made opiate-like drugs. However, their effects are almost identical.
Common opiate drugs include:
Opiates have a high potential for misuse and are incredibly addictive. They have a significant influence on our brain and body chemistry. Opiate drugs work by binding to naturally occurring opiate-receptors in the brain.
Users eat, snort, inject, or smoke opiates. When consumed, they have euphoric and sedative properties. By binding to opiate receptors in the brain that numb our physical sensations, they are potent painkillers.
Opiate addiction can happen quickly. These drugs cause neural changes in the brain that increase the risk of addiction after just one use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that opiate addiction is a growing problem in the U.S. and worldwide.
The National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that opiate and opioid misuse and addiction is ‘a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.’
The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment states that prescription opioids are among the most commonly abused drugs in the U.S.A. People first take them to manage pain. They are highly addictive, so you must only take them under strict guidelines and doctor’s recommendations.
One of the leading causes of opiate addiction in the U.S is the prior use of prescription opioid painkillers. This could be a legitimate prescription from a doctor or bought illegally from a dealer.
Heroin is much cheaper and than illegally bought prescription opiates. If they can’t get their usual drugs, it is common to use heroin as a substitute. Heroin’s higher potency means that people become addicted faster.
What Is Opiate Addiction?
Opiates make users feel relaxed and produce feelings of euphoria and warmth. The effects can be so appealing that users soon find themselves craving more of the drug. The more you use, the greater your body’s tolerance to the drug’s effects.
As tolerance builds, you need greater doses to achieve the desired effects. Using more opiates in greater dosage and frequency creates a physical dependence.
When the body becomes physically dependent on opiates, it is extremely difficult to stop. An opiate-dependent person will struggle to function in daily life without the use of opiates.
Dependence soon leads to addiction. Opiate addiction a compulsive need to use opiates and an inability to stop using despite clear negative consequences. These consequences could involve:
- Losing a job
- Relationship breakdown,
- Mental and physical health consequences
At Detox West Tennessee, we have seen the havoc that opiate addiction wreaks on a person’s life. We have also seen inspiring and life-affirming recovery stories in many of our clients. While opiate addiction can consume your life temporarily, it does not have to be permanent.
Treatment and support for opiate addiction recovery are available. Here at Detox West Tennessee, we help clients begin their recovery journey by offering a fully medically supervised detox program. Detox is a crucial step on the road to recovery.
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Withdrawal refers to the distressing and uncomfortable symptoms experienced by those who have developed a dependence on opiates. Withdrawal typically begins within 6 to 12 hours of last use. The symptoms peak within 72 hours and can last for up to 10 days.
Withdrawal is one of the leading reasons for relapse. Some people try to quit using opiates alone, but this can be dangerous.
Unmedicated opiate withdrawal is intense. It’s very tempting for people to return to opiate use to alleviate the symptoms. Returning to use can be fatal, as tolerance decreases when you stop using, increasing the overdose risk.
Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Mood swings
- Excessive sweating
- Aches and pains
- High blood pressure
- Intense cravings
The body naturally attempts to detoxify itself when we stop using a given substance. The process is highly uncomfortable and overwhelming. Doing it by yourself makes it even harder.
Fortunately, you don’t need to detox alone. Here at Detox West Tennessee, we support clients through the detox and withdrawal stages of recovery. We use the latest evidence-based detox methods to make the detox and withdrawal process as safe and comfortable as possible.
Medical Opiate Detox
Detox from opiate drugs requires medical intervention. At our center, we use the following FDA-approved medications to support your opiate detox.
Methadone is an opioid agonist. It binds to the same opioid receptors in the brain as opiate drugs such as heroin and codeine. We prescribe methadone to help ease withdrawal symptoms.
We gradually reduce the dosage over time in a process known as tapering. Tapering reduces the severity of withdrawal symptoms so that the overall process is less overwhelming.
We prescribe buprenorphine to opiate-addicted clients to shorten the length of detox and to reduce the withdrawal symptoms. Similar to methadone, buprenorphine supports long-term recovery maintenance.
Lofexidine reduces the anxiety, agitation, pain, and cramping characteristic of opiate withdrawal. Methadone and buprenorphine help with maintenance. We use lofexidine to tackle these withdrawal symptoms and make life easier for the client during this vulnerable time.
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist. That means that it blocks the brain’s opioid receptors. As such, it prevents relapse. Blocking the brain’s opioid receptors reduces one’s ability to achieve the desired effects of opiate drugs.
We prescribe naltrexone in the later stages of detox. We do not prescribe it while opiates are still active in the system due to the potential health risks.
Benefits of Medically Assisted Opiate Detox
SAMHSA explains that medically supervised detoxification is the safest and most comfortable method of overcoming opiate use disorder. Some people try to stop using it by going ‘cold turkey’ – stopping use without medical support. This method is unnecessary, uncomfortable, and more likely to lead to relapse.
At Detox West Tennessee, expertly trained clinicians supervise your opiate detox. Our staff monitors your health throughout detox to make sure that you are safe and comfortable.
Comprehensive Recovery Support at Detox West Tennessee
Detox is the first stage of recovery. Attending rehab following detox improves your chances of recovery. Rehab usually includes therapy and the development of self-management skills.
Medical detox is a prerequisite for admission into a rehab facility.
When you come to our center, we prepare you for the rest of your recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with opiate use disorder, we can help. Our detox programs begin with an initial assessment to determine your current state of health,
With this information, we can formulate the most appropriate and effective detox program for your needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to receive the help you need. We deliver each program with compassion and non-judgment in a safe and comfortable environment.
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