Massachusetts Opioid Detox Program
Opioid Detox Program
What Are Opioid Drugs?
Opioids are a class of drugs that reduce pain or increase pleasure responses in the brain and central nervous system. Natural opioid drugs are derived from the opium poppy seed plant that grows in China and other parts of the world. Heroin and opium are two examples of natural opioids. Synthetic opioids are created in a lab and provide the same effects to reduce pain and cause euphoria like natural opioids.
Fentanyl and methadone are the most recognized and abused synthetic opioid drugs. Semi-synthetic opioids are partially derived from poppy seed plants and man-made ingredients. Morphine and numerous prescription pain killers such as Vicodin, oxycontin, Dilaudid, and others are examples of semi-synthetic opioid drugs.
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Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Addiction
People who are addicted to opioids are identified as having opioid use disorder, also known as addiction to opioids. The most common opioids that people become addicted to include powder and black tar heroin, prescription pain killers, fentanyl, and drugs cut with fentanyl, and morphine. For persons who struggle with opioid use disorder, their addiction may have developed suddenly after they were prescribed, prescription pain killers. Heroin addiction is often is a result of using prescription pain killers. Prescription pain killers cause addiction, and since they require a doctor’s approval, many people who are abusing them switch over to heroin because it is cheaper and easier to get.
Signs that a person is addicted to opioids will include a noticeable change in personality and behavior. People high on opioids will appear sleepy or sluggish, and their pupils will be constricted, also called ‘pinned’ eyes. Someone who is abusing opioids will also ‘nod’ off during conversations or when they are smoking, watching tv, and even while driving. These people also look less well kept. They may not shower for days on end, their home will be untidy, and they may likely stay in the same clothes or wear dirty clothes often. The reason people who are addicted to opioids neglect their appearance is that they are no longer concerned with how they look; their focus is on getting and reminding high.
Addiction to opioids causes physical opioid withdrawal symptoms. A person experiencing opioid withdrawals will be agitated and uncomfortable. The physical symptoms are more drastic, and they are the very reason that people who become addicted to opioid drugs cannot stop taking them on their own. The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists the significant withdrawal symptoms that opioids cause when someone is addicted. According to NIDA, opioid withdrawal symptoms come on quickly, and they can start within hours of the last use.
Medical Detox for Opioid Withdrawal
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people addicted to an opioid who stop using the drug can have severe withdrawal symptoms that begin as early as a few hours after the drug was last taken. These withdrawal symptoms include:
The greatest challenge of opioid addiction and opioid withdrawal symptoms is that the person is in such extreme physical discomfort that they are desperate to feel better. Committing crimes to get money for opioids or using other unknown opioids to find relief are two very dangerous ways people with this addiction behave. An accidental overdose frequently occurs when a person begins to experience withdrawal symptoms. In their desperation to feel better, they will take too much of another less familiar opioid and overdose. In any situation trying a more potent drug can easily cause a life-threatening emergency and accidental overdose to happen, not just with opioids.
The hardest part for anyone who is addicted to opioids is how they can maintain their habit. Opioids cause physical dependency in a short amount of time (2-3 months). Once a person becomes hooked on an opioid, they will require using it daily to avoid the opioid detox symptoms. Opioid use disorder becomes a matter of physical wellness. Opioid addiction is a lethal condition that typically causes accidental overdoses by the people attempting to reverse the physical withdrawal symptoms, so they feel better.
Opioid Detox Program at Evoke Wellness Massachusetts
Every client in our Massachusetts Opioid detox center is provided safe and effective opioid withdrawal medications to reverse and minimize detox symptoms. Our detox center is overseen by medical experts who specialize in addiction medicine and detoxification. We provide a comfortable detox environment where clients are allowed to rest and sleep until they are feeling physically well. Our detox center relies on buprenorphine as the primary medication to help a person get through the opioid withdrawals.
We approve other medications that help them sleep, control nausea and vomiting, as well as medications to help them feel less anxious or depressed. Our center makes sure each person is assessed regularly by medical doctors, addiction counselors, and mental health specialists. Although the first step in getting free from an addiction to opioids is detox, the next is to help the person overcome their addiction.
Evoke Wellness Massachusetts opioid detox centers encourage recovery and as well as abstinence from opioid drug use. Our opioid detox unit is directly connected to our opioid addiction treatment programs. People who struggle with opioid use disorder require a specialized opioid addiction treatment program to help them remain clean long term. Ideally, our clients complete detox and enter a substance-specific opioid addiction rehab program. This way, they have already established connections to our professional staff of addiction counselors, therapists, and medical doctors as well as with others who are in their recovery program.