An average of 16 million Americans are using opioids improperly (abusing drugs) the National Institute of Health has revealed. While improper use can be addictive, responsible medication still has a possibility of leading to drug dependency.
Opiates can alter the physical and mental state of users. As such, traditional “cold turkey” detoxification may not have astounding results. More modern and effective programs of detoxification are called for when it comes to opiates. The process is longer, but often deemed safer for the patient.
Individuals who are addicted to medications that contain opiates may develop an opiate addiction. Therefore, it is necessary to learn, which medications contain this substance. Though many, most are those:
- Medications that contain Thebain such as Vicodin and Oxycodone.
- Medications with codeine like in Tylenol 3.
- Medications that has morphine.
- Illicit Heroin.
What Happens When You Stop Taking Opiates But Do Not Seek Proper Treatment?
In any case that the opiate user has decided to stop taking the drug entirely, whether it was prescribed or not, treatment is highly advisable. It is because the body may have already become dependent on opiates and may even be craving for a higher dose than what was regularly taken.
Detoxification from these medications is largely dependent on how severe the drug dependency case is. It is important that you detox with proper medical attention as any untrained and uncertified facility may not be fully equipped for the most severe withdrawal symptoms. Some of the most difficult withdrawal symptoms include:
- Difficulty in focusing
The choice to stop taking opiates is extremely a difficult choice and detoxifying without professional help is almost always unsuccessful. An individual who has become addicted to the substance should also remember that family and friends are willing to help in any way they can.
Are there other ways to Detox from Opiates?
When detoxifying from any drug, in this case from opiates, it is wiser to take it slow and detox at a safe and comfortable pace. Your options include:
Medicating While Detoxifying
Prescription drugs (e.g. Suboxone) have become increasingly popular in the detoxification process. It is often indicated for users who have decided to cease from opiate use and turn to the prescription drug instead. This process can take weeks and even months at a time; however, with a doctor who will monitor the progress, the treatment can reduce cases of drug relapse.
Taper Opiate Use
When medicating with a prescription opiate, the detox process can be as simple as reducing the dose at set intervals. This will give the body enough time to adjust, avoiding severe withdrawal symptoms from surfacing.
Also, it is recommended that you undergo therapeutic counseling to discourage relapse in case the thought of reliving the “high” gets in once again. Treatment should also be focused on behavioral rehabilitation to reap the best benefits.