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How To Wean Off Opiates?




Once the decision has been made, the process of overcoming addiction to opiates can be a very daunting one. You should not try to attempt to take it on by yourself. All you need to start with on your pathway to recovery is to find the most effective treatment program that will cater to your unique needs.

Only then can you start to overcome all the withdrawal symptoms every addict finds dreadful. You will also be able to determine the root causes that trigger your addiction in the first place. Finally, a successful treatment will also empower you and make you more knowledgeable about taking care of your own health.

Factors to consider when choosing an opiate treatment center:

Knowledge and availability of specialized medical professionals.

It is essential that a physician is present to guide you throughout the initial detox stage. It should be noted that the duration of your exposure to opioids be it months or years can alter your body and mind and make you physically dependent on the substance. Going without the addictive substances, you can suffer extreme body aches, abdominal pain, nausea, anxiety, sleeplessness, and other distressful symptoms.

Hence, a medical professional who can guide you through opioid withdrawal while keeping you in a comfortable and safe state until you are able to achieve full detoxification is extremely important.

Once the detox process is thoroughly completed, your physician may begin to give you antagonist medications like Naltrexone and Vivitrol. These types of drugs are necessary to help prevent drug cravings often associated with going cold turkey or taking on archaic drug rehab detox methods. It is, therefore, adequate medical supervision that will ensure your safety and success throughout an opioid detox until you can achieve sobriety.

Individualized treatment that should be done in a private setting.

Fear and shame are often the most serious barriers when trying to overcome addiction. In-treatment patients sometimes hesitate to talk about important details concerning their use of opioids when they feel threatened or embarrassed. Circumstances like these deprive caregivers with information that are crucial to the patient’s proper treatment. Moreover, privacy will also make the patient feel safe when asked to give an honest and comprehensive history.

Aside from keeping you safe and maintaining your dignity and privacy, an individualized treatment will also give you undivided attention from a caregiver, who will closely monitor you for signs of distress and take action immediately. Medical professionals may better evaluate your condition and explain what you need to do to complete your recovery. This will ensure that there will be no miscommunication that may hamper or lessen the effectivity of your recovery.

At some points, however, you may opt to involve your loved ones during the course of treatment. Overall, you should be able to get enough opportunities for assessment and treatment with a physician in private.

Caregivers also need to pay close attention to the changes made in other aspects of your life that can impact your access to the drugs, your mental health, and other factors that may affect your likelihood of keeping yourself opiate-free after treatment.

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