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Addiction to opioids is one of the most serious types of addiction in the world. In the United States alone, over 2 million people are suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid painkillers and close to half a million people are addicted to heroin. This type of addiction, if not addressed immediately, often leads to serious consequences such as unintentional overdose deaths.

We, at Chiron, fully understand the struggle of individuals suffering from addiction to opioids, which is why we are always ready to assist them as they start their journey towards recovery. As with other types of substance abuse disorders, the road to recovery always starts with detoxification; in this case, opiate detox.

Opiate Detox

Opiate detox is the process of helping the drug addict gets rid of every remnant of toxins and opiates in his body by completely halting the use of the abused drugs. Unfortunately, this means that the persons had to experience the various negative effects of withdrawal such as anxiety, agitation, insomnia, hot and cold sweats, muscle aches and pains, as well as nausea, among others.

What are the Most Common Methods of Opiate Detox?

There are many methods of opiate detoxification but not all of them are considered safe and effective. Some of the most popular include the following:

Medical Detoxification

This type of detox process is carried out inside a medical or a drug rehabilitation facility, which means that the patient is under monitoring and care of trained professionals during the entire process. This method of detox is best for people who are suffering from opioid addiction for a long period considering that they are most likely to experience painful withdrawal symptoms.

Medical detoxification is also the advisable method for drug dependents who have significant health issues like diabetes and heart ailments because they need close supervision by a medical team. There are a lot of unpredictable things that can happen when patients are already in the withdrawal phase and the presence of professionals can significantly reduce the likelihood of dangerous situations occurring.

Apart from closely monitoring the patient, this type of detox method also includes medication replacement therapy or the use of medication to treat opiate addiction. This treatment approach aims to support the health of the addicted person while at the same time significantly reducing the negative effects of abusing opiates.

Rapid Detoxification

This method of detox takes about 48 hours to complete and uses general anesthesia to put the drug dependent to sleep while he is undergoing drug withdrawal. Apart from general anesthesia, the patient is also provided with intravenous injections of the following medications:

Opiate blockers such as naloxone, naltrexone, and nalorphine to halt the activity of the narcotics and opiate drugs that are still in the system of the drug dependent; and

Medications such as anti-nausea meds and muscle relaxants to address and significantly lessen the various withdrawal symptoms that the patient is experiencing.

Rapid detox is carried out in the hospital intensive care unit considering that this method still presents dangerous risks. The extremely shortened detox period puts the body in extreme amount of stress, not to mention the fact that the body is under general anesthesia for an extended period as well.

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At-Home Opiate Detoxification (Cold Turkey)

As the name suggests, this detox method is carried out by the person suffering from opioid addiction at home, without any help from professionals. This approach simply requires that the person stops using drugs immediately and endure the withdrawal symptoms during the entire time. While there are reported cases of success using this detox procedure, most patients lose their will to change after experiencing the painful and uncomfortable side effects of withdrawal.

What is Your Best Option?

While there are many detoxification methods so that the patient can be free from opiates and continue the next steps of the treatment process, not all of them are effective and safe. Home-based opiate detox, particularly for people who have been abusing opiates for a long time, can pose serious dangers since the same is carried out without the supervision of medical professionals. This is the reason why it is still best for you to rely on our team of specialists, here at Chiron, because they have the experience, skills, and capability to ensure the safety of your loved one during the detoxification process. Call us today for more information and a free consultation.


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