Opiate Detox

Dr. Howard Samuels Outreach Team

Latest Detox Questions

"I've heard that coming off drugs can be dangerous. How do you know if someone needs drug detox?"

"I want to stop using opiates. What is the best way to detox off opiates?"

"I'm not looking forward to detoxing. How long does drug relapse last?"
What is the best way to detox off opiates?

Oxycodone, Fentynal, and Morphine are just a few opiate based drugs, that can potentially become extremely addictive. Heroin is another opiate drug that is extremely addictive and life threatening. Depending on the dose and period of use, sustaining from opiates can initiate withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawals are a sure sign that a dependency to the drug has developed. Withdrawal symptoms of opiates can be very intense and make the detox period very difficult. Withdrawals can be expected within 8 hours of abstinence and include:

  • Anxiety, depression and mood swings
  • Excessive sweating or cold sweats
  • Cold-like symptoms: cough, runny nose, and fever
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Loss of Appetite, nausea, vomiting
  • Restlessness, insomnia

In some cases these withdrawals can reach levels of severe depression, seizures, and suicidal thoughts. Medical supervision during an opiate detox is highly recommended and optimal for a safe and comfortable detox. Tapering off opiates or taking medications especially for treating opiate addiction or dependency can be very beneficial during the detox period. Treatment centers specializing in opiate detox and methadone clinics to safely monitor the detox period can ensure the safety of the individual.

Integrating a healthy diet and exercise is important during the detox period, the body is essentially flushing the chemicals, this can cause dehydration and lack of nutrients. Treatment facilities that offer both opiate detox as well as addiction therapy can aide in long-term recovery of opiate addiction. Opiate addiction treatment can give a recovering addict life skills that can be vital tools for long-term recovery.

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