Private: Opiate Detox Program In Houston

Opiate Dependence

When an individual is abusing an opiate, the more frequently that he or she abuses it, the more his or her body becomes used to the drug. When the body gets used to a certain amount of the drug, the user no longer experiences the same sense of being high, which is what triggers him or her to use more. When this occurs, it is known as having a tolerance. The more that opiates are abused, the more that the user will need to consume just to feel high. As he or she chases that feeling, dependence can form, which means that if he or she suddenly stops using or decreases the amount that he or she is using, his or her body will experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be slightly uncomfortable to crippling, depending on the user’s relationship with the opiate.

Opiate users who have a dependence know that when they are unable to use, they can quickly start to feel withdrawal coming on, which is why most users are always looking to obtain more of their opiate of choice. Withdrawal symptoms associated with opiates are notoriously painful, prompting most users to just keep using to avoid that experience. However, when someone addicted to opiates wants to try to stop using on his or her own, he or she may do so knowing that withdrawal is imminent. Unfortunately, despite efforts to stop using and get sober, countless individuals addicted to opiates give in to the distress caused by withdrawal symptoms and go right back to using. When this cycle continues, it can be very demoralizing to the user, as he or she wants to get sober but fails to do so when he or she makes an attempt to do so. The feelings of failure and poor self-esteem often fuel the individual’s desire to want to keep using so that he or she does not have to keep feeling emotions that are too difficult to handle when sober.

A dependence on opiates is serious, as it is constantly serving as a catalyst for an individual to keep using to avoid the onset of withdrawal symptoms. The more that the individual uses, the greater his or her risk is for dying of an overdose.

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

Opiate withdrawal is known to be extremely difficult to get through because of how powerful the symptoms can be. Known as detoxing, when an individual stops using in an effort to clear opiates or other mind-altering substances from his or her body, this process can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The length of time that withdrawal symptoms continue for are dependent on a number of different factors, such as how much of the opiate was being abused, how frequently it was being consumed, if it being consumed with other drugs, and if the user have co-occurring mental health conditions. Generally, the more severe the addiction, the more intense the period of detox is.

Opiate withdrawal symptoms can leave a user feeling as though he or she has been hit by a ton of bricks. This type of drug withdrawal is often compared to having a severe case of the flu. The withdrawal symptoms that are most commonly experienced by those who stop their opioid use tend to ebb and flow over a period of time, and usually include the following:

  • Sweats and chills
  • Muscle aches, pains, and cramps
  • Joint pain
  • Tremors or shakiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Disorientation
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Headaches

Withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate detox are usually not life-threatening, however it is extremely important that when going through this period, individuals seek professional help. The appropriate care can help prevent more serious effects caused by these symptoms, such as dehydration, suicidal thoughts, severe weight loss, and physical accidents caused by disorientation.

At opiate detox at Taylor Recovery Center, those addicted to opiates do not need to carry the burden of detox and withdrawal symptoms on their shoulders by themselves. Medical and mental health professionals will work with each patient to not only determine the best course of care for them during detox, but also identify what interventions can be utilized to make his or her experience as comfortable and manageable as possible.

Opiate Detox at Taylor Recovery Center

When a patient enters opiate detox at Taylor Recovery Center, he or she will be greeted by professionals who will help to assess and evaluate his or her unique situation so that a treatment plan can be developed specifically for him or her. If it is determined that detox is a necessary first step in the treatment process, the patient will begin detox right away.

From the moment they start detox to the moment they leave, each patient will be cared for with the utmost respect and concern, ensuring that they are remaining healthy and motivated during this difficult time. As with most addiction treatment centers throughout the country (and even the world), a patient may receive medication-assisted treatment depending on his or her needs.

Get Professional Addiction Treatment Right Now

If you are addicted to opiates and do not know what to do, where to go, or how to start finding help, reach out to opiate detox at Taylor Recovery Center. We can help you get on your road to recovery today.