Nearly 10% of the entire U.S. population is estimated to be abusing, or have abused opiates like heroin or legal prescription drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin. This number is only rising with each passing year. While opiates like heroin and morphine fell in popularity during the 80’s and 90’s, the massive influx of popular prescription pills like Oxycontin and Vicodin in recent years have ballooned opiate usage rates to the record levels we see today. Not only is opiate abuse harmful in the short term, but it can also cause a myriad of health problems with long term abuse. If you, or someone you love, are addicted to opiates, one of the best things you can do is to convince them to go to an opiate detox center right away.
One of the main reasons opiate addicts continue to use opiate based drugs, even if they desperately want to stop using, are the opiate withdrawal effects that come hours after the last dose. Opiate withdrawal can strike as soon as 6-8 hours after the last dosage and can last anywhere from 3 days to a week, sometimes even longer. Opiate withdrawal is characterized by moderate to severe flu like symptoms, vomiting, nausea, excessive yawning, sweating, goose bumps, muscle pains, depression and agitation. Sometimes the symptoms can even be so severe that the individual will continue to use opiates, just to avoid these painful symptoms altogether.
While opiate withdrawal is rarely life threatening, they can be very painful and a real obstacle in the way to sobriety. But it’s important to remember that you don’t have to go through this alone. There are dozens of excellent opiate detox centers all over the state of Illinois that can medically help you reduce your withdrawal symptoms using the latest in opiate withdrawal therapy and pharmacology.
Opiate Detox Centers
Opiate detox centers are great places of recovery where opiate addicts can go and get the medicine and support they need to beat their addiction. Opiate detox centers will give their patients opiate pain medications, such as Suboxone, to help the patient feel comfortable and to alleviate their painful withdrawal symptoms. Some opiate detox centers may use all natural detox methods including saunas, vitamins, and special detox aiding foods. However, most drug detox centers will use a combination of both.
You may want to be wary of any drug treatment programs who advertise rapid opiate detox treatments. These programs involve putting patients under anesthesia and injecting them with large doses of opiate-blocking drugs in hopes to speed up the recovery process. However, not only has there been no evidence that these programs are effective, there has also been several deaths associated with these procedures. For more information on opiate detox programs contact us at (866) 531-4569 for more information.