The Importance of An Opiate Detox Center

female patient watches doctor point out and talk about pills in an opiate detox centerOvercoming opiate addiction can be extremely difficult, and can even be dangerous. That’s why choosing the right opiate detox center is vital to a patient’s safety and a successful start of a recovery program.  Our inpatient detox program includes:

  • A thorough history and physical by our physicians
  • Psychological and social assessments
  • A customized treatment plan with IV-based medication to safely treat withdrawal symptoms
  • Cardiac telemetry monitored by critical care nurses
  • Attention to the patient’s overall comfort with upscale private rooms, TV, Wifi and personal massage

Learn more about the Gallus Detox Method.

I was hopelessly dependent on opiates for day to day living and would have never believed I would become comfortably sober ever again. I simply did not believe it, even as I was reassured by staff that it would happen, until they made it happen. I’ll never forget the people that I met here and the treatment that I received…” – Read detox patient testimonials: what our patients say about their fear of withdrawal, how comfortable they felt with our medical detox, and how it changed their lives.

What Is An Opiate?

An opiate is a narcotic derived from opium poppy plants. It tends to induce sleep and alleviate pain. Opioid drugs include opiate, codeine, heroin, Oxycontin, Dilaudid, Methadone, and Papaverine.

When a person ingests the drug, it travels quickly to the brain through the bloodstream. Opioids attach to specific proteins called opioid receptors, found in the gastrointestinal tract, spinal cord, and brain. As a result, it may alter the way people experience pain. In addition, the drug can affect certain regions of the brain and produce a sense of intense euphoria and well-being.

Opiates are very popular, due to their ability to suppress pain, but ongoing drug misuse can lead to dependence, high tolerance, addiction, and serious health problems.

The Dangers and Symptoms of Opiate Abuse

If taken as prescribed, a person can still become addicted to the drug. Long-term use of opiates can lead to dependency. Individuals who are dependent on opiates will experience the following symptoms:

  • Drowsiness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Disorientation
  • Coma
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Constipation
  • Stomach spasms

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms and Need for Opiate Detox Center

Serious withdrawal symptoms typically occur with the sudden cessation of drug use. Symptoms of withdrawal include severe muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, cold flashes, chills, restlessness, involuntary leg movements, cramps, and other disturbing effects.

If you or your loved one are suffering from opiate use and need help, please call us at 888.228.9114 to learn more about our opiate detox program and take the first step toward recovery.

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