It seems that there is a holistic remedy for just about everything that ails a person… but can you use holistic drug detox for opiate abuse? Although meditation, yoga, vitamin therapy and acupuncture have been used in Eastern societies for many millennium, there are some very valid reasons why relying on holistic philosophies for opiate abuse should be reconsidered.
The Effects of Opiates
Opiates are class of drugs also known as narcotics. Prescription opiates such as Vicodin, Percocet, OxyContin and Morphine are used to treat pain; however there are also illicit opiates such as heroin. Opiates affect the brain and central nervous system (CNS) by blocking the opioid receptors and stimulating the neurotransmitter dopamine. When an individual is under the influence of opiates they experience a euphoric, happy sensation. Once the euphoria wears off, they may experience a number of side effects also known as withdrawal.
Some people are able to stop their opiate use cold turkey; however most people need help quitting their use. Depending on the severity of opiate use it is likely that withdrawal symptoms will begin within a few hours after use is stopped. For many, withdrawal symptoms may be too painful, and may result in a return to drug use just to find relief. In holistic opiate treatment, the individual may try to taper off from use such as cutting the dose in half or rationing out their medication until it is gone. It is important to know that even the slowest tapering schedules can still result in painful withdrawal.
The Problem with Holistic Detox
One of the concerns with holistic detox for opiate abuse is that it does not effectively address withdrawal symptoms which may include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Loss of consciousness
While there are some instances where holistic methods work, all drug abuse cannot be safely addressed by a holistic treatment plan or homeopathic remedies and opiate abuse and dependency is one of those. In most cases, to meet the withdrawal symptoms and to safely and effectively complete the detoxification process, an inpatient medical detox from opiate abuse is needed.
IV Therapy: An Alternative that Works
IV therapy medical detox is seen as the most effective method for detoxing from opiate abuse. IV therapy is supervised by a physician and allows changes to be made to the medication as withdrawal symptoms change, which keeps the patient comfortable. When detoxification is complete, the patient is ready to begin their new life, drug free. At this point, holistic remedies may be very effective in helping the individual remain drug free and increase their chance for recovery success. Are you struggling with opiate abuse and dependency? Gallus Detox Center can help you overcome drug use through safe and effective IV therapy medical detox. Call us today for a confidential consultation. 855-338-6929