Holistic remedies or the natural approach, have become increasingly popular among individuals. Acupuncture, meditation, vitamin therapy and yoga have each served as a mind, body and spirit substitute to traditional detox and rehab treatment. However, all drug abuse, including Opiate addiction, cannot be safely addressed by a holistic treatment plan or homeopathic remedies.
What are Opiates?
Opiates are a type of drug that is most commonly used to relieve pain. Vicodin, Oxycodone, Percocet and Morphine are all prescription pain killers and part of the Opiate family of drugs, but so also is Heroin which is derived from Morphine. Opiates affect the central nervous system by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain which distinguish between feelings of pain and pleasure. Most individuals who abuse Opiates report feelings of euphoria. When taken over time and in increasing amounts, Opiates are addictive.
Ending an Opiate Addiction
While some individuals may be able to stop their Opiate addiction cold turkey, others may find that the withdrawal symptoms are too much for them to bear and will return to their Opiate use. Still, others may try to taper off from Opiates by cutting the dose in half or rationing out their medication until it is gone. Individuals will try this as they are participating in a holistic clinic in an effort to reduce the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Opiate withdrawal symptoms may include the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Flu like symptoms
- Muscle aches and bone pain
- Anxiety and irritation
In most cases, withdrawal from Opiate addiction is not life threatening, but in some cases, the individual may develop other medical concerns and they may suffer seizures in which case immediate medical attention will be needed. Medical detox is the preferred method for Opiate detoxification.
Holistic Method Ineffective for Opiate Withdrawal
While holistic approaches to Opiate addiction may appeal to many individuals, the problem is that they do not effectively address Opiate withdrawal symptoms. The main reason most individuals return to Opiate abuse is because they cannot detox. In order to meet the withdrawal symptoms and to safely and effectively complete the detoxification process, medical detox from opiate addiction is needed.
IV Therapy: An Alternative that Works
IV therapy medical detox is seen as the most effective method for detoxing from Opiates. IV therapy is supervised by a physician and intravenous therapy allows the doctor to make any necessary changes to the medication which allows the patient to completely detox from their opiate addiction without experiencing withdrawal symptoms. When the detox is complete, the patient is ready to begin their new life, drug free. At this point, holistic treatment may be very effective at remaining drug free, but for detox, seek medical attention. If you or someone you know are struggling with an Opiate addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from Opiates and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.