The Importance of A Medical Detox for Opiate Abuse

Breaking opiate addiction can be extremely difficult, and can even be dangerous. That’s why choosing the right detoxification treatment is vital to a patient’s safety and a successful start of a recovery program.  Our in-patient 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 reviews: 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.

patient-room-with-doctor-300x142When 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, addiction can still become the end result. 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

Serious withdrawal symptoms typically occur with the sudden cessation of drug use. Opiate addicted users will suffer from 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 abuse and need help, please call us at 888-228-9114 to discuss whether our customized Opiate Drug Detox Treatment is the best program for you. Be assured we value your privacy and all your information is kept strictly confidential. Contact Gallus Alcohol and Drug Detox Centers today and take the first step toward recovery.


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