Opioids are some of the most addictive substances on the planet—and also have some of the deadliest consequences. Opioid addiction is fairly common in the United States, whether a person is addicted to illicit opiates (such as heroin) or to synthetic opioids (such as oxycodone).
Opiate withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and painful, which often causes individuals with opiate addiction to relapse or take increasingly larger doses of the substance in order to chase the high. Unfortunately, this can result in overdose and serious medical complications if an individual attempts to quit “cold turkey.”
Opioids and opiates are narcotics either derived from opium poppy plants or synthetically manufactured. In a medical setting, they are typically used to induce sleep or alleviate pain. In recent years, opiate painkillers have become the most popular form of pain relief, despite a lack of evidence that they are effective in the treatment of long-term pain.
Opiates and opioids are also used recreationally to create feelings of euphoria. Because opiates affect the pleasure center of the brain, they have a great potential for misuse and can lead a person to become both physically dependent and psychologically dependent.
Both opiates and opioids are used in medical settings or prescribed to patients with high levels of pain. These include natural opioids (also called opiates) such as morphine and codeine, as well as synthetic opioids such as oxycodone, methadone, Rentanyl, hydrocodone (Norco/Vicodin/Lortab), and hydromorphone (Dilaudid IR). Heroin is also considered a natural opiate and is illegal.
Despite pharmaceutical companies claiming that patients would not get addicted to opiate painkillers, opiate dependence rates have skyrocketed, leading to an opioid epidemic in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that nearly 50,000 people in the United States died from opioid-involved overdoses in 2019. Many individuals who are prescribed opiate painkillers for legitimate medical reasons find that they develop an opiate addiction, which may lead to overdose or another type of substance use disorder, such as heroin addiction.
Found as both prescription medications for pain and illicit street drugs, opioids have the ability to cause changes in the body that can lead to physical dependence in a very short period of time. Patients who are engaging in long-term opioid use will experience opioid withdrawal symptoms if they attempt to quit “cold turkey” or decrease their dose. This often leads to them increasing their dose and developing a substance use disorder.
Abusing prescription painkillers and using illegal opiates can lead to a number of mental health and physical symptoms. It can deteriorate a person’s quality of life and cause them to pull away from friends and family members. If you have an opioid addiction or experience opiate cravings and opiate withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop using, it is important to seek professional help through a medical detox program.
Gallus Medical Detox’s residential treatment facility provides a medically-monitored, safe experience for those struggling with substance addiction. Through our proven inpatient rehab program, we help individuals avoid the life threatening side effects and adverse consequences of long term substance abuse.
If you or a loved one are struggling with a substance use disorder, such as opioid drug abuse, reach out to Gallus to learn more about our detox process and addiction services. Help is available and a new life is waiting for you.
Without proper medical intervention and an individualized plan from Gallus Medical Detox, opioid detox can be unpleasant and potentially fatal.
Common opioid detox and withdrawal symptoms may include:
At Gallus Medical Detox, we offer safe, effective, and personalized treatment, the Gallus Method.
If you are struggling with opiate withdrawal and seeking addiction treatment in your area, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start. With so many treatment centers to choose from, it is difficult to know where to go to detox from substances and receive treatment.
With locations across the country, Gallus Medical Detox is one of the best treatment centers for opiate addiction. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our detox center and treatment options.
Opiate withdrawal symptoms during the detox process can be highly uncomfortable and difficult to manage on your own. That’s why it is important to undergo the withdrawal process in a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment.
Gallus’ substance abuse treatment centers are designed to provide clinical excellence in an upscale, home-like setting that puts patients at ease. Our treatment program prioritizes your comfort and freedom, with private rooms, queen beds, free WiFi and TVs in every room.
Our detox program is unique in that we allow full use of personal electronics and encourage communication with friends, family members and outside support systems. Providing round the clock medical staffing and opiate withdrawal symptom management, we ensure the treatment process is as smooth and effective as possible.