Opioid Treatment

Gallus Detox Centers

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitations located in Scottsdale, AZ & Prescott, AZ

Between 8 and 12% of people who are prescribed opioids (pain killers) develop a substance use disorder. These eye-opening numbers are what prompted Patrick J. Gallus, DO, and his team to offer opioid treatment at their Gallus Detox Centers in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you or a loved one wants to break the chains of opioid addiction, the expert and compassionate team provides the first critical step with medically supervised detox. For more information, call or use the confidential online booking feature.

Opioid Treatment

What are opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs that commonly include pain relievers, such as:

  • Oxycodone (OxyContin®)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin®)
  • Morphine

Outside of these prescribed medications, opioids also include several street drugs, including heroin and the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Opioids are effective in fighting off pain as they attach themselves to your brain’s receptors and block pain signals, but they also deliver a calming and antidepressant effect that appeals to recreational users.

What is an opioid use disorder?

As pain relievers, opioids do their job extremely well and offer much-needed relief to people who are dealing with debilitating pain. Unfortunately, opioids are highly addictive as your brain’s receptors rewire themselves to crave more of the pleasurable side effects of the drug.

As a result, much of the opioid misuse in the United States originates with prescription pain relievers and 8-12% of this population goes on to suffer from a full-blown opioid use disorder, forcing them to turn to illegal street drugs in order to keep up with the demands of the receptors in their brains.

The other side of the equation is made of those who come to misuse opioids recreationally. This type of use typically starts out with less potent drugs, like marijuana, but once the opioids are introduced with any regularity, a use disorder can develop as the opioid receptors in your brain rearrange themselves to receive more.

What are the treatments for opioid use disorders?

While scare tactics often make lousy motivational tools, the fact is that approximately 130 people die in the U.S. each day because of an opioid overdose. It’s for this reason that Dr. Gallus and his team are passionate about helping their clients get the help they need to break out of the prison of opioid addiction.

One of the biggest roadblocks to stopping opioid use is the nasty withdrawal symptoms, which often send people straight back to the drug. These symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Sleeplessness
  • Muscle aches

And the list goes on. With the effective luxury detox program at Gallus Detox Centers, the team uses IV therapy to offset these withdrawal symptoms, making you or your loved one as safe and comfortable as possible during this inpatient program.

During this time, the team also provides you with the tools you need to move forward with individualized rehab plans and resources.

If you’d like to learn more about the opioid treatment at Gallus Detox Centers, call or use the confidential online booking tool to set up a consultation.