Opiate Detox

Opiate Addiction Detox

In an address to a congressional committee in 2014, Dr. Nova Volkow presented findings on behalf of the National Institute on Drug Abuse regarding what she called the “serious global problem” of opioid addiction and related substance abuse disorders. As of 2012, she said, as many as 36 million people across the globe were abusing both illegal and legal opiates, and as many as 2.1 million Americans were dealing with substance abuse issues linked to prescription pain relievers. [1]

While the popularity of certain types of drugs waxes and wanes through the years, the fact that opiate use is a major national health issue has not changed. In fact, in some years, the use of heroin and other opiates lead to the largest percentage of admissions to medical and rehab facilities for drug treatment. [2]

Opiates – from heroin to prescription drugs – can be some of the more difficult drugs to stop using. Even if someone understands the mental, physical and legal dangers associated with continuing to use the drugs, they might not be physically able to stop. Opiates act in the body in such a way that the body can become dependent on them – this means that your body thinks it can’t survive if you don’t continue using the drug.

The result of dependence is that you experience withdrawals when you stop using the drugs. Physical dependency, also known as chemical dependency, can occur even outside some of the emotional and mental aspects usually associated with a more chronic addiction. You can even become physically dependent on opiates after taking them as part of a prescription treatment plan.

Medically supervised detox for opiate dependency

Our facility is Joint Commission Gold Seal Accredited, so you can rely on the professionalism and safety of every service, including medically supervised detox. Opiate detox in an inpatient environment helps you stop using opiates without experiencing some of the most severe and dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Our fully licensed staff works with you to treat withdrawal symptoms that do occur and to provide you with step-down medications to make the process easier.

Following opiate addiction detox with appropriate rehab and aftercare when necessary

Depending on what led you to drug use and what other issues you might be dealing with, following detox, you can choose to remain in a residential environment for rehab or step down into various outpatient or aftercare treatment options. In some cases, such as when you’re dealing with pure physical dependency, detox may be the only treatment you seek.

At Lumiere Healing Centers, we work to provide you with personalized treatment plans that help you meet your goals. You do have a say in how you seek a drug-free life, and our caring counselors and other staff members work with you to put your goals into action via proven, safe and effective treatments.

Call today for more information about Opiate Addiction Detox at our state-of-the-art facility – Call Lumiere Healing Centers today at 855-598-3048.

 

History of Opiates

History of Opiates

Read the history of opiates, and you’ll read the history of America. The use of opiates dates back to the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620, when physician Samuel Fuller brought an early form of laundanum, a tincture derived of opium and alcohol, and used it as a painkiller for those suffering from smallpox, dysentery, and cholera. From that point onward, opiates were used to treat pain.

By the mid-1800s, you could find opiates in everything. It was in teething powders which were given to children, and it was an analgesic used for menstrual cramps. Of course, at this point, no one knew that opiates were dangerous. In fact, it wasn’t until 1906 when the United States government first marked opiates as a dangerous product. Three years later, they were banned from importation.

The tide was turning on opiates. No longer seen as a miracle drug, they now became one of the drugs at the forefront of law enforcement’s focus. Opiates became a legal issue rather than a medical issue. It wasn’t until after the Second World War that their popularity rose once more, this time courtesy of pharmaceutical drugs such as Oxycodone and Vicodin.

Today, opiates, and the products deriving from them are stronger than ever. While still prescribed as painkillers, many without prescriptions may turn to the streets to secure heroin and fentanyl. And the problem is only getting worse.

Why Opiates and Opioids Are Still Produced

While the medical community does recognize the dangers of opioid abuse, the drugs still have several legitimate uses. Generally speaking, physicians will prescribe an opioid for patients experiencing legitimate pain for which there is no other treatment. Essentially, instead of taking a Tylenol or an Advil, you’d be prescribed an opioid.

Earlier in history, addictions to any substance — whether it be alcohol, opioids, or nicotine — was seen as a moral failure. The person taking the drug was blamed, rather than the drug itself.
This was particularly true of opiates and opioids. However, today’s knowledge of how the drugs work is starting to alleviate that stigma. It’s known that opioids work by altering a person’s brain chemistry, which is one of the reasons why they’re considered addictive and can lead to overdose. According to the Center for Disease Control, between 1999 and 2015 more than 183,000 people died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids.

Opioids Today

Opioids are still prescribed today, as they are considered necessary in certain circumstances, particularly when no other form of painkillers will work. However, an addiction to opioids does carry a social stigma. If you’re like most people, when you picture a heroin addict, you probably picture someone who looks strung out and has track marks in their arms. However, opioids can be abused by anyone. Privileged teenagers raiding their parent’s medicine cabinet, construction workers who’ve become addicted after finishing a legitimate prescription, and successful business owners can all fall victim to opioids. Prescription overdose rates are highest among people aged 25 to 54.

The Different Kinds of Opiates and Opioids

While the terms “opiates” and “opioids” are frequently used interchangeably, they actually refer to two different — but similar — things.

Opiates are natural and include morphine, codeine, heroin, and opium. Opioids are synthetic and include various medications which contain methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, pethidine, hydromorphone, and fentanyl. It’s important to note that just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s better or healthier. Heroin is considered natural, but it’s not something you would want to be addicted to.

One common misconception is that opioids and opiates remove pain. The truth is that they don’t remove the pain, but rather they change the perception of pain. The drugs work by causing nerves to send messages to the brain saying the person isn’t experiencing pain. If you were to stop taking the opioid, the pain, and the underlying cause, are still present.

Problems occur when someone who isn’t experiencing pain decides to take an opioid or opiate. They will experience a euphoric feeling, a high that can become incredibly addictive.

Prescription Opioids and Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

If doctors know that opioids have the potential for misuse, why are they prescribed? The answer lies in the fact that despite the drawbacks, opioids are still an effective pain management tool. After a severe physical injury, or during the recovery from a difficult surgery, physicians may turn to opioids to provide their patient with pain management. Note that pain management and pain-free are not the same things. Problems, and addiction arises when a patient takes more of the opioid or opiate than is prescribed.

At that point, a dependency can begin to develop, in which the patient needs to keep taking the opioid just to feel normal again. Unfortunately, the more opiates you take, the higher your tolerance becomes to the drug, and the more you need to take to experience the same high. This is how overdoses happen. If you try to stop on your own, most people face severe opiate withdrawal symptoms.

It is incredibly difficult for an opioid addict to rehabilitate. Opiate withdrawal symptoms are severe, and if the rehabilitation process isn’t done properly, the odds of relapse remain high.

If you or a loved one have questions about opiate withdrawal symptoms, call one of our opiate addiction rehabs in Ohio specialists today at 855-598-3048.

Kratom For Opiate Withdrawal

Lumiere Healing Centers would like to note that there is no documented and legitimate medical use for Kratom for Opiate Withdrawal in the United States.

Kratom for opiate withdrawal has been rising in popularity recently due to many who claim it works just as well as Suboxone or Tramadol in addiction recovery. The goal is to take away the withdrawal symptoms of opioid addiction without making you tired or sleepy. Still, there is much controversy about Kratom for opiate withdrawal as there is presently no documented legitimate medical use on record. This hasn’t stopped many opiate addicts from using Kratom at their own risk as an addiction recovery tool resulting in the question: Is Kratom for opiate withdrawal a good substitute for conventional drug addiction treatment?

What Is Kratom?

Kratom For Opiate Withdrawal

Kratom For Opiate Withdrawal

Kratom is a natural herb that is grown in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and has been long known for its painkilling effects and perceived ability to treat opiate addiction according to Darshan Singh Mahinder, a professor at the Centre for Drug Research at the University of Science Malaysia. Kratom does hit the same opiate receptors of the brain as drugs like heroin and can only give temporarily relief from withdrawal sickness, but at the same time, too much Kratom has the potential to get you high like an opiate that may result in needing Kratom detox.

For any questions regarding Kratom for opiate withdrawal or Kratom detox, please call Lumiere Healing Centers now at 513-909-2225

The following is a statement from the FDA concerning Kratom:

Kratom has gained popularity in the U.S., with some marketers touting it as a “safe” treatment with broad healing properties. Proponents argue that it’s a safe substance largely because it’s a plant-based product. The FDA knows people are using kratom to treat conditions like pain, anxiety and depression, which are serious medical conditions that require proper diagnosis and oversight from a licensed health care provider. We also know that this substance is being actively marketed and distributed for these purposes. Importantly, evidence shows that kratom has similar effects to narcotics like opioids, and carries similar risks of abuse, addiction and in some cases, death.

Does Kratom Really Work?

People claim that Kratom for opiate withdrawal saves lives by getting users off drugs without needing to go to rehab or attending any other form of traditional substance abuse treatment. Most of these claims come from online forums and not by credible medical organizations. This is purely anecdotal evidence from online forums as Kratom is still largely unregulated in the U.S and there has not been much research into the subject mainly due to the fact that it is “natural”

Conclusion

Kratom cannot substitute the wide ranging benefits of conventional drug rehabs that are known for offering mental and emotional support in addition to physical support. It is unlikely a person will stay sober by trying to kick addiction without these strong support systems. Especially, if the user wants to get clean permanently and live a normal life. In this case, Kratom is not a substitute for rehab and will never be.

For any questions regarding Kratom for opiate withdrawal or Kratom detox, please call Lumiere Healing Centers now at 513-909-2225