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. 
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 opiate rehab facilities for drug treatment. 
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 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 – 513-909-2225.