Outpatient Opiate Addiction Detox Center in SF Bay Area
The Center for Disease Control reports that deaths by poisoning from opiate painkillers went up by 300% from 1999 to 2006. This gives some indication of the dangerous and difficult challenge posed by opiates, whether that means heroin or prescription medications like OxyContin, Fentanyl or Morphine. These are amongst the trickiest drugs to come off because they are powerful painkillers which can produce euphoric highs and their addictive grip is notoriously difficult to break.
It can be broken though, and a happier life without addiction is possible. Many have taken this journey already, but drug detoxification is still a frightening prospect to many drug users who want to escape dependency. They often fear the process of withdrawal itself but also wonder how they will cope long-term in a life without drugs to cushion the blows.
At our opiate detox facility for outpatients, we walk with you through the trials of withdrawal, guide you beyond the yearning for opiates and help you to emerge in a place of clear physical and mental health.
What is opiate detox?
During opiate detox, your body rids itself of the last remaining opiate toxins. Withdrawal effects are the mind and body’s reaction to being starved of the drug they crave. This is an unpleasant but decisive period of adjustment, and it signals a significant step on the road to recovery. As with any other drug detox program, it is not a cure, but it is a practical step on the path to change.
Recognizing the Chemical Need for Detoxification
The primary action of opiates is on dopamine, a chemical in the brain, which is responsible for the feeling of euphoria that comes with drugs like heroin, Oxycodone, and Morphine. As levels of dopamine are elevated again by the use of opiates, the brain lowers how much of this neurotransmitter it creates. Because dopamine is over produced during instances of opiate intoxication brain chemistry is altered over the long term, natural levels of dopamine become exhausted.
When the use of opiates stops suddenly during detox, the brain perceives an acute and on-going disparity in its chemical balance, which causes overwhelming urges to use drugs again. Depression, paranoia, and anxiety can also occur as the brain sinks into a drought of the chemicals which lift a mood.
Components of Detoxification
Detox can occur either in outpatient programs or during the initial period of addiction treatment in a residential setting. Detox processes differ, but they usually include these elements:
Diagnostic Testing and Assessment
During admission, patients will undertake a series of physical and psychological tests and exams to help understand treatment needs. Drug testing can also be used to establish what chemicals may already be in the body. All of these tests contribute to prevent complications during the detox process. They also highlight any physical consequences of addiction that may also need treating. Psychological testing can be used to identify any mental health difficulties that might require attention at the same time.
A lot of detoxification centers offer medical supervision during the process of withdrawal. This can include monitoring of vital signs, giving physical checkups and prescribing medications to treat withdrawal symptoms. Serious complications are rare, but emergency medical assistance is available should they ever occur.
Dispensation of Medicines
During detox or the intake process, other mental and physical health problems can be treated with nonaddictive medications. These include sleeping aids, painkillers (that are not addictive), anxiolytic drugs, antidepressants, and anti-seizure or anti-nausea medications. In settings that offer medical detox, more specific medicines for relapse prevention and the removal of cravings can be given.
Peer Support and Counseling
12 step meetings, individual therapy sessions, and process groups are all offered to patients during their journey through detox. Counseling helps patients to comprehend the physical and mental changes that they are going through. It helps them to learn from their own experiences and those of others, and they can gain encouragement from this mutually supportive environment.
Exercise, alternative therapeutic approaches and good nutrition all boost the patient’s recovery as their bodies and minds realign after an addiction spanning years. Such approaches release endorphins, stimulate energy, provide adequate nutrients and contribute to a firm basis for a future based on wellness.
Common withdrawal symptoms
When you become addicted to a substance, your brain is so used to it that it needs the chemical just to feel good and function properly. Then, when the brain and body no longer have access to the substance that they are dependent on them ‘protest’ by producing withdrawal symptoms.
These symptoms can vary according to the drug, but because many of them stimulate the same neurological processes in the brain to produce the same chemicals, withdrawal symptoms can often be similar. Still, a few factors affect the severity of symptoms in a similar way for all individuals. These are:
- The drug or drugs being used
- The length of time addicted
- The amount of the substance that’s typically taken
- Family history
- Mental health needs
Trying to detox from opiates without assistance is not recommended. Higher doses over longer periods of time lead to more severe withdrawal symptoms, so it is important to have appropriate support in place. Bay Area Addiction Detox provides a safe and comfortable environment where our clients can safely embark on their quest for an addiction-free living.
Our team has helped many patients escape from a life held back by prescription opiates. They have the knowledge and experience to assess all the variables and recommend the most suitable treatment plan.
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