Opiate Detox

The term opiate is used when describing the substance that comes directly from the poppy plant. These psychoactive compounds include morphine, codeine, opium, and heroin. Opiates have been used both medicinally and recreationally for hundreds of years.

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While detox services are not offered at our JourneyPure Melbourne campus, JourneyPure has several other facilities that provide detox. We will make sure you receive the highest care of medical detoxification.

Opiates are a powerful painkiller and are used medically to treat, pre-operative, and post-operative pain, as well as pain from injury or illness. As a result of the medication’s popularity (beginning in the ’90s), the US has seen a substantial rise in abuse escalating into what is known now as a widespread opioid epidemic. Using opiates gives the individual a sense of euphoria, and a false sense of wellbeing, like everything, is okay, and they experience no stress or drama. Once this is experienced, the user feels compelled to achieve the same level of high almost immediately. In 2015 it was estimated that 2.1 million adults in the US were addicted to opiates, and nearly 60,000 people a year will overdose on them, making it the leading cause of accidental death in the country. At our opiate detox center in Melbourne, Florida, we understand the severity of this addiction and seek to help you begin the process of removing it from your body, and your life.

Opiate Addiction

Opiate addiction occurs when an individual has become dependant on the substance. Dependence to opiates can occur at an alarmingly quick rate, making people desperate to obtain more of the drug to maintain their high and avoid going into withdrawals. Once chemically dependent, the user begins to notice how unwell they feel without it, prompting further use and thus making it seem impossible to quit. At our opiate detox center in Melbourne, we recognize that anyone who has attempted to quit using opiates or has gone an extended period of time between uses will experience withdrawal symptoms. It is the severity of these symptoms that are often the barrier between someone who wants to quit, and someone who actually does.

Opiate Withdrawal

At our opiate detox we know that for someone who has been abusing opiates, withdrawal is inevitable. The body has become accustomed to functioning with the drug and is confused as to what to do, and how to function without it. Withdrawal symptoms will vary given the following contributing factors; How often the drug was being used, how much of it was being taken, how it was being taken, and for how long. These symptoms will manifest both physically and emotionally.

Physical Symptoms

  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle aches/spasms
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Difficulty regulating body temperature
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia

Psychological Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Compromised cognitive function
  • Irritability, moodiness
  • Panic attacks
  • Mood swings

Opiate Withdrawal Timeline

Opiate withdrawal begins in a matter of only hours after the last use and can last for over a week. The patient will feel the most intense level of discomfort around day 3 or 4. This is the timeframe when people will want to give up the most, and why an opiate detox center is so critical.

At our opiate detox, we break down opiate detox into three phases:

Phase 1 – The patient can expect to feel restless and agitated. They will develop flu-like symptoms and can experience fevers for several days.

Phase 2 – This is the phase when one has strong drug cravings, they will still feel physically ill, and may be experiencing low moods (depression) and anxiety about the process, or life in general. This phase can last over a week, and it is critical the patient receive as much medical and emotional support as needed during this critical time.

Phase 3 – Phase 3 is the longest period of the detox process, these ongoing effects can also be referred to as PAWS, (post-acute withdrawal symptoms). The patient can experience continued moodiness, anxiety, headaches, etc. while the last of the opiate works its way out of the body, and the body adjusts to life without it.

Benefits Of Our Opiate Detox in Melbourne

JourneyPure’s opiate detox in Melbourne, FL can play an integral role in your success with detoxing from the substance you are abusing, in this case, opiates, and ultimately start you on the road to long-term sobriety. We seek to ease your discomfort and deal with your medical and emotional needs as they arise.

Medications and therapy are both powerful tools that we utilize at our Melbourne opiate detox center.

When utilized properly in a controlled setting, meds can increase the patient’s level of comfort dramatically. Sleep medication, antidiarrheal medications, and anti-nausea medications can all be beneficial when used properly. Methadone may be prescribed by a physician in an appropriate dosage deemed necessary for the client to lessen the severity of the withdrawal symptoms experienced. Suboxone may also be used, as it blocks the effects of opioids so that the patient does not get high. Suboxone is an effective drug used for maintenance and ongoing care of the patient once they have left treatment.

At our opiate detox center in Melbourne, FL, group, individual and behavioral therapy are all modalities we use through this process to help the patient to learn coping skills, stress management, diminish suffering and shame, as well as build emotional resilience. Feeling strong in your mind as well as your body is much of the solution to being successful with the detox process.

Entering a detox facility is really a brave step in ridding yourself from the binds of addiction, and give you the strength and tools necessary to begin your new life!

Get The Help You Deserve At Our Opiate Detox in Melbourne, FL

If you are addicted to opiates and are ready to quit, contact our opiate detox in Melbourne, Florida right now. You do not need to keep going down a path of destruction. You can reach out for help and begin blazing a new trail for your recovery.

Do not waste any more time abusing drugs. Call our detox center right now to find out how we can help you.