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Opioid Detox

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Opioids are one of the oldest used drugs worldwide. It is a psychoactive chemical that decreases perception of pain, decreases reaction to pain as well as increases pain tolerance. Opioids have long been used as a therapeutic method for pain management. Opioids are often taken under the supervision of a Doctor, many still develop addictions during their treatment. Others take opioids for recreational purposes, taking dangerously high dose to produce euphoric effects. Like most other pain medications, Opioids are highly addictive and those who fall victim to it often require assistance with quitting its use.

Opioid Detox Process

Those requiring opioid detox have developed an dependency on the drug. When they abruptly stop its use they will experience strong cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms. The Opioid Detox process helps the individual addicted to the drug to safely recover fairly pain free. There are two methods used to treat opioid addiction. Most commonly patients will go  through an opiate replacement therapy process receiving medication such as Suboxone or methadone to wean them off the drug. This process if beneficial to those with dependencies that are being treated just as early as they began. Those with more serious addictions to Opioids will go through a Rapid Detox Process where the are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) being put under with anesthesia while their body is being cleansed of the Opioids. The goal of each of their Opioid Detox processes is to cleanse the body of any chemicals and toxins related to Opioid addiction and to get the patient through the physical withdrawal of the drug. This is the first step in the recovery process, preparing the patient to enter into an treatment facility to work through the mental and emotional aspects of their opioid addiction. Regardless to the method of detox chosen this is a step in the right direction for anyone with an Opioid addiction that is ready to get sober.