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3 Options For Opiate Detox

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Opiates are very powerful drugs that are incredibly addictive. No one plans on becoming addicted to opiates, but once the addiction takes hold, it can be very difficult to stop using opiates. One of the reasons that quitting the use of opiates is so difficult is the fact that in addition to be psychologically addictive, they are also physically addictive. This means that when an opiate addict ceases the use of opiates, his or her body with suffer from physical withdrawal symptoms. If you are ready to stop using opiates, you have the following detox options:

Cold Turkey/At-Home Detox

Many opiate users eventually hit rock bottom and realize that they want to cease using opiates so they can rebuild their lives. Recognizing that opiate use is a problem and wanting to quit using them is one of the first steps to recovery. However, a lot of opiate users try to quit cold turkey and detox at-home, often with poor results. The reason that results from an at-home opiate detox are typically poor is because the withdrawal symptoms can be severely uncomfortable and even painful. Many people describe withdrawing from opiates as suffering from a flu on steroids.

If you want to try to detox from opiates on your own due to lack of insurance or funds to pay for a rehab facility or medical setting, make sure that you have a good support system around you to help you through the worst of the withdrawal.

Use of Medication

There are several medications, such as methadone and buprenorphine, that can be used to help wean a person off of opiate use and lessen the symptoms of withdrawal. In order to receive these medications, you will need to be under the supervision of a doctor who is helping you manage your opiate addiction. Using medication to detox from opiate use is somewhat controversial since these medications can also be addictive, which causes a whole new set of problems when a person stops using their opiate of choice and then has to wean off of these medications.

Hospital, Detox Facility, Drug Treatment Center

If you're truly serious about ceasing the use of opiates and detoxing, your best option is to go to a hospital or dedicated detox facility. These places have medical staff available who understand how to assist you to ensure that your detox is not physically dangerous to your body. They will also do what they can to keep you comfortable and help you through the worst of what you experience. If you detox from opiates in a hospital or a detox facility, you next step should be to seek in-patient treatment at a drug rehabilitation center to help prevent a relapse.