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Opiates, whether prescribed or purchased on the street, are often used to alleviate pain by blocking the pain receptors in the brain. While this numbing effect may be helpful for those with chronic or terminal illnesses, serious injuries, or after-effects of invasive surgeries, it comes at a cost.
Opiates are highly addictive and can lead to dependency after even short-term use. Additionally, they can cause dramatic changes in brain chemistry and function, making it difficult for individuals to quit on their own, and may lead to painful and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
At Agape Detox Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida, we have developed an opiate detox program that allows our patients to safely, effectively, and comfortably quit drugs. Our detox program is far more successful than going “cold turkey” at home and offers 24/7 monitoring, needs-specific support, and access to a range of interventions and therapies.
We take a whole-health approach to building a stable foundation for recovery and helping our clients achieve their wellness goals. If you or someone you love is struggling with opiate addiction, we are here to help.
Opiates are powerful, pain-relieving substances that are derived from the opium poppy plant. Certain opiates are prescribed by doctors for the treatment of severe pain but given their highly addictive nature, opiates are usually only offered on a very short-term basis. You may have received an opiate prescription if you recently underwent major surgery or if you’re recovering from a severe injury. Opiates are also commonly offered during end-of-life care.
Although naturally derived, illicit opiates are usually refined to increase potency and much like prescription opiates, they are highly addictive. Moreover, with both prescription opiates and street drugs, people can easily build a tolerance.
One of the greatest risks of using any opiate is overdose. Not only do opiates numb and pain, but they also have a suppressive effect on the respiratory system and can negatively impact other critically fundamental functions.
Two of the most commonly prescribed opiates are Morphine and Codeine. Individuals taking these drugs for short-term use will receive structured, needs-specific weaning programs from their doctors. As the healing progresses and pain decreases, doctors may cut doses, limit refills, and discuss alternative pain management strategies.
Opium and heroin are also opiates, but they are never prescribed by doctors. However, many people who take prescription opiates, develop tolerance and eventually become opiate-dependent. As a result, they may turn to street drugs like opium and heroin when they’re no longer able to obtain opiate medications legally.
Clinically, opiate abuse and opiate addiction are not considered one and the same. Opiate abuse is recognized as the final step toward full-blown addiction. Individuals who abuse opiates dangerously balance on the edge of physical dependence and are likely to fall into addiction at any given time.
A person is abusing opiates when they start taking more than their doctor has prescribed. Among some of the most common signs of opiate abuse are:
Addiction occurs when a person no longer has the ability to limit how much of a substance they take and when they can no longer stop using altogether without experiencing withdrawal symptoms. When the body sends out widespread signals of distress during long periods of abstinence, this indicates that a person has become dependent.
Due to evolved changes within the brain’s natural chemistry, detoxing from opioids can have a significant impact on how your body functions and feels. Within the first 24 to 72 hours of abstaining, you may experience:
Many people develop nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps within just 24 hours of abstaining. In fact, depending upon how long a person has used opiates and the amounts that they’ve used, these and other symptoms may present much sooner.
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Choosing to enroll in our medically assisted opiate detox in Florida is the safest choice for those facing addiction.
As the brain’s pain receptors are turned back on, even minor discomfort can feel like agony for someone who’s been abusing opiates. During the initial stages of recovery, issues like depression, insomnia, and heightened anxiety can be incredibly high, lasting as long as 2-4 weeks before decreasing on their own.
To tackle the extreme discomfort associated with withdrawal symptoms, our continuous monitoring and needs-specific interventions at the Agape Detox Center in Port. St. Lucie significantly reduces the risk of relapsing.
It’s critical to recognize the risks of detoxing from opiates alone. Even seemingly minor symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting can have catastrophic consequences if they persist and are not adequately treated. These and other issues during opiate detox can lead to severe dehydration, hypernatremia or elevated sodium levels, and ultimately, heart failure.
Seeking medical detox will simplify the process of opiate withdrawal and guarantee that you receive the appropriate support to avoid serious side effects and potential long-term physical harm.
At Agape Detox Center, our clients receive targeted care as soon as they walk in our doors. Our team understands just how uncomfortable the experience is when willfully abstaining. We take all the necessary measures to alleviate the client’s distress using medical interventions on an as-needed basis.
Opiate addictions are paired with co-existing mental health disorders such as:
As with all of our detox programs, we strive to meet the needs of our patients with co-existing mental health issues through dual-diagnosis treatment options. Our dual diagnosis program allows our clients to establish safe and sustainable plans for managing these illnesses over the long term, eliminating reliance on opiates for relief.
Agape Detox Center provides seamless, end-to-end solutions to all our clients. While some may spend 1-2 weeks experiencing withdrawal symptoms, others may face more severe symptoms for up to a month.
Our program is flexible and adaptable enough for meeting a broad range of needs. When patients in our opiate detox program are ready, they can begin inpatient addiction treatment activities right away. We also provide access to a variety of additional resources to support your recovery, including cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, stress management workshops, skill-building and goal-setting exercises, and life-planning activities.
Agape Detox Center is situated on the stunning Atlantic Coast of southern Florida in Port St. Lucie. Here, you’ll experience warm weather and breathtaking surroundings. Our tranquil and serene environment provides patients with consistent peace of mind, allowing them to focus entirely on their recovery. We maintain a safe and comfortable treatment center that keeps patients completely removed from any outside triggers, temptations, and stress.
When you arrive at Agape Detox, you’ll be met with compassionate individuals who are committed to helping you succeed.
We’ll perform thorough medical and mental health evaluations to devise a customized plan for your care. After touring our facility, meeting our staff, and settling into your room, you’ll begin receiving around-the-clock monitoring. We track your vital signs and take necessary steps to ensure you remain stable and comfortable. The Agape team will revise your detox plan as needed to include additional interventions for streamlined support.
At Agape Detox Center, we believe in taking a holistic, whole-health approach to help our clients overcome opiate addiction. We focus on teaching our clients the importance of good nutrition, healthy sleep habits, effective stress management, and comprehensive self-care.
Our goal is to help our clients develop healthy coping mechanisms, build self-worth, and take the necessary steps toward creating the life they desire. Begin your recovery journey by scheduling a consultation appointment with us today.