Our Opiate Detox Program
Opiate Detoxification and Residential Treatment Beach City
Addiction of any kind is is a serious medical issue that warrants a thorough clinical intervention. But opiate addiction in particular has become the face of addiction (and overdose) since the late 1990s. Simply put, when it comes to opiates, every use is potentially deadly. Every 9 minutes someone fatally overdoses on medication or opiate drugs like heroin. Using opiates is devastating to the body and mind even when it is not fatal. It’s not ever recommended to “wait for someone to hit the bottom” when it comes to narcotic medications like OxyContin, oxycodone, percocet, fentanyl, Vicodin (hydrocodone), or heroin.
The Good News
The good news is that if the person is still alive, then there is hope for recovery. Addiction science has made great progress in recent years, allowing us to more effectively help those who have become mentally and physically dependent on opioids. Along with these advances in treating the behavioral aspects of opioid addiction, there has also been some excellent pharmaceutical tools developed to improve the quality of life during detoxification and early sobriety.
Types of Opiates
Opiates come in many different forms, including both legal and illegal drugs. Though they can vary in their potency, all opiates are potentially addictive. The most common opiates are the ones prescribed by physicians to help with pain management, such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone (OxyContin) fentanyl, and hydrocodone (Vicodin). Street drugs, such as heroin, also fall under the opiate heading. It’s not uncommon for someone to be prescribed an opiate painkiller, and then to “graduate” to harder drugs, like heroin. This has to do with the way opiate addiction works on the brain—something we’ll turn to in the next section.
Understanding Opiate Addiction
Opiates work on the pain and pleasure receptors in the brain. This is what makes them so effective in mitigating the effects of chronic pain. Opiates can block the sensation of pain, and replace it with a sensation of pleasure—even a euphoric high. Over time, though, opiates can effectively rewire the brain, making it impossible to feel true pleasure or euphoria without the aid of these drugs. From there, higher and more frequent doses of opiates are needed to achieve the same result. There’s also an increase in the pain and discomfort of withdrawal that’s experienced after the drugs wear off. That’s why someone who becomes addicted to painkillers may end up reaching for more potent narcotics, such as heroin and other street drugs.
Signs and Symptoms of Opiate Addiction
Whether the opiate in question is a prescription painkiller or an illegal narcotic, addiction is accompanied by serious effects on the body and the mind. These signs and symptoms can vary from one individual to the next, but some of the most common ones include:
- Periods of intense elation or euphoria
- Periods of sedation or drowsiness
- Slowed breathing
- Constricted pupils
- Doctor shopping, to get more opiate prescriptions
- Social withdrawal or isolation
- Taking opiates even after pain symptoms have subsided
If you recognize any of these symptoms in a loved one, that’s a sign that you should be talking to an addiction professional.
Because opiates exert such a powerful effect on body and mind, withdrawal pains can be significant. This is why a clinically managed detoxification is needed—to manage those withdrawal symptoms in a safe and comfortable way. Some particular withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Inability to sleep
- Nausea or vomiting
Trying to manage these symptoms on your own can be extremely challenging, and attempts to do so may result in relapse—or overdose. To detox safely and effectively, learn more about our clinical detoxification.
We Can Help You Detox from Opiates
At Beach City Treatment in California, we provide a clinically strong detox program—one that includes group therapy, cognitive/behavioral therapy, a 12-step component, and around-the-clock medical monitoring. What’s more, we offer well-appointed amenities and a tranquil beach-front location which is the perfect place for men to focus on getting well without distraction. Beach City Detox provides opiate detox services tailored to meet each client’s needs.
We Are Here to Help You or Your Loved One
For men looking to begin their recovery from opiate addiction, Beach City Treatment provides a caring and safe setting for initial detoxification, and an inspirational setting for residential treatment that will allow the recovering man to create a solid foundation of attitudes and behaviors to assist in living a rewarding life without drugs or alcohol. To learn more about opiate detox, whether for you or for a loved one, reach out to us today. We’d love to help you understand what the process entails and what the next step is. Connect with our team by calling us today at (877)228-2401.