Opiates addiction affects every part of a person’s life so the treatment ought to affect every part of a person’s life as well. Opiates withdrawal symptoms are extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant. These includes nausea, depression, abdominal pain, anxiety and fever. In order to help the body to rid itself safely of opiates it is necessary to undergo medically supervised detoxification. To learn more about medical detox, contact Drug Treatment Centers Albany at (518) 626-8503.
The detoxification process (or “detox”) is the first step towards the treatment of opiate withdrawal symptoms and the elimination of toxins. The duration of opiate detoxification depends on the person and his or her individual situation. And it depends on how long one takes the opiates and what kind of drugs.
Rapid detoxification helps to reduce the suffering of withdrawal symptoms. The person who undergoes rapid detox is put under general anesthesia. Intravenous opiate blockers (such as Naloxone, Naltrexone, and Nalmefene) help to detox the body from opiates. The process of physical detoxification takes 4 to 8 hours and the discharge is within 48 hours. This process is not long but it implies significant expenses and risks associated with the use of anesthesia.
Stepped rapid detox includes the administration of opiate blockers like Naloxone and Naltrexone. Throughout the process the person is fully awake, supervised and is given medication.
Ultra rapid detox is also an alternative treatment. This detoxification requires the use of general anesthesia and Naltrexone, which blocks addict’s endorphin receptors. This accelerates the withdrawal process and takes within 5–30 minutes. Ultra rapid detox is a painful process but it is endurable under anesthesia. It is costly and bears significant medical risks.
Outpatient detox is a good option for people who experiences mild or moderate withdrawal symptoms. This detox treatment uses such medications as Buprenorphine-naloxone, Clonidine alone or in combination with Naltrexone, and Buprenex. The detoxification process with Buprenex will take up to 7–14 days.
Methadone is another alternative medication in the treatment of opiates detoxification. One receives a daily dose of Methadone from an approved clinic for a period of 21 days. This treatment still encompasses an uneasy and painful withdrawal period. During the withdrawal period, one can keep taking opiates.
If you struggle with opiates addiction seek for an detox treatment. Contact a doctor and consult the best detox treatment for you. Call Drug Treatment Centers Albany at (518) 626-8503 to get the advice you need.