Proudly serving North Carolina, our Opioid detox clinics provide adults struggling with addiction the ability to recover from heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, and other opiates.
Benefits of Receiving Opioid Detox Prior to Receiving Medication Assisted Treatment
When an individual is battling an addiction to opioids, the intensity of his or her addiction might be lost on the individual. Those who find themselves abusing opioids like heroin, morphine, or other prescription pain medications generally do not begin using such drugs in an attempt to become addicted. However, that does not stop them from becoming tangled in the dangerous web of addiction. The good news is that for those who desire to put an end to their opioid addictions can do so through the help of professionals who can encourage their lasting recovery.
The first and most important step in obtaining treatment for an opioid addiction includes detoxification, or “detox” for short. The process of detox occurs when the body is cleared of the substance or substances that have caused an individual to become addicted in the first place. To determine if detox is necessary, it is imperative to know if an opioid addiction is present. If so, an individual will present with a number of physical, behavioral, psychosocial, and cognitive signs that often mean that he or she is battling an opioid addiction. If any of the following symptoms are present, professional help that includes detox may be necessary:
- Possessing drug paraphernalia
- Unwarranted emotional outbursts
- No longer engaging in previously enjoyed activities
- Stealing money
- Possessing numerous painkiller prescriptions
- Acting out aggressively or violently
- Slurring speech
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Decline in hygiene
- Constricted pupils
- Slowed heart rate
- Drop in blood pressure
- Cognitive impairment
- Poor concentration
- Problems with memory
- Feelings of being detached from one’s surroundings
- Suicidal ideation
- Bouts of anger
- Depressed mood
- Anxious feelings
Those who are grappling with an opioid addiction may experience many of the above listed symptoms. When these issues start occurring, treatment is often required for individuals to prevent dangerous (and possibly deadly) effects from occurring.
Treatment that includes detox as the first step is often the most effective form of care used to defeat an addiction to opioids. While there are a number of methods of detox that are available, none are more effective than medication assisted treatment. Medication assisted treatment uses medications that decrease the intensity of the withdrawal process as a whole by making symptoms seem less severe and by helping individuals obtain control over the tempting cravings he or she might experience.
Benefits of Detoxing from Opioids with Medication Assisted Treatment
If an individual tries to recover from an opioid addiction on his or her own and without the use of a medication like Vivitrol, Suboxone, methadone, or Subutex, he or she will have an extremely challenging time withstanding the pain that can arise during the withdrawal process. In order to effectively beat an opioid addiction, an individual must be prepared to focus his or her attention on going through the emotional factors that contribute to the development and/or continuation of abuse. When withdrawal symptoms and cravings are present, an individual cannot focus his or her attention on other things, which causes the recovery process to remain stagnant. Medication assisted treatment helps alleviate these physical concerns, allowing individuals the peace of mind to keep moving forward in recovery.
At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we utilize the most effective detox services and methods of treatment available when it comes to battling opioid addictions. Allow our empathetic and understanding staff help you or someone you love in obtaining the treatment needed to put an addiction to rest once and for all.