Prescription opioids, such as OxyContin (oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen), morphine, codeine, Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen), and methadone, are considered highly addictive. Withdrawal from opioids isn’t always considered life-threatening on its own; however, some of the medical and psychological symptoms may have complications that may be life-threatening. Newsong Recovery’s Huntington Beach opioid detox program is offered to those who are struggling with opioid addiction.
The goal of the opioid detox program in Huntington Beach is to manage the physical and mental changes that occur in the brain and body after repeated opioid use while providing the highest degree of comfort and support.
Without medical supervision, a person suffering from opioid withdrawal can experience symptoms that, although not always medically dangerous, can be highly unpleasant and produce intense discomfort. Symptoms include:
● Rapid heart rate
● Muscle spasms
● Impaired respiration
● Difficulty feeling pleasure
● Drug cravings
● Diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms
Someone with a history of mental illness or previous opioid withdrawal may have a more intense withdrawal experience. For example, depression may lead someone to consider suicide, making opioid detoxification under the care of qualified detoxification medical professionals essential.
As mentioned above, many people don’t regard detoxification from opioids as lethal. However, depending on the severity of specific symptoms, opioid withdrawal can become very dangerous and – yes – sometimes life-threatening.
For example, depression might worsen, leading to suicidal ideation. Or, nausea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal issues can lead to dehydration. This dehydration, if experienced in an improper place, can cause death.
Whether opioid addiction begins with surgery, injury, or a few less-than-ideal decisions at a party, it doesn’t pick and choose certain individuals. No matter where the first use began, opioids can affect the brain in fast-acting ways that can hook anyone quickly.
At first, opioids increase the number of endorphins that flow through your brain. After a while, however, the body adjusts to the amount of new endorphins in your brain brain from newly-introduced substances and demands more of them to achieve the same effects. Here is where addiction begins to manifest.
As soon as your brain and body begin craving these endorphins, addiction takes ahold. Where taking opioids may begin as an innocent action, it suddenly becomes intentional and dangerous. As soon as this happens, detox may be necessary to break the cycle of craving and use.
Newsong Recovery’s opioid detox program is closely supervised by a team of physicians with more than 35 years of experience using the latest evidence-based approaches to manage the symptoms of withdrawal.
At Newsong Recovery, your detox will begin with a comprehensive assessment to determine the most effective detox protocols based on your opioid history, medical history, and individual needs. Our physicians will use safe and effective medications to help eliminate risks and manage the physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal while also improving comfort and stability.
Most of our clients complete detox within three to seven days. However, there is no set time frame for detox to be completed. For some, the process will only take hours or days. For others, it may take weeks to completely clear the body of the drug. To create a successful outcome, your detox process will be finely tailored to your own unique, specific needs.
Newsong Recovery offers complimentary consultations with our team of board-certified physicians. To learn more about our comprehensive treatment program and to discuss detox and substance use treatment, call us now.