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Opiates

What is Opiate Addiction?

An opiate can be a medication or an illegal drug that is derived from the opium poppy plant or from a synthetic opiate. Opiate drugs are considered “narcotic sedatives” which means that they depress the activity of the central nervous system to reduce pain and induce sleep. Opiates are highly addictive drugs that often require a special home drug detox program for the user to overcome the addiction. Long-term use of opiates can lead to problems like addiction, overuse and even overdose which can lead to death. Opiate addiction can be extremely difficult to overcome and an opiate detox at home is often necessary. Drugs considered to be opiates include:

  • Codeine – This pain medication is made from naturally occurring opiate plants.
  • Darvocets – These types of drugs are considered to be similar to taking methadone and are just as addictive.
  • Demerol – This drug is considered a narcotic and pain medication that is usually prescribed for short-term treatment for pain that is moderate or severe.
  • Dilaudid – Similar to morphine, dilaudids are stronger but have fewer side effects.
  • Hydrocodone- This is an effective antitussive, or anti-cough, agent that is also prescribed for mild to moderate pain.
  • Methadone – This is a synthetic opiate that is used to suppress a heroin addict’s craving and withdrawal symptoms. However, it is also highly addictive and a home detox is usually necessary to wean the user off the drug safely.
  • Morphine – This narcotic acts directly on the central nervous system and relieves pain while also impairing mental and physical performance.
  • Oxycontin – This drug contains oxycodone, an extremely strong narcotic that is similar to morphine.
  • Percocet – An extremely effective pain medication.
  • Percodan – A narcotic drug that gives the user an instant surge of pleasure and gratification.

There are many forms of opiates, each presenting severe withdrawal symptoms that should be closely monitored.

What are the Symptoms of Opiate Detox?

Many wonder how long to detox from opiates. Symptoms will usually begin within 12 hours of the last heroin use and within 30 hours of the last methadone use.

Early symptoms of opiate withdrawal includes:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Sweating
  • Yawning
  • Insomnia
  • Increased tearing
  • Runny nose

Late symptoms of opiate withdrawal includes:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Goose bumps

Opioid withdrawal reactions can be extremely uncomfortable, however they are not life-threatening.

Does Angels of Victory Offer Opiate Detox Programs at Home?

Angels of Victory is happy to offer opiate detox at home with the help of licensed medical professionals who have over 30 years of experience in the detoxification process. Angels of Victory offers an in-home detox program that provides the utmost confidentiality for our clients. Each home detox staff members is extremely well trained and has signed a confidentiality agreement to respect the client’s special needs and privacy. A registered nurse (RN) will also provide supervision throughout your detox with use of a Nurse Assistant that monitors you daily throughout your detox. With Angels of Victory, detox assistance can be provided either in your own home or at our facility.

You may be wondering how to detox from opiates at home. Angels of Victory are proud to offer an opiate detox at home program for extremely reasonable prices. Our Nurse Assistant will happily accompany you 24 hours a day to check your vital signs, ensure you drink enough fluids, eat nutritional and filling foods, and stays in communication with our lead Doctor and RN throughout the opiate detox at home treatment.

We follow a specific treatment plan carefully and strictly. Our staff makes sure to counsel both the client and their family about substance abuse, addiction and possible resulting diseases. We encourage both the client and their family to be fully involved during the at-home recovery process.

If you choose to detox at our facility, we can accommodate your every need. We help clients from all over the world detox safely. Our detox staff speaks several languages and can even pick you up from the airport. Whether you choose to detox at home or in our clinic, you will be thoroughly evaluated and drug tested to see how long you will need to be medicated. This is based on the amount of abused substances in your system. We will then make you as comfortable as possible and support you throughout the entire detox process and beyond.

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