Opiates are drugs or substances that belong to the family of opioids. According to John Hopkins Medicine, opiate usage is for the medical treatment of patients that have extreme physical pain. Essentially, they induce an illusion of security by dulling the senses. These drugs include codeine, morphine, tramadol, heroin, and many others. Prescription of these medications is under strictly supervised conditions.
Apart from medical usage, many people have discovered the numbing effect of pain resulting from the use of opiates. It makes them feel very relaxed, euphoric (referred to as a feeling of being ‘high’), or produces a false sense of happiness. In a bid to erase the problems plaguing them, people also resort to taking opiates. However, after the effects of the opiates have cleared off, they still find that these problems are still existent. To further avoid them, they resort to even more opiates, thereby becoming an abuse of drugs.
Besides, there is a thriving illegal market for the wide circulation of opiates for non-therapeutic purposes. The statistics provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse reveal that about 2.1 million people in the US abuse opiates. At the same time, the number ranges between 26.4 and 36 million on a global scale.
According to the Harvard Medical School, ingesting opiates is usually by mouth, smoking, or snorting. However, people who have become dependent on it seek the fastest means of getting it into their system; hence, they opt to inject it directly into their veins.
How do Opiates Work in the Body?
Many receptors that look like wires connect our bodies, but in the real sense, they have millions of nerve endings that are very sensitive and help with the body’s normal functioning. The brain is like a powerhouse that helps regulate the processes in other sites in the body. As such, there are parts of the brain that induce hormone production that generally help prevent depression, pain, and anxiety.
In the ordinary course of secretions, the body produces them in little amounts, just in the right quantity. Using opiates will naturally affect the brain’s receptors or spinal cord that transmit the ‘happy’ or ‘feel-good’ sensations around the body. Many people love to enjoy the lingering effect of opiates; hence, they continue to use it to their detriment.
What occurs as a natural effect of drug abuse is that the body gets too used to the effect that, in the long run, it becomes insensitive to opiates. The next thing is that there is even an increasing urge to have more of it to sustain the euphoria.
Getting Rid of Opiates from the Body System
Opiates Detox is one of the simplest ways to withdraw from drug abuse, especially where a person has been a long-term user of opiate. The effects of withdrawal may, however, be mild, moderate, or severe. An opiate like heroin is usually flushed out of the system within 12 hours of detox, especially if a patient presents mild symptoms.
Like any treatment method, it is highly advisable to seek medical professionals’ help for treatment and abstinence purposes. Below are some of the symptoms to expect on the journey of opiates detox:
It usually occurs in the early stages of detox from Opiates, particularly within 24 hours after the last intake of opiates. Restlessness occurs because the body does not enjoy the regular presence of opiates in the bloodstream. This symptom results in tiredness, insomnia (sleeplessness), anxiety, and joint and muscle aches.
Gastrointestinal dysfunctions such as constipation, dehydration, lack of appetite, seizures, and vomiting are all symptoms presented by people having an opiate detox. Abdominal pains are also not uncommon. Generally, digestive dysfunctions occur because of the opiate cessation on the receptors in the gastrointestinal system. Hence, reacting is a common way of your body revolting against your choice to detox from opiates.
The heart also bears the effect of a withdrawal. Therefore, symptoms such as rapid heartbeat and palpitations occur.
Other symptoms include blurry pupils, high blood pressure, nausea, goosebumps, and seizures, while pneumonia, liver damage, intestine dysfunctions, and death may be complications.
The Retreat of Broward in Pompano Beach is prepared to help you detox from opiates in a comfortable setting. Because of the process’s sensitive nature, especially when it has to do with vital internal organs’ functioning. it is important to note that even people who use opiates due to a legal, medical prescription can become addicted to its usage through over-dependence.
Through questions, tests (such as blood and urine tests), and physical examination, The Retreat of Broward drug detox in South Florida, can diagnose the severity of the case. A person should expect that getting rid of opiates from the body system is never a comfortable feeling. However, it is paramount to be sincere and willing to open up to the doctor to find the best way to help.
Medication such as Loperamide (Imodium), aspirin, hydroxyzine, clonidine, and acetaminophen are all used for treatment. Appropriate usage of these drugs is for increased success. For instance, taking too much Imodium may lead to nausea, urine retention, and death. As far back as 2016, the US FDA warned severally against Imodium’s overdose because it could lead to extreme heart complications and death. Patients are, therefore, monitored for a long time to ensure that they are stable. Tapering with medication such as suboxone as well can help mitigate the symptoms of opiate and opioid detox.
All in all, adhering to prescriptions helps improve the quality of lives addicts have while lessening the government’s burden in terms of treatment.
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