Highly addictive due to the euphoric sensations they create when abused, the drug class known as opioids includes both legal prescription drugs like morphine as well as illicit substances like heroin. Even when prescribed an opioid for pain relief by a doctor, one must diligently monitor his or her use of the drug because of its known habit-forming properties. When taken outside of the intended use and for anything other than short periods of time, an opioid dependence can take hold.
Given the myriad of negative outcomes of an opioid use disorder, individuals struggling with the negative effects of an addiction to these drugs must seek out a quality treatment center to access the professional help they need to achieve sobriety. And while there are many steps on the long road to recovery, one of the first and most critical steps in the battle against opioid addiction is to rid the mind and body of illicit substances in a supervised detox program.
What Happens During Opioid Withdrawal
When a person abuses opioids, his or her body will develop a tolerance for these drugs and will require them in order to function normally. This dependence means that when a person attempts to cease his or her opioid use without support, painful symptoms of withdrawal will soon set in, including:
- Physical aches and pains
- Intense cravings for one’s drug of choice
These symptoms will vary based on each individual’s experience, and the duration and severity will be dependent upon one’s pattern of drug use. This painful set of symptoms can serve to tempt an individual to resume his or her drug abuse in an attempt to halt the progression of the withdrawal. Over time, multiple failed attempts at withdrawal can serve to further embed one into addictive behaviors and may make achieving a sustained sobriety all the more difficult.
Detoxification at Wilmington Treatment Center
At Wilmington Treatment Center, each patient will be assessed upon arrival to decide on the most appropriate first steps that will help him or her ease into treatment with a plan of care that reflects his or her unique needs. Should it be decided that a person would benefit from detox services, our staff of experienced, compassionate professionals will work diligently to ensure a safe and comfortable detox experience.
While detoxing at Wilmington, patients will benefit from the following supports:
- Our medical staff monitors patients around the clock to ensure their safety as harmful substances are removed from the body.
- We provide optional acupuncture services to promote quick healing.
- Medication may be administered to help sooth painful withdrawal symptoms.
- Housed in a substance-free setting, our detox program removes any and all temptation to abuse substances and prevents a relapse that could derail one’s progress in the early days of recovery.
Long-Term Benefits of Detox for Opioid Addiction
Cleansing one’s mind and body of substances of abuse is a critical first step towards recovery for many men and women who struggle with addiction. The process elicits a healing response in the body and has the immediate benefit of allowing a person to achieve sobriety in a supported environment without having to endure the painful, disconcerting symptoms of withdrawal.
But long after one is discharged from detox, benefits of this type of programming continue to have a positive impact. Having achieved sobriety in detox, individuals possess the strength and clarity they need to move forward in treatment and make healthy choices for themselves. Detox may be the first time in a long while that an individual has been completely substance-free, and the knowledge that a drug-free existence is possible can be incredibly empowering.
As one exits detox, he or she will be provided with a treatment plan that clearly outlines the next steps on the continuum of care that will be most appropriate for that individual. For some, this may mean transitioning directly into residential care and, for others, this may mean connecting with other types of supports. Either way, one will be prepared to progress forward on their recovery journey without a lag in treatment that can sometimes elicit a relapse.
Opioid addiction is one of the most devastating types of chemical dependence. But if you or a loved one is struggling with this damaging type of addiction, know that you are not alone and that there is hope. Wilmington Treatment Center has created a respite for care that allows each patient to work toward his or her unique goals for recovery. Our opioid detox center offers effective treatment modalities designed to help each person in our care achieve the substance-free life he or she deserves. To learn more about starting the path to sobriety at Wilmington Treatment Center, we hope that you will contact us today.