New Jersey Opiate Detox Center
SOBA New Jersey Providing a Safe and Comfortable Detox From Opiates
Opioids are a class of drugs used to treat severe or chronic pain. Although many people refer to “opioids” and “opiates” interchangeably, they are different. Opioids are all naturally occurring, synthetic, and semi-synthetic opioids; opiates are naturally occurring opioids, such as heroin, codeine, and morphine. While some opioids (including opiates) are legally available as prescription medications, they are highly regulated due to their high potential for abuse.
Some examples of opioids include:
- Oxycodone (OxyContin or Percocet)
- Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
Typically, opioids come from the opium plant, but some are manmade (synthetic), such as fentanyl. All opioids stimulate the brain’s opioid receptors, helping reduce feelings of pain and enhance feelings of pleasure and wellbeing. They also cause you to feel deeply relaxed and, in some cases, euphoric.
When used correctly, opioids can be extremely beneficial for individuals experiencing considerable pain. However, these drugs affect the brain’s natural processes and, when misused or abused, can quickly lead to increased tolerance, dependency, and addiction.
Opiate Detox: Opiate Addiction & Use
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2018 almost 11% of U.S. adults reported using prescription pain medication within the past month. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that in 2017 almost 18 million U.S. adults reported using pain pills without a prescription from their doctor.
Signs of Opiate Addiction:
- Uncontrollable cravings
- Weight loss
- Frequent flu-like symptoms
- Decreased libido
It’s important to note that anyone on opioids, not just those who misuse or abuse them, can become addicted to these medications because of their highly addictive properties. While on pain medication, you can take it as directed, but eventually you’ll need to increase the dosage to achieve the same level of pain relief. This means that your tolerance has increased, and you need more of the drug to get the desired effect. However, the increased dosage means you have a higher chance of becoming dependent on the medication.
When you become dependent on an opioid, it can be challenging to stop using the drug. This is especially true when someone has progressed from drug dependence to addiction. Even if someone wants to stop, their body may start to go through withdrawal. This means that they will almost certainly contend with uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms until the detoxification process is complete. Even after detox, it can be difficult to avoid triggers and resist relapse without professional addiction treatment and support.
The Dangers of Opioid Use
The CDC reports that of the more than 67,000 overdose deaths in 2018 due to drugs, about 70% were due to opioids. Those who misuse or abuse opioids are at a higher risk of overdose, but it can happen to anyone if they are not careful with their dosage.
Opioid overdose symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Inability to talk or slurred speech
- Slowed or shallow breathing
- Bluish or greyish skin
- Blue lips or fingernails
- Considerably slowed heartbeat
If you suspect an opioid overdose, call 911 immediately for help. Opioid overdoses are reversible in some cases with fast action.
Why Professional Opiate Detox Is Important
The goal of going through detox is to decrease the severe withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid detox and help you successfully proceed to the next level of treatment. However, it is generally not recommended that people with opioid use disorders suddenly stop taking opioids altogether. In fact, “going cold turkey” can have negative consequences; in severe cases, suddenly stopping all opioid use can even be deadly.
Instead, it is recommended that people suffering from opioid abuse and addiction attend medical detox in a safe, supervised facility. This allows individuals to receive the attention and care they need, while also ensuring that withdrawal symptoms are managed as effectively and comfortably as possible.
Withdrawing from opioids can be mentally and physically challenging. In fact, some people put off trying to get off opioids because they don’t want to have to endure the daunting withdrawal symptoms. However, undergoing detox is important to break the cycle of addiction. The good news is that the symptoms of opioid withdrawal are typically not life-threatening. Recovery is possible. However, it’s safest to undergo a medically supervised opiate detox.
How Opiate Detox Works
Opiate detox works by helping you minimize withdrawal symptoms while your body adjusts to the absence of opioids in your system. Staying at a professional medical detox will help you get through the roughest part of addiction recovery. At SOBA New Jersey ,our compassionate and caring health experts will work with you to create your unique, comprehensive treatment plan for detox and continued help.
You can detox from opioids in various ways depending on the severity of the addiction. One way is to gradually decrease the dosage of opioids under the supervision of your physician to minimize symptoms. You can also undergo medication-assisted treatment (MAT). With MAT, you’re prescribed a less dangerous opioid to minimize the harsher detox symptoms. Medications like methadone or buprenorphine are common for MAT. However, you won’t be using these medications forever; they are short-term aids for helping people get free from opioid addiction.
You may choose to attend an opiate detox center for a week and then go on to continue treatment at a residential or outpatient setting. Our team can help you find the right New Jersey opiate addiction treatment program for your situation.
The Importance of Treatment After Opiate Detox
There are different options for detox and treatment for opioid addiction. Detox is simply the first step on the recovery path, and we always recommend continuing treatment with residential care and/or outpatient treatment. You could be dealing with triggers and cravings for weeks, months, or even years, so you want to be sure you’ve got a strong foundation for recovery.
Attending treatment is a great way to get that foundation. You can attend a residential (inpatient) or non-residential (outpatient) treatment program. If you’re able to leave home and get treatment, a hospital or residential facility will likely suit you well.
Typically, clients in residential opioid rehab stay for about a month to learn more about the disease of addiction, as well as how to manage life without opioids. They’ll also learn about other pain management options if they’re dealing with chronic pain. The fact that you’re supervised 24/7 and have time to solely focus on recovery increases your chances of experiencing long-term recovery success.
If you have family or work obligations, you can attend our outpatient treatment center. You will be able to attend a certain number of sessions throughout the week to strengthen your recovery foundation, but you will continue living at home. Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) and standard outpatient programs (OPs) are most beneficial when individuals have milder addictions or lack the ability to attend full-time residential treatment programs.
Get Support for Opiate Detox
Here at SOBA New Jersey, we offer comprehensive, compassionate support through the opioid detox and recovery process. We also offer a variety of advanced, science-based therapies designed to treat co-occurring mental and behavioral health disorders (dual diagnosis), as well as the unique needs of each individual person. We believe in an integrated approach to recovery that allows each of our clients to heal physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. This, along with our ongoing support networks, increases the chance of lasting sobriety.
At times, you can feel lost and confused when struggling with addiction or mental health. Our team understands what you are going through and works with you to reclaim the life you deserve.