Banyan Opiate Detox Facilities can help you detox from harmful medications that can cause physical dependence and that produce symptoms of withdrawal when ceased. The abuse of and addiction to opiates has become a serious global problem that affects the health, social, and economic welfare of all societies. It is estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide.1
Even when prescribed, this category of drugs can take such a toll-both physically and mentally- on their users that traditional “cold turkey” methods of detox are often ineffective. Thus, other detox methods are paramount and vastly superior. At Banyan Detox, we believe in a proper medical detox because it is safer and far more comfortable for the patient.
What are Opiates?
An opiate is described as a drug with morphine-like effects, that is derived from opium. Drugs that include the following ingredients are considered opiates:
- Codeine (e.g., Tylenol 3)
- Thebain (like Vicodin or Oxycodone)
- The illicit substance heroin also falls into the opiate category.
What is the Timeline for Untreated Drug Withdrawal?
Opiate withdrawal refers to the wide range of symptoms that occur from stopping or dramatically reducing opiate drugs after heavy and prolonged use (several weeks or more). Simply stopping this drug is difficult due to the withdrawals, which start because your body is used to receiving the drug at certain intervals.
The duration of opiate detox depends greatly on the severity of the dependence. Scientifically we can pinpoint different symptoms of the withdrawal process, but it is hard to verify a specific opiate withdrawal timeline due to the varying factors in usage severity, length, age and other determining factors.
Without any medical intervention, withdrawal from opiates can last anywhere from a couple of days to a week or more as the body cleanses itself of the drugs, and experiences its most profound withdrawal symptoms.
What are Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal?
To simply stop taking opiates is a difficult choice, and this method of detox is not always successful – and often dangerous – without the support of rehabilitation center staff, doctors or family members. Some of the withdrawal symptoms include:
- muscle aches
- lacrimation (eyes tearing up)
- runny nose
- excessive sweating
- inability to sleep
- yawning very often diarrhea
- abdominal cramping
- goose bumps on the skin
- nausea and vomiting
- dilated pupils and possibly blurry vision
- rapid heartbeat
- high blood pressure
Here at Banyan Detox, we help make our patients the most comfortable they can be during this difficult time.
Other Opiate Detox Methods
Opiate detox is a very dangerous thing. Many articles can be found on how to detox at home but even with following these steps, you have no protection from two of the biggest hurdles during an opiate detox; mental obsession and the dangerous medical complications that can occur. Detoxing from any form of opiates is not something to be taken lightly and always should be done under medical supervision.