Individuals who need detox from opiates require close supervision while their body processes the last of these harmful substances. Opiates, unfortunately, are addictive, although they are generally used for valid purposes such as chronic pain. Over time and with regular use, opiates create biochemical changes in your central nervous system. During the detox, your body begins to resume normal functioning as it restores itself to the way it was before the changes caused by opiates. Withdrawal from opiates can be excruciating for some, with severe pain and the potential for seizures. A well trained staff who is versed in the process of detox is necessary to ensure it is done safely and as comfortably as possible.
Not every detox program is administered in the same way. Some programs rely on short term, rapid opiate detox as a way to quickly get opiates out of your bloodstream and hasten healing. Other facilities may prefer a more gradual detoxification to minimize discomfort and and avoid a shock to your system. Regardless of the type of detox used, it’s important for the process to be followed up by a program of individual and group counseling in order to facilitate transition into the next portion of your life, one without opiates.
Clients will learn new ways to cope with the significant changes in their lives. Training for this new life can include employment coaching, stress reduction, and behavioral changes that encourage abstinence. All of the tools you need already exist inside of you, but having a knowledgeable staff to intervene can help you identify and emphasize your strengths and temper your weaknesses. Although you are no longer dependent on opiates, stressful situations and people can trigger a craving for these medications. Treatment is most successful when you can identify these triggers and replace your dependence with something that isn’t harmful.