Opiate Detox

Opiates are a substance directly derived from the opium poppy plant. When someone uses opiates to get high, they will experience euphoria, a sense of strength and being “all right”, they won’t experience physical pain, or psychological distress like anxiety and depression.

While detox services are not offered at our JourneyPure Nashville campus, Journey Pure has several other facilities that provide detox. We will make sure you receive the highest care of medical detoxification.

Approximately 2.1 million Americans have an addiction to opiates, according to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. In 2015 alone, 54,404 Americans accidentally overdosed on opiates, making opioid overdose the number one cause of accidental death in the country. Opiates are derived from the poppy plant, and opiates are synthetically manufactured. However, all opiate substances are classified as opioids, making an addiction to codeine, morphine, heroin, etc. classified as an opioid use disorder. So remember you are not alone if you are one the many who struggle with opiate addiction, reach out to our opiate detox center in Nashville Tennessee today and speak with one of our addiction specialists. 

Prescription painkillers like Hydrocodone and OxyContin came on the market in the 90’s and were presented as medications that had a remarkable effect on managing pain, with little or no risk of addiction. After years of studies, and a massive rise in opiate-related deaths, we now recognize that there is no truth to this statement in regards to its potential for addiction. Currently, the United States is still struggling with the effects of the opioid crisis, which has caused a substantial jump in social distress.  Poverty, incarceration, child abuse and neglect, sexual assault and the list goes on. Opiate addiction is a devastating disease, greatly diminishing a person’s quality of life. The user suffers physical and psychological damage, of which, they may never recover. For many addicted to opiates, repercussions of their use often include unemployment, financial problems, legal issues, and poor overall health. As the disease progress, so do the negative outcomes. So do not hesitate, if you are struggling with Opiate addiction, contact our Nashville Tennessee opiate detox center today and learn how we can help you take the first steps towards a new life in recovery.

Opiate Dependence

Opiate dependence occurs when the body has become accustomed to the presence of the opiates. As a result of the dependence, withdrawal symptoms will begin shortly after the user has stopped taking the drug.  These uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms cause the user to get high again to avoid the experience. Opiate users find it very difficult, if not impossible to complete the process on their own, and they shouldn’t. They should be supervised in a medical facility, like ours in Nashville, ensuring all of their medical and psychological needs are being met.

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms will be unique to each patient.  They will vary in severity and intensity depending on the using patterns of the addict.  How long the person used, how much they used, and how often will all influence the severity of the withdrawal. Patients will experience both physical and emotional symptoms. To make the detoxification process as comfortable and safe as possible, it is important to contact an opiate detox center in Nashville Tennessee. 

Physical Symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches/spasms
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Increased tear production
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Uncontrollable yawning

Psychological Symptoms:

  • Agitation or rage
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Irritability
  • Panic attacks
  • Mood swings
  • Diminished cognitive function

Withdrawal Symptoms Treated At Our Nashville Tennessee Opiate Detox Center

Opiate withdrawal symptoms can occur just 12 hours after an individual’s last dose. By day three, the patient is in the worst of it.  This is a critical time, that should be supervised sufficiently in a detox facility like our Nashville Tennessee opiate detox center. 

The three phases of opiate withdrawal are as follows:

  • Phase 1 – restlessness, agitation, flu-like symptoms, and fever that last upwards of five days
  • Phase 2 – powerful cravings, depression, cramps, and chills that can continue for up to two weeks
  • Phase 3 – anxiety, mood swings, cravings, and insomnia, which may remain constant for two months

Medications are a powerful tool during the detox process.  When utilized properly in a controlled setting, meds can increase the patient’s level of comfort dramatically. Below is a list of medications that may be used during our opiate detox center in Nashville Tennessee: 

  • Antidiarrheal medications
  • Anti-nausea medications
  • Topical analgesics
  • Hydration
  • Natural sleep aids
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Hydrotherapy (baths and whirlpools)
  • Nutritional support (healing malnourishment, eating a balanced diet)

Methadone may be administered by a professional in an appropriate dosage deemed necessary for the client to lessen the severity of the withdrawal symptoms experienced

Buprenorphine blocks the effects of opioids so that the patient does not get high, it fires the same part of the brain and nervous system that opiates do but without the adverse effects. Buprenorphine is not habit forming, so the patient can continue to take it once they have left treatment, to continue with their recovery.

Get The Help You Deserve Today At JourneyPure’s Opiate Detox Center In Nashville Tennessee

People who want to discontinue their opiate use have choices. They can be safely detoxed here at our Nashville Tennessee opiate detox center, and continue on with treatment with our inpatient care.  We offer many therapies to aid in one’s journey to getting clean. There is a solution for those who want recovery!

Do not be scared to reach out for help. You are not the only one who is suffering from addiction. Contact our opiate detox center in Nashville Tennessee today to find out how we can help you finally overcome your opiate addiction for good.

Get the best treatment for yourself or a loved one.

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