What are Opiates?
Opiates are derived from opium poppies, and are highly addictive. Although often used interchangeably, opiates are different from opioids. They are considered a narcotic, and when used as prescribed by a medical professional, can relieve pain.
When an individual becomes hooked on opiates, unfortunately the pain does not go away– most times it becomes worse. The body quickly builds tolerance to opiates, meaning the user has to take more in order to avoid withdrawal or pain. Opiate withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable, which is why it’s important to detox at a safe space, like our addiction treatment center in Los Angeles, California.
We understand this can be scary, but our specialists are trained to keep you safe and comfortable while detoxing from opiates. There are medications available to counteract withdrawal symptoms, making the detox process less painful.
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Commonly Abused Opiates
It is estimated over 16 million Americans are addicted to opiates. Once again, opiates and opioids are widely used interchangeably, and produce a relatively similar effect.
The most commonly abused opiates include:
There are also many synthetic versions of opiates, such as:
Dangers of Opiate Abuse
Abusing opiates puts your life in danger. When opiates are abused, the body builds a tolerance and the effects of opiates begin to wear off sooner and sooner. Increased tolerance leads to a higher risk of dependency and overdose.
Chronic opiate use causes slowed breathing, which can lead to hypoxia (limited oxygen to the brain). It is also responsible for gastrointestinal distress–most commonly constipation or diarrhea. Long-term use can even increase the risk of bone fractures. As the feeling of euphoria begins to wear off, many users will take more. Overdosing is becoming more common, with nearly 70,000 people dying in 2022 alone.
Abruptly stopping opiate use puts the user at risk for dangerous withdrawal symptoms. If you’re ready to quit using drugs, our opiate detox center in Los Angeles is ready to help. Under the supervision of trained medical staff, we can help make detox a more manageable experience.
What to Expect at our Opiate Detox in Los Angeles
We are happy you’re here. Choosing to stop using opiates is hard, and it’s a choice you should be proud of. Our facility views opiate detox as an opportunity– an opportunity to heal and live a fulfilling life.
When you choose to stop using opiates, it’s a good idea to enter treatment as soon as possible. We recommend beginning a program within hours of your last use to minimize withdrawal symptoms.
Opiate Detox Timeline
Opiates interact with receptors in our brain, and can become addicting within weeks. Withdrawal symptoms can occur as soon as six hours after last use, and peak at roughly 72 hours.
Withdrawal symptoms begin relatively mild, typically presenting as sleepiness, lots of yawning, and increased saliva.
As time goes on, withdrawal symptoms can become more noticeable: cramping, nausea and vomiting.
Withdrawal symptoms peak at this time. Clammy skin, goosebumps, sweating and intense fear and anxiety can occur.
When it comes to any drug detox, it’s important to do so under supervision. Choosing treatment at our opiate detox center in Los Angeles assures it’s done safely and comfortably.
Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
As the opiates begin to leave your system, it’s common (and normal) to experience symptoms from withdrawal. Symptoms can begin as soon as six hours after last use, and peak around 72 hours.
Most common symptoms include:
- Stomach cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle aches
- Physical pain
Psychological dependence can occur just as quickly as a physical one. These side effects include: loss of job and relationships, cravings that won’t go away, no interest in everyday activities, and feelings as if you can’t live without the drug.
If you’re ready to quit using prescription drugs, our detox treatment center in Southern California is ready to help.
What Comes After Opiate Detox?
There is a bright future following our Los Angeles based opiate detox. After your body is completely rid of the drugs and toxins, you can begin healing mentally. Addiction oftentimes preoccupies users, taking them away from friends and hobbies.
Once the opiate detox is complete, you will be presented with additional addiction treatment options such as:
- Residential Treatment
- Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
- Outpatient Treatment
- Rehab Aftercare
Each level-of-care will have its own style of treatment as well as addiction therapies to choose from in order to individualize your treatment plan.
Begin Recovery at our Opiate Detox Center in Los Angeles, California
Our opiate detox center in Los Angeles, California is a judgment-free, caring oasis, where you can safely recover from addiction. The road to recovery isn’t easy, but having a support system makes it far less challenging. When you become a client, you are our focus. We are dedicated to providing the tools necessary for long-term success and preventing relapse.
Waiting for you at our Los Angeles opiate detox center, is a team of passionate individuals, ready to help you break the chain of addiction and take back control of your life. Contact us today to get started.