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Someone who is addicted to opioids likely struggles with recognizing the severity of his or her addiction and the issues associated with it. Individuals who find themselves addicted to opioids, such as heroin, prescription painkillers, or morphine, most likely did not seek out these drugs in an effort to become addicted, rather as a way of coping with more pressing psychological, physical and/or emotional issues.

Benefits of Opioid Detox

Benefits of Receiving Opioid Detox Prior to Receiving Medication Assisted Treatment

An opioid user will eventually find that he or she is repeating a cycle of addictive behavior that is seemingly unstoppable. However, any addiction – including opioid addiction – can be treated as long as the user desires to overcome it. Through the help of professionals, these individuals can work towards sobriety and begin achieving a healthy lifestyle.

There are many aspects that go into the treatment of an opioid addiction, however the very first step is detoxification, or detox. Detox is designed to eliminate opiates from the body so that the rest of the recovery process can take place without the presence of this harmful substance. It is critical to determine if you or someone you love is struggling with an opioid addiction so that detox can take place as soon as possible. An individual who is trapped in the throes of opioid addiction will display significant behavioral, physical, psychosocial, and cognitive symptoms, all of which can include the following:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Possessing drug paraphernalia
  • Lack of participation in previously enjoyed activities
  • Unexplainable emotional outbursts
  • Acting out aggressively or violently
  • Slurred speech
  • Possessing multiple painkiller prescriptions
  • Deceitfulness (i.e. stealing money)

Physical symptoms:

  • Insomnia/hypersomnia
  • Poor hygiene
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Constricted pupils
  • Nausea

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Memory loss
  • Drowsiness
  • Detachment from surroundings
  • Poor concentration
  • Overall cognitive impairment

Psychosocial symptoms: 

  • Suicidal ideation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Bouts of anger

Someone who is addicted to opioids will likely struggle with several of the symptoms listed above, signaling that treatment is absolutely necessary in order to prevent additional symptoms (and possibly death) from occurring.

The best and most effective form of opioid treatment will include the process of detox as the introductory step. There is a wide variety of different detox treatments available, however, one of the most powerful forms of detox offered is medication-assisted treatment. Medication-assisted treatment employs medications designed to manage the pain and discomfort that can come along with withdrawal. In addition, these medications are also crucial in helping recovering individuals cope with cravings so he or she can focus solely on his or her full recovery.

Benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment

Benefits of Detoxing from Opioids with Medication Assisted Treatment

If an individual makes an effort to overcome his or her opioid addiction without the use of commonly utilized treatment medications (such as methadone, Suboxone, Subutex, or Vivitrol), he or she will likely battle against distressing and overwhelming withdrawal symptoms, including intense cravings. To fully overcome an opioid addiction, an individual needs to put forth his or her full attention and dedication to work through the personal, emotional, and physical factors that have contributed to his or her abuse. When cravings and withdrawal symptoms are present, the recovery process can be interrupted and sobriety is then delayed. Medication assisted treatment is effective in relieving those withdrawal symptoms and cravings and also gives the individual looking to recover the ability to focus solely on putting an end to his or her opioid addiction once and for all.

At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we offer the most advanced detox treatments for opioid addiction. We encourage you to allow our kind and understanding treatment team help you or your loved one accept the care needed to achieve sobriety.