Opiate addiction changes the way your mind and body works which is why getting off it cannot be done without the help of trained medical professionals. They can make sure that you recover from the withdrawal process without causing any serious damage to your physical and psychological well-being. Years of study about opiate addiction have allowed experts to come up with different treatment options for those who want to get clean. What works for one does not necessarily work for the other and in picking a treatment option for your recovery from opiates consider how long you have been addicted and your individual personality to assess the effectiveness of each option.
The first phase of your treatment will involve going through detoxification and withdrawal from the opiates. During detoxification it is recommended that you check yourself into a detox or rehab facility. This ensures that your withdrawal phase is under the supervision of medical professionals who can monitor your health all throughout the process. This will especially benefit those who have been on opiates for a long time because long term use may have already resulted to serious damage to their bodies and the detox effect is expected to be more intense for them.
The use of medications have been found effective in reducing the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms and curbing the cravings that opiate addicts may have to increase the chances of success of the treatment. This is usually recommended for long term users to help ease them into recovery and over time the amount of medication prescribed to them will be slowly tapered off until they are finally ready to get off the medication.
Methadone therapy is the most common medication prescribed for the treatment of opiate addiction and is dispensed under medical supervision. Methadone is used to avoid the extreme highs and lows that recovering addicts go through during withdrawal which could be dangerous to their health. Buprenorphine is another medication that is used to treat opiate addiction. This has a mild opiate like effect and is preferred by those who cannot go every day to Methadone clinics for medication because it is available in tablet form and can be administered without the need for supervision.
There is a serious risk in these treatment options. Methadone and Buprenorphine are synthetic opiates. They reason they are effective in curbing opiate withdrawal symptoms is because the user is in fact still taking opiates. Most people do not know this, but more overdoses occur from Methadone than heroin.
Instead of working to immediately end an addiction, this type of treatment seeks to slowly wean someone off of it. That can be risky because the addict is not really facing and overcoming their addiction. The chance of relapse is often times greater.
To speed up the detox, some addicts will choose to quit cold turkey. This can make the withdrawal more intense, but will get their body detoxed faster. There are supplements available that can curb some of the withdrawal symptoms and make them a little more bearable.
Another option is a hybrid of the two methods. The patient can keep taking Methadone or Buprenophine, but in smaller doses to get off of it faster, while pairing it with a supplement like Elimidrol to ease the withdrawal.
Behavioral Treatment and Therapy
After the drugs have been flushed out of your system through detoxification or the use of medications, the next phase of your treatment will involve addressing your behavior and psychological issues. This part of the treatment is just as important as going through withdrawal because it ensures that you are on the right track to recovering from opiates. Going through detox will be pointless if you fail to address the reason why you are taking drugs. Failing to identify this will not give you the proper mindset to cope and deal with cravings and triggers as they come.
According to therapists, addiction to opiates could be a result of issues with how you reward or punish yourself and behavioral treatment will help you identify other ways to find pleasure and feel good about yourself as well as effective ways to cope with problems that come your way. Individual counselling and group therapy will help address any emotional problem that you may be running away from which caused you to turn to drugs for temporary relief.