Opiates are a classification of medical and illicit drugs that are highly addictive in nature. With long-term use of these substances, individuals may develop physical dependence. And, require medical detox to remove the drug from the system before treatment can begin. Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we offer a medically-assisted approach to detoxing from opiates. And, we offer a number of treatment and therapeutic services to help those struggling with opiate dependency get the recovery they need to live free from a life of opiate use.
Exploring what Opiates are and how They’re Used
Many people think that opioids and opiates are the same. However, there is one specific distinction between the two. Opiates are substances derived straight from the poppy plant. These include opium, codeine, morphine, and heroin. Opioids are any classification of drugs either derived from opium or synthetically produced to mirror the effects and DNA of these substances. So, while an opiate is an opioid, not every opioid is an opiate.
Because these substances are similar, detox and treatment may not differ greatly. However, intentions of users may differ for users of both opioids and opiates. For example, some opioids and opiates are prescribed to manage symptoms of chronic pain. And, individuals may develop dependence unknowingly or accidentally while simply trying to heal from an injury or procedure. On the other hand, illicit opiate and opioids, like heroin, may be purchased on the street with the intention to get high. Whether individuals are taking opiates recreationally or as directed by a doctor, dependence is possible either way.
Symptoms of Opiate Abuse, Dependence, and Withdrawal
Opiate users experience intense cravings for the substance they’re dependent upon. But, aside from cravings for the drugs, there are other symptoms of an apparent dependency. These symptoms may include:
- Injection markings on the arms, hands, legs, or feet
- Inappropriate sleep schedules
- Avoiding family, events, and social situations
- Attempting to have prescriptions filled by multiple physicians
- Intense and abrupt mood swings
- Impaired judgment
Along with the symptoms of opiate dependency, another characteristic to look for is withdrawal. Once the body adapts to the use of opiates, it reacts adversely once they are taken away. This is known as withdrawal. Some withdrawal symptoms of opiates include:
- Intense cravings
- Muscle aches
- Muscle spasms
- Trouble with concentration
- Uncontrollable tears
- Runny nose
- Stomach cramps
Detox for Opiates at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services
Because opiate withdrawal symptoms are so agitating, professional detox is necessary. Usually, when individuals attempt to detox alone at home, they relapse almost immediately. But, enrolling in a residential detox doesn’t make sense for every person. Fortunately, there is another option. Here at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services, we offer a medically-assisted, outpatient approach to opiate detox. This way, individuals may receive the medications they need to detox more comfortably. And, they can do so from the comfort of their own homes. If you or a loved one is struggling with a dependency on opiates, help is available for you today. Contact us to speak with one of our experienced specialists today.