Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Chemistry of Accelerated Opiate Detox




If you have been watching television recently, then chances are you have seen an intervention show or at least part of it.  It paints the traditional picture of a person struggling with addiction, often relapsing or not accepting help at all.  It is unfortunate that not many shows highlight the chemical changes in the body which make staying sober difficult or the new procedures like accelerated opiate detox which can help an addict successfully start his or her journey to sobriety.

We often judge people who are dependent on opiates like Heroin, Methadone and Oxycontin too harshly thinking that they only lack will power in order to get their lives back on track.  The truth is there is a chemical aspect to addiction that physically affects an individual and makes him or her feel very ill.  Spells of vomiting, dizziness, weakness, intense pain, loose bowel movement and suicidal feelings are just some of the withdrawal symptoms experienced by those undergoing rehabilitation. Aside from the traditional psychological counseling the chemical or physical aspect of addiction should also be addressed.  This is the reason why a chemical detoxification process like accelerated opiate detox is so very important because it deals with the physical dependence of the person and not just the psychological dependence focused on by counseling. 

Medical facilities like The Coleman Institute specialize in this type of chemical and physical management of symptoms in order to ensure that the patient has a reasonable chance of success.  Too often many addicts are not able to continue their rehabilitation program because of the painful and uncomfortable detoxification process.  The Coleman Institute has a three day accelerated detoxification program which, with constant supervision, allow the individual to quickly, safely and as comfortable as possible undergo the withdrawal process.

Traditional treatments for opiate dependents in rehab centers are often a combination of the painful withdrawal symptoms and psychological counseling and activities.  This technique of dealing with addiction has been in practice for decades and more often than not does not include the modern chemical findings where a medical drug called Naltrexone blocks opiates from an addicts system. Opiates like Heroin and Oxycontin synthetically tell our brain to flood our system with endorphins which is our body's natural pain killer as well as being responsible for making us feel happy or content.  Because opiates artificially stimulate endorphin release, our body, in time, no longer releases endorphins naturally and thus we become addicted to opiates.  Naltrexone stops the person from craving the abused substance.  Also, because opiates are no longer used or are attached to the brain's receptors, the process of endorphins being released naturally so that an addict can once again feel "normal" can now start to heal.

The accelerated opiate detox that The Coleman Institute offers are not like the ones in other facilities which simply sedate the patient through the withdrawal period. What The Coleman Institute offers is a type of opiate neuro-regulation which supports the patient even after the three day detox program. The minute the Naltrexone implant is placed under the patient's skin, it keeps opiates from the receptors in the brain for eight to twelve weeks.  This is a leap forward in the rehabilitation process since it gives an addict more time to deal with the physical as well as psychological facets of addiction and in so doing help him or her become drug-free permanently.

If you or someone you love is in need of help detoxing off of Methadone, Suboxone, opiates, benzos or alcohol, please don't hesitate to call Jennifer Pius at 1.877.77.DETOX (33869).  Remember, relapse prevention is possible!!!

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