Is Outpatient Opiate Detox Right for Me?

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About Opiate Detox

Opiates have both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. When you have developed an addiction to opiates you will most likely develop a dependency to opiates as well. When you develop a dependency to opiates you will begin to go through opiate withdrawal every time you do not have the drug in your body, or every time you do not have enough of the drug in your body. The withdrawal symptoms for opiate detox can be painful and extremely difficult for you or for any person to go through on their own.

According to the US National Library of Medicine National and Institutes of Health, the physical withdrawal symptoms that typically occur with opiate detox include, sweating, nausea, dilated pupils, diarrhea, vomiting, runny nose, muscle aches, increased tearing and Goosebumps, whereas the psychological withdrawal symptoms of opiates typically include irritability, anxiety, and insomnia.

When you go through opiate detox you may need the assistance of medication treatment to help you get through the physical withdrawals. Outpatient opiate detox treatment can help you get through the withdrawals of opiates through medication maintenance and through therapy. Therapy is also a necessary step for you to take in regards to opiate addiction because addiction is a brain disease and in order for you to be cured you must be able to change your way of thinking.

Deciding if Outpatient Opiate Detox is Right for You

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Outpatient detox makes it easier for you to take care of other aspects of your life.

According to the National Alliance of Mental Health, it is common for people who have formed an addiction to opiates to experience numerous other problems in their life that stem from their opiate abuse. People who are addicted to opiates commonly are injured or sick more often than those who are not, and they also commonly are arrested due to their drug usage. Furthermore, people who abuse opiates commonly experience problems with work or school.

Opiate addiction will not only hurt you psychically, it will also hurt you mentally. If you have developed an opiate addiction you probably have already begun to see the damage your addiction has caused you. Outpatient opiate detox will provide you with the resources you need to stop using drugs, but when you are not in treatment you must have the strength to stay away from drugs. If you have a busy schedule or if you work, or have a family, you may want to go to outpatient opiate detox so that you can still do the things you need to do every day. However, if your drug addiction has been going on for years and you do not have a schedule to adhere to every day, then you may want to consider inpatient opiate detox.


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