Opiates are a type of narcotic drug that acts as depressants on the central nervous system (CNS). Opiates come from opium, which can be produced naturally from poppy plants or derived from semi-synthetic alkaloids. They are so easily accessed and unfortunately have become the norm to have a prescription painkiller in your or someone you know’s possession.
Opiates are prescribed everyday legally and illegally and sometimes just purchased on the streets. They are meant to help aid people to function without pain due to an injury or surgery or perhaps a chronic illness. But they are abused just as much or more than they are taken as prescribed.
Some of the most common opiates of abuse include:
- Prescription painkillers
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), prescription opioid pain medicines such as OxyContin and Vicodin have effects similar to heroin. Research suggests that the misuse of these drugs may open the door to heroin use. Data from 2011 showed that an estimated 4 to 6 percent who misuse prescription opioids switch to heroin and about 80 percent of people who used heroin first misused prescription opioids. More recent data suggest that heroin is frequently the first opioid people use. In a study of those entering treatment for opioid use disorder, approximately one-third reported heroin as the first opioid they used regularly to get high.
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Opioid Dependency and Withdrawal Symptoms
Many people when they abuse opiates, whether by accident or intentionally, get dependent on them. The physical dependence on a drug means that a person’s brain structure and brain chemicals have altered to accommodate the drug. When the person stops using opiates, their body has to adapt to not having the drug in the body, which results in withdrawal symptoms.
When a person stops taking opiates, they may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as pain, body aches, fatigue, and nausea. The symptoms of opiate withdrawal can be very distressing, but they are rarely life-threatening. Withdrawal symptoms can arise hours after the last dose of the drug and may last for a week or more.
Opiate withdrawal symptoms may range from mild to severe, depending on how dependent the individual is on an opioid drug. Dependency can be tied to the length of time taking a particular drug, dosage amount, which drug was taken, how the drug was taken, underlying medical conditions, the co-occurring presence of a mental health issue, and certain biological and environmental factors, such as the family history of addiction, previous trauma, or highly stressful and unsupportive surroundings. Withdrawal from an opioid drug may vary from person to person.
Treatment Such as Lucemyra for Opioid Withdrawal
There are several treatments and detox options for the removal of opiates from the body. Medical detox, for instance, includes both medical and psychological treatments while under the close supervision of both medical and mental health specialists in a safe and comforting residential setting. Most medicines used in medical detox use another less potent opiate to curb the withdrawal symptoms while slowly lessening the drug in the body.
More About How Lucemyra Minimizes Opiate Detox
Recently the FDA approved the very first non-opioid treatment drug for the management of opioid withdrawal symptoms and it’s called Lucemyra. While Lucemyra may lessen the severity of withdrawal symptoms, it may not completely prevent them and is only approved for treatment for up to 14 days. Lucemyra is not a treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) but can be used as part of a broader, long-term treatment plan for managing OUD.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), in 2016, more than 42,000 people died from an opioid overdose, or approximately 115 people per day. Although effective treatments exist for opioid addiction, painful and difficult withdrawal is one of the reasons treatment fails, and relapse occurs. By alleviating symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal, Lucemyra could help patients complete their discontinuation of opioids and facilitate successful treatment. To date, no other medications have been approved to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Medically-Assisted Opioid Detox Program
Allure Detox can help safely lessen the pain of opioid withdrawal and opiate detox using a medically-assisted process. We are a comfortable and evidence-based drug and alcohol detox in West Palm Beach, Florida. We can free you or your loved one from the physical symptoms of addiction and start you on the path to recovery.
We offer detox from drugs and alcohol on a medical basis so that you can safely resume the life you once lived, the life you thought was lost forever. Addicts emerge from Allure Detox healthy, sane, and prepared for a lifetime of recovery. Please contact us today if you or someone you love is suffering the pain of addiction.