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Why Do You Need Opioid Detox?

Opioid addiction is a chronic disease in which a person becomes physically and psychologically dependent on the effects of this class of medication. Addiction can cause both personal and career problems, as well as the potential of a fatal overdose. Fortunately, opioid addiction recovery is possible. The addiction recovery process starts with home opioid detox, the first step in our rehab program.

The detox process removes all opioids from the body to wean the patient’s body off its dependency to opioids. Detox helps the body begin the healing process following opioid addiction. Detox also helps prepare the patient for any therapy or counseling that may be recommended as part of their complete addiction recovery plan.

Medically managed opioid addiction recovery is essential since withdrawal symptoms can sometimes cause harm to the patient or those around the patient. At-home opioid detox is a safe, effective, and convenient solution for many people. During home opioid detox, a nurse will be onsite 24/7 to monitor the patient’s health, adjust any medications being used for treatment, and revise the detox plan as needed.

A successful detox is the first and most crucial step in overcoming opioid addiction. Concierge MD LA provides therapy, counseling, and rehabilitation therapies that help a patient develop positive habits and coping techniques to avoid relapse. We work one-on-one with patients every step of the way to an addiction-free life.

Home Detox from Opioids: How it Works

Here’s what patients can expect from opioid detox with Concierge MD LA:

  • Initial evaluation: Our medical director assesses the patient’s medical history, opioid use history, existing prescription medication, and other health factors.
  • Full examination: We perform a full examination and lab tests to build a complete picture of the patient’s health, which gives us the information we need to build a custom detox program tailored to the patient’s needs. This initial examination also gives us a baseline to help gauge progress through the detox program.
  • Consultation and building the detox plan: After we have analyzed the examination and any lab test results, our medical director consults with the patient to create an at-home detox plan. This plan is customized to complement the patient’s current health, lifestyle, medications, and recovery goals.
  • The home detox process begins: Our in-home detox nurse arrives at the patient’s home at the start of the program. One of our nurses will be onsite 24/7 with the patient. They will monitor the detox process, adjust medications as necessary, and make changes to the home detox plan as needed. The nurse will also monitor sleep and nutritional intake, as these are often influenced by withdrawal symptoms and/or cravings. Medications may be used to help manage withdrawal symptoms and improve the patient’s comfort during detox.
  • Ongoing monitoring and lab tests: Our nurse monitors the patient’s blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and respiration rate. The nurse will also perform periodic lab tests. This information helps us build a clear picture of the patient’s progress to the drug detox process so that we can quickly adjust the detox plan to match the patient’s changing needs.
  • Post-detox opioid rehabilitation services: After the home detox program is complete, Concierge MD LA provides further at-home support services to fully address opioid use triggers, coping mechanisms, and psychiatric care to prevent relapse.

Concierge MD LA provides a full suite of home detox and addiction rehabilitation services for our patients. We customize every care plan to help patients achieve their addiction recovery goals with lasting results.

What is Considered an Opioid Addiction?

There are legal and illegal forms of opioids, all of which are highly addictive. Prescription opioids are medications that are used to treat pain. When prescribed responsibly and used as instructed, these medicines can be very effective at helping people manage pain. Illegal opioids, such as certain synthetics and heroin, are painkillers also associated with feelings of euphoria. Whether legal or illegal, opioid addiction happens when a person becomes dependent on the effects of the drug.

Opioid addiction can be dangerous. This is because people can build up a tolerance to the effects of opioids, leading a person to require increasingly higher doses to achieve the same effect. At a high enough dose, opioids can have serious consequences, such as an overdose and potentially death. According to the CDC, there are hundreds of opioid-related deaths (both prescription and illicit) every day.

The cravings and withdrawal symptoms that come with opioid detox can be challenging to overcome. Since the body has become dependent on the effects of the drugs, cutting back the amount or stopping the use of opioids can cause withdrawals. Withdrawals can begin anywhere between 12 – 30 hours of the last opioid use.

Opioid withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Teary eyes
  • Difficulty sleeping or Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Goosebumps
  • Nausea/vomiting

Although withdrawals from opioids are not life-threatening, medical management can help improve a patient’s comfort and chance of completing detox successfully. These withdrawal symptoms are one of the biggest factors in causing a patient to relapse (resume using drugs).

Regardless of the type of opioid a patient is addicted to, recovery from opioid addiction is possible. Medically managed opioid detox with Concierge MD LA ensures that detox is as safe and comfortable as possible for the patient and their family.

Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

It is not always easy to identify if a person has an addiction to an opioid. After all, prescription opioids are prescribed by doctors to treat pain. A change in a person’s normal habits is usually a sign that the person’s friends or family should take notice.

Signs a person may have an opioid addiction include:

  • When a person stops using opioids, they may experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings
  • A person regularly goes ‘doctor shopping’ – i.e. making appointments with many different doctors and getting painkiller prescriptions from each
  • A person asks for unused portions of other peoples’ opioid prescriptions
  • A person finds that they cannot stop using opioids despite trying to do so
  • A person starts to use another substance, such as an illicit opioid or other type of drug
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Preoccupation with obtaining or using opioids
  • A change in attendance of work, school, or other personal obligations
  • Withdrawal or changes in interest in typical activities, hobbies, and interests
  • Continued use of opioids despite potential career or personal consequences
  • A person takes larger amounts of an opioid than intended
  • A person uses prescription opioids for a longer amount of time than recommended by their doctor

An opioid substance use disorder use may be considered mild, moderate, or severe depending on how significantly drug use affects a person’s daily life.

Although prescription opioids can help patients manage pain, they can have many side effects. According to the CDC, these side effects include:

  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness and/or dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Low testosterone levels
  • Itching
  • Sweating
  • Tolerance (the need for a greater dose to achieve the same effect)

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