Suboxone Detox Centers
America’s Opiate Addiction
The addiction to opiates including heroin, morphine and powerful prescription pills like oxycontin and vicodin is quickly becoming an epidemic in many parts of the country. While heroin was wildly popular in the middle to late 1970’s, usage rates dropped dramatically over the last 30 years. However, in the last 5 years alone not only has heroin usage risen exponentially, especially among teens and young adults, but usage of other opiates like oxycontin and vicodin have hit record levels. Because these drugs have similar effects when injected, many users today are substituting heroin for oxycontin, when it’s available, or vice versa. This recent outbreak shows no sign of stopping anytime soon and experts estimate America’s opiate problem is only going to get worse in the near future.
One of the most dangerous things about opiates, even legal, over the counter prescription painkillers, is their high level of addiction and dependency. This is why most doctors will not prescribe oxycontin or vicodin to a patient over the long term because of its highly addictive nature. Thousands of Americans, even those with no prior drug history, become addicted to over the counter painkillers every year, and become physically and psychologically dependent to the drug. This is because of these drugs strong addictive nature and the way the body copes with synthetic opiates.
A normal body produces pain relief through pain receptors in the brain. What opiates do is they increase this activity in these areas of the brain, thus producing more pain relief throughout the body. The only problem is, as the individual takes more and more opiates over a long period of time, the body begins to become dependent on these opiates for pain relief and stops producing them naturally the way it once did. Once the individual abruptly stops using opiates, the body is not ready for it, and painful withdrawal symptoms are likely to set in.
Opiate withdrawal symptoms include depression, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, flu-like symptoms, insomnia, constant sweating, diarrhea, excessive yawning, muscle and bone pain. Because these symptoms can often be extremely painful and severe, someone addicted to opiates will often continue taking the drug just to avoid these symptoms altogether. This creates a destructive cycle that often seems to have no end or any solution.
Suboxone Detox Centers
While many feel hopeless in fighting their opiate addiction there is still help out there. And one of these options is a Suboxone Treatment Center or Suboxone Detox Centers. Suboxone is an opiate detox pain medication that is considered to be a safer and less addictive alternative to methadone. Suboxone works by helping to relieve withdrawal symptoms the patient might be having while working to detox the body of any remaining opiates. This gives patients a fresh new start and gets them through the hardest stages of breaking an opiate addiction. Once the body is fully detoxed, the patient will begin corrective drug counseling and therapy programs that will deal with their addiction over the long term.