Overview of Opiates
The opioid epidemic has become a major problem in the United States and many other parts of the world. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reported that in a 12-month period ending on January 1, 2022, the United States had 107,375 overdose deaths.
A shocking 67% of those deaths were directly related to opiates and synthetic opiates (primarily fentanyl).
Signs & Effects of Opiate Abuse
With the number of opiate overdose deaths ravaging the country we call home, LA Valley Recovery believes it is important for those suffering from addiction along with their loved ones to be able to identify signs of abuse and withdrawal from opiates. It is common for users to be in denial about the level of powerlessness that comes with addiction. Being able to identify signs that point to withdrawal from abuse of opiates can help identify the depth of the issue at hand.
Families often ask the question, “How did I not see this coming?”. The truth is, addicts will adapt to hectic lifestyles and manipulate others to hide things better than you could ever imagine. Having knowledge of the early signs of abuse and withdrawal from opiates can be a tool to help identify these things earlier.
Signs Of Opiate Abuse & Withdrawal
There are two stages of signs that are common amongst those who are abusing opiates. There are early signs that can be overlooked if you do not know what you’re looking at. Some early signs and symptoms are:
● Slurred Speech
● Muscle Aches
● Runny Nose
● Consistent Yawning
● Excessive Sweating
Those suffering from opiate abuse can go into withdrawal within 12 hours of their last use. This typically happens when opiates have been abused for enough time to create a chemical dependency. At this point, there will be
some later signs and symptoms such as:
● Dilated Pupils
● Abdominal Cramping
● Rapid Heart Beat
● Blurry Vision
Identifying the signs and symptoms of abuse can allow the user to identify the severity of their addiction. Taking the leap of faith to admit to an inpatient treatment program at LA Valley Recovery is stressful and can be scary. Knowing the processes and procedures of our Opiate Detoxification Progam can shine a light on the possibilities for those suffering from addiction.
Our Opiate Detoxification Process
When we receive calls from those searching for detoxification, we start with our pre-screen process.
LA Valley Recovery has dedicated employees who are available 24/7 to conduct our pre-screen process. This allows us to gather information about substance use history, medical history, treatment history, and other important pieces of information in order to prepare the team at LA Valley Recovery to help you as best as possible.
Once the pre-screen is conducted, medical and clinical are updated, insurance information and benefits are confirmed, and an admission date is set, then the preparation for admission begins. The steps of detox vary between each individual, but there are some standard practices that can help paint a picture of what Opiate Detoxification will look like at LA Valley Recovery.
Upon arrival, each patient undergoes the admission and intake process, which includes the following:
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
Search Of Person/Belongings
Tour Of Facility
After these standard procedures are completed, the patient will then be seen by our Medical Director. At this time, the withdrawal symptom severity will be determined based on assessments made by our doctor. This will determine any changes that need to be made to the medication that will help reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Opiates typically use medications like Suboxone and Subutex are utilized during the withdrawal period, but due to the symptoms of Opiate withdrawal being non-fatal, the option to avoid any medication assistance is also an option.
Once medication regimens are discussed with the medical staff at LA Valley Recovery, we will then make sure our clients are fed, shown their living space, and made comfortable in any way we can. From here, You are on your way to a new life in recovery. The initial push to muster the courage to seek the help you need is the hardest part. After that, we use the skills of our employees and clinicians to create a treatment plan fitting your individual situation.