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Opiates Withdrawal
Rapid anesthesia detoxification involves infusion of intravenous medications that quickly remove the opioids from the opiate receptors in the body. These receptors are where all opioids attach, inducing the feeling of euphoria and pain relief.   It's proven. After the opiates withdrawal and the person is clean and the worst of withdrawal is over.

About 9% of the population is believed to misuse opiates over the course of their lifetime, including illegal drugs like heroin and prescribed pain medications such as Oxycontin. These drugs can cause physical dependence. This means that a person relies on the drug to prevent symptoms of withdrawal. Over time, greater amounts of the drug become necessary to produce the same effect.  The time it takes to become physically dependent varies with each individual.   When the drugs are stopped, the body needs time to recover, and withdrawal symptoms result. Withdrawal from opiates can occur whenever any chronic use is discontinued or reduced.  Some people even experience opiates withdrawal after being given such drugs for pain while in the hospital without realizing what is happening to them. They think they have the flu, and because they don't know that opiates would fix the problem, they don't crave the drugs.

Opiates withdrawal symptoms often occur after the discontinuation of opiate use once an addiction has developed. Opiate addiction is recognized as a central nervous system disorder caused by continuous opiate use. Extended opiate abuse leads to the nerve cells in the brain to stop functioning as they normally would and stop producing natural endorphins. Because the body is receiving opiates and is no longer producing endorphins, the nerve cells start to degenerate and cause an opiate addiction.

Sudden opiates withdrawal (quitting cold turkey) leads to a syndrome called opiate withdrawal syndrome. Opiate withdrawal syndrome is a long and painful process and can result in permanent damage to the cardiovascular system and the central nervous system. Untreated and unmonitored opiate withdrawal can result in death for unhealthy patients. For these reasons, opiate addiction requires appropriate and responsible medical care in a detox program.

It is difficult at best to detox from an opiate addiction without a drug detox program. The opiates withdrawal symptoms are too severe to go through on your own, which will often lead to a return to opiate addiction. A quality opiate detox program should be a medically based program complete with 24-hour nursing, 24-hour addiction treatment staff and a physician trained in addiction medicine. The vast majority of people entering an opiate detox program will require ongoing addiction treatment. Having the detox program located within the drug rehab allows for a seamless transfer into further addiction treatment. Opiate withdrawal symptoms are no joke and not to be taken lightly.