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Prescription opiates can ruin lives, and they frequently serve as a gateway drug into illegal drugs, such as heroin. If you or someone you love is struggling with opiate abuse or addiction, DARS can help.
Opiates, such as the prescription drug Oxycontin, are among the most difficult drugs to quit, due to the extreme physical discomfort that occurs when trying to stop cold turkey. The addiction can be conquered, but the process is much easier with a caring, licensed and experienced opiate detox facility.
According to ABC News, there are now more deaths from prescription drug abuse than car accidents. Millions of Americans are prescribed opiates by their doctor to ease legitimate pain or treat medical conditions, only to fall prey to opiate addiction. Many others become addiction without ever actually needing them, often underestimating opiate’s addictive qualities and potential for overdose.
Opiate withdrawal can result in intense and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, which include:
Without professional medical help, these symptoms can be overwhelming. For those with severe addiction, unsupervised detox is even more dangerous. Intense, flu-like symptoms also include running nose, watery eyes and vomiting. Medical supervision is extremely important during opiate detox, as medically-administered drugs must be provided.
Detox is not a cure for opiate addiction, and it must be followed by comprehensive drug rehab that addresses the root causes of addiction. Counseling and group therapy play important roles in this process, as well as comprehensive assessments, holistic services, family support and aftercare.
Call DARS today to learn more about our opiate detox programs, and begin on the road to recovery today.