If you are addicted to opioid painkillers, the thought of going through detox may be one of the things keeping you tied to your addiction.
This is true whether your drug of choice is a synthetic opioid product such as oxycodone, hydrocodone or methadone, or a prescription drug including Oxycontin, Vicodin, Dilaudid or morphine. Same goes with heroin.
Detox occurs when a person decreases the amount of or completely stops taking a drug.
The result are a slew of unpleasant physical and emotional systems associated with withdrawal. Your body is recognizing it is not getting the same level of drug it once relied on and is now trying to copy with the change. Detox is more severe if the opioid use was active for a long while.
Although, truth be told, with opioids, it doesn’t take long to become addicted to the point where the body will experience withdrawal symptoms when the drugs are stopped. This is because many systems in the human body are impacted by opioid use. The more you’ve taken over time, the longer it takes for the body to adjust. your body are altered when you take large amounts of opioids for a long time. Withdrawal effects will likely continue until you no longer having opioids in your system.
Opioid withdrawal can be categorized as severe, moderately severe, moderate or mild. Even mild opioid withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant.
Medication-Assisted Treatment Doesn’t Cause Harsh Withdrawal Symptoms
MAT is considered the gold standard of opioid addiction treatment. MAT works — and without horrible side effects normally associated with detox.. Patients in Medication-Assisted Treatment take an FDA-approved medication, Suboxone, and undergo behavioral counseling.
Many people turn their noses up at MAT because they say it is simply swapping one drug with another. Technically, an addict entering MAT will stop taking the opioids and begin the highly recommended and extremely safe alternative Suboxone. However, according to Jahan Chaudhry, MD, and founder of the Long Island Compassionate Medical Center, MAT offers a completely different type of detox.
“Opioids act on certain receptors in your body to numb the pain,” he explained. “After a while, you are addicted and need the drug as much for pain as you do for feeding your addiction.”
“With MAT, you are taking a medication that acts on the same receptors in a much less harmful manner. You can quickly recover from your addiction while your pain is still being managed.”
Make no mistake about it, Dr. Chaudhry added, MAT is not a quick detox fix.
“This is a gradual detox. It gets you off the opioids right away and you start feeling normal within 48 hours. Quick detox plans result in relapse” he said. “MAT offers long-lasting recovery from addiction to opioid painkillers.”
For more information about Dr. Chaudhry’s medical practice, his pain relief center or Medication -Assisted Treatment, call 631-588-4888 today.