As people fight to free themselves of their addiction, they find that one of the toughest obstacles that they face is withdrawal. When it comes to discomfort, pain and intensity associated with withdrawal, opiate withdrawal sits at the top of the list. In fact, the pain and discomfort associated with opiate withdrawal are the number top causes of early relapse. The user simply reverts back to using to escape the pain and discomfort of withdrawal, and without the proper assistance, users can find themselves perpetually fighting through this cycle.
An opiate is any of a number of drugs that are derived from opium, with the most popular member of the opiate family being heroin; however, opiates have a strong reputation in the pharmaceutical industry, with a number of prescription medications falling within the opioid category, including:
Prescription opiates are primarily used as painkillers; however, opiates are one of the most abused prescription drugs on the market, leading to an exceptionally high number of people being addicted to this drug. The unforgiving nature of this drug almost always requires the person to participate in a recovery program, and the physical symptoms of withdrawal from opiates are so intense that it certainly demands a medical detox to improve the chance of success.
Withdrawal symptoms are actually the result of the body demanding the drug in question. The manner in which the body demands the drug is by causing feelings of discomfort and eventually pain that will motivate the person to use the drug. The discomfort and pain that is experienced during this time are known as withdrawal symptoms.
What causes the body to demand the drug? When a person uses a drug, the drug alters the chemistry of the brain. The more frequent the use and the more potent the drug, the more intense the chemical change and the addiction will be. Once the body determines that this new chemical makeup is its normal chemistry, it will begin to demand the substance that creates that particular chemistry. As long as the person continues to take the drug as the brain and the body demands, there will be no major issues as far as discomfort is concerned; however, when the user stops using or drastically reduces use, their body responds by firing a warning shot in the form of minor pain and discomfort. If the person still refuses the use, the body intensifies its demand. Because of the potency of opiates, the demands from the brain and body can become extremely intense before they finally begin to subside. The most effective methodology for dealing with these intense feelings of pain and discomfort is to undergo a medical detox, which will allow doctors to use a number of different medications to help ease the symptoms of withdrawal.
Due to the fact that opiate withdrawal is so intense, and that it can possibly lead to some very serious medical complications, it is not a good idea to attempt to detox at home. Additionally, detoxing at home does not have a high success rate at all. The pain and discomfort is too much for most people to get through on their own. A pain that intense along with easy access to the drugs in the uncontrolled environment of the home usually equals early relapse; however, opiate withdrawal can be effectively managed through a well-designed recovery program.
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