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Addiction to heroin and opiate painkillers like OxyContin or Percocet is a life-changing medical disorder. Characterized by an intense withdrawal process that includes both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms, the process of stopping the use of any opiate drug when addiction is present can be daunting.
The good news is that there are a number of different options to help people navigate the process of opiate detox. In fact, in terms of treatment choices for different drugs of abuse, there are a host of options for people living with heroin addiction or painkiller addiction, more so than for other drugs of choice. Many of them are medication-based with the goal of making the detox process more comfortable and swift – but not everyone will find these methods useful, necessary, or desirable.
Is medication maintenance the best choice for you in opiate detox?
Vivitrol, methadone, and buprenorphine may all be potential choices for clients who are detoxing off an opiate drug. Each one is different in terms of rules for dispensation. Depending on the dose of the drug of choice at the time of detox as well as other factors, different medications may be more or less appropriate.
It is important to note that ultra rapid detox has been found to be ineffective and, in some cases, extremely dangerous depending on the method. If medications are to be used as a maintenance option, they should be administered under the care of a substance abuse treatment professional. Any program that advertises a sedated detox or a super quick detox and total freedom from addiction with no mention of the provision of therapeutic treatment of any kind should be avoided at all costs. Real recovery takes time, work, and patience. There is no cure, no silver bullet, and no magical medication that will make it all go away.
Depending on your past attempts at getting clean and sober, your current dose of your drug of choice, your co-occurring mental and physical health issues, and a number of other considerations, maintenance medications may or may not be appropriate in your case. Contact River Oaks today to speak to a counselor and learn more about the treatment options that are available so you can begin the process of determining the best course of action for your unique needs.