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Opiate/Opioid Withdrawal and Detox


Novus Medical Detox: A Safe and More Comfortable Opiate/Opioid Detox. Average Time is 7 to 14 Days!

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Why is Detox Different at Novus?

Novus has specialized in making the detox process as pain free as possible. We have experienced medical staff and counselors that know that everyone’s DNA and metabolism is different. At least part of the reason that you or your loved one first became dependent on alcohol or drugs is due to this fact.

Therefore, each person that comes to Novus Medical Detox for help is put on an individual program, designed and administered just for them, based on the amount of drug usage, our knowledge of metabolism and their reactions to each step of the detox. We also combine this personalized detox approach with a vitamin and nutritional regimen that will help rebuild the body as you or your loved one safely withdraws.

If getting hooked on alcohol, or street drugs, or prescription drugs is ruining your life, your friend’s or your family, we can help.

At Novus you or your loved one can expect:

  • Privacy and Confidentiality, with Individual Private or Shared Rooms
  • To be Treated by Experienced and Caring Staff 24 hours a Day
  • Medically Supervised by Experts through every step of the detox
  • A Personalized Detox to Keep you Comfortable based on your individual metabolism
  • Available Personal One-on-One Support Counseling with Staff who know what it’s like from personal experience
  • Nutritional protocol that rebuilds your body
  • You leave Novus — usually within one to two weeks, safely withdrawn from the drug or alcohol and not taking any new drugs

At Novus Medical Detox Center, more and more patients are arriving who need help with opiate and opioid withdrawal.

“Cold turkey” opiate and opioid detox is extremely painful and uncomfortable, and can even be medically dangerous. Many have attempted to withdraw on their own, but were unable to finish and were driven back to taking the drugs.

At Novus, we have pioneered advanced opiate / opioid medical detox protocols, which make withdrawal faster, safer and much more comfortable.

From One of Our Patients: “Opiate addiction is a living nightmare…. Years on Suboxone had no therapeutic effect, so Methadone maintenance was the next option. It was a hell and prison. I lost my will to live, my family was watching me starve and die. Now Novus has released me from my prison. I can live again and breathe freely. I can revive my dreams now, the way Novus revived me. Thank you so much!”

There is hope for a new life.Call to speak to one of our experienced & caring detox advisors today!

Dependent vs. Addicted to Opiates and Opioids

The term dependent is used to describe the phenomenon of a person who has been taking narcotic painkillers and experiences withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop taking the drugs. People can become dependent because they were given painkillers but took them for too long a period, and often these people may not need to go for further treatment because they are not addicted.

The term addicted is used when a person continues taking the narcotic painkillers not just because they fear the pain of withdrawal, which they will experience if they quit taking them, but because of the way the painkillers make them feel. Many describe this as a feeling of euphoria, and the addicted person may still have pain but primarily now craves the feeling and will do anything to obtain the painkillers.

If the addicted person does not receive further treatment after a medical detox, most studies estimate that only five percent will not get back on the painkillers.

Of course, if a person has a work-related injury and the pain is still there after they have successfully withdrawn from the painkillers, it is important that alternative non-narcotic methods of dealing with the pain are used. Otherwise, they will be driven to resume the use of narcotics.

Many of our patients who were injured and still had pain after their withdrawal have experienced relief from therapists and non-drug pain management doctors. We regularly work with some very good ones and send our patients to see them. Some patients state that they are now “pain-free” while others just say that it provided them with real relief and greatly lessened their pain.

Opiate vs. Opioid — What Is The Difference?

Opiate refers to drugs derived from the opium plant. Some examples of opiates are morphine and codeine. Heroin is made from the opium plant.

An opioid is a synthetic chemical substance made by the drug companies that has similar action in the body as that of opiates. Examples of opioids are: methadone, Percodan/Percocet, Lorcet, Lortab, Demerol, Vicodin, OxyContin, Suboxone, Subutex and Dilaudid.

Endorphins as Pain Blockers

The human body produces endorphins, natural hormones that the body uses to block pain signals from the nervous system which relieves pain. The word “endorphin” was created by combining endogenous (something originating in an organism) and morphine. Endorphins are protein molecules that bind with receptors located in your brain, spinal cord, and other nerve endings.

Everyone wants to experience pleasure and not feel pain. This is normal. The endorphins increase the feeling of pleasure or at least a feeling of relief from pain.

Endorphins are naturally produced by a variety of activities such as running, swimming, cycling, skiing, deep breathing, and even laughter. Because of our different DNA and metabolisms, the amount of endorphins produced by us and what activity is required for their production varies. For some people, they may start to feel “high” after exercising for ten minutes, but others may not get a similar feeling until they have exercised for 20 minutes or even longer.

Narcotic painkiller receptors are molecules on the surfaces of cells to which the narcotic painkillers attach and activate the receptors to produce endorphins. Different types of narcotic painkiller receptors are present in the brain. The receptor most relevant to narcotic painkillers has been named the “mu” receptor. (Receptors were named with the first letter of the substance found to bind with them. Morphine was the first substance so they named it M but then changed it to Mu which is the 12th letter of the Greek alphabet.)

It is now believed that through activation of the mu receptor, painkillers exert their analgesic and addictive effects and their feelings of euphoria. The roles of other types of opioid receptors in the brain (that is, non-mu opioid receptors, e.g. the kappa receptors) in the addictive process are not as well-defined.

There is hope for a new life.Call to speak to one of our experienced & caring detox advisors today!

The Opiate/Opioid Withdrawal Procedure

If operated properly, a medical detox facility can greatly ease the discomfort of withdrawal from narcotic painkillers.


At Novus we recognize that each of us has different DNA and that our metabolisms are not the same. We know that all narcotic painkillers and most everything else we eat and drink are metabolized through the P450 pathway in the liver. We know that most narcotic painkillers are metabolized with the CYP2D6 enzyme.

We know that as many as 10% of the population doesn’t even have this enzyme. We also know that as many as 50% of the population metabolize these painkillers either more slowly than others or faster than normal. We also know that the painkillers are substitutes for the body’s natural activities. For example, the painkillers stimulate the receptors to produce more endorphins. Most people produce less of their own endorphins while taking these painkillers.

Part of the withdrawal process is the time it takes the patient to again produce endorphins naturally, which is dictated by the individual’s DNA and is something which we carefully monitor.

We know that people withdraw from all drugs differently, and we modify our withdrawal protocols for each person.


Between 60% and 70% of our body is composed of water. All of our organs are composed of cells which are largely fluid. At Novus we find that most of our patients who are dependent or addicted to painkillers are dehydrated and are suffering from vitamin deficiencies. We ensure that our patients are hydrated properly and this, along with individually designed withdrawal protocols, is a major reason that our patients, who have detoxed before, comment that their Novus detox was not only much faster but much more comfortable.


One of the medications that Novus uses is buprenorphineb, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002. Only doctors, like our Medical Director, approved by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a department in the United States Department of Health and Human Services, are allowed to dispense buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is an opioid that triggers a response in the body similar to the response triggered by heroin, oxycodone, and morphine.

However, unlike heroin, OxyContin® and other frequently abused narcotic painkillers, buprenorphine increases endorphin production only to a certain point and then no longer adds to the effect no matter how large the dose.

Our Medical Director has formulated a proprietary buprenorphine compound which includes additional ingredients that ensure a more comfortable withdrawal and is part of the research Novus has done to fulfill our mission to deliver the safest, most effective detox available.

The medical staff must determine when the opiate-addicted individual is ready for the first dose of this proprietary buprenorphine to be administered. Here is the reason. If someone who is dependent/addicted to painkillers is not in withdrawal, this means that the painkillers are still activating the receptors in the brain and causing it to produce endorphins.

If you were to take buprenorphine at this time it would go to the brain, seek out the painkillers that were producing a certain amount of endorphins, expel them from the receptors and activate the receptors but to a much lower degree than the painkillers. This results in a drastic drop in endorphin production and is like falling from the tenth floor to the fourth floor. This drop in endorphins is what starts the withdrawal.

The Result of the Novus Withdrawal Protocol

At Novus, using hydration, natural supplements, good food and a withdrawal protocol designed specifically for each person’s individual metabolism, we ensure that the buprenorphine dose is properly tapered so that the person’s natural production of endorphins increases as the buprenorphine is tapered down. Our patients experience a much milder and more comfortable withdrawal than at other medical detox centers. When they leave Novus Medical Detox Center, they are off all unnecessary drugs.

If a patient is dependent only and if we are able to help them address any remaining pain, then the patient will likely be able to resume their life without narcotic painkillers. If a patient is addicted, then detox is only the first step. 95% of the addicted people who don’t get further treatment resume taking their addicted substance or one like it.

There is hope for a new life. Call to speak to one of our experienced & caring detox advisors today!

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