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Opioid Treatment Program offered at Novus Detox – An Effective Residential Drug Treatment Program
The Opiate and Opioid Treatment Program at Novus Medical Detox is designed to get you clean, and help you stay clean.
Many people with an opiate addiction are just average, run of the mill people that sought help for a painful injury, not knowing that sometimes the cure can be worse than the condition itself. The problem they face is pharmaceutical addiction. The use of drugs to treat pain. They were put on opiates or opioids to rid themselves of pain, and as a side effect, developed an opiate addition.
The word opiate refers to drugs like morphine, codeine and heroin that are made from the opium plant. An opioid is a manmade chemical substance developed by drug companies that causes a similar reaction in the body as that of opiates. Some well known opioids are methadone, Percodan/Percocet, Lorcet, Lortab, Demerol, Vicodin, OxyContin, Suboxone, Subutex and Dilaudid. These drugs are commonly prescribed in the treatment of pain caused by injury. While they are effective in controlling pain, they regularly turn ordinary people into substance abusers, either dependant or addicted to them for long periods of time. An opiate addiction can be very difficult to overcome, and opiate withdrawal symptoms can be quite painful to deal with as well.
The human body produces endorphins, natural hormones that the body uses to block pain signals from the nervous system to relieve pain naturally. But narcotic painkiller receptors are molecules on the surfaces of cells to which 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. It is believed that through activation of the mu receptor, painkillers exert their analgesic and addictive effects and their feelings of euphoria. The problem is, the opiates that activate these endorphins are highly addictive, and difficult and painful to detox from. At Novus, we can greatly ease the discomfort of opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Part of the substance abuse 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. People withdraw from all drugs differently, so we tailor our withdrawal protocols for each individual person. For example, most of our patients who are dependent or addicted to painkillers are dehydrated and suffering from vitamin deficiencies. We ensure that our patients are hydrated properly. This, coupled with our individualized substance abuse programs, is a major reason that our patients who have tried other detox programs and failed to stay clean have said that Novus detox was not only faster, but much more comfortable than what they tried before.
As another part of our opiate addiction treatment, we use Suboxone®, which was approved by the FDA in 2002 and is administered in tablet form. Suboxone® contains buprenorphine, 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 staff must determine when the opiate-addicted individual is ready for the first dose of Suboxone® to be administered. 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 Suboxone® at this time it would cause a drastic drop in endorphin production from the opiate painkillers, and start a hard and painful withdrawal very quickly. When treated after the onset of withdrawal symptoms, Suboxone® will bridge the gap, and help to wean the patient off the opiates gradually.
At Novus, using hydration, natural supplements, good food and a withdrawal protocol designed specifically for each person, we ensure that the Suboxone® dose is properly tapered so that the person’s natural production of endorphins increases as the Suboxone® is tapered down. Our patients experience a much milder and more comfortable withdrawal than at many other medical detox centers. When they leave Novus Medical Detox Center, they are usually off all unnecessary drugs.
It must be noted that if a patient is dependent only, and if we are able to help them address any remaining pain through outside physical rehab and natural remedies, then the patient will likely be able to resume their life without resuming the use of opiate or opioid painkillers. But if a patient is truly addicted, then medical detox is only the first step. Unfortunately, 95% of addicted people who don’t get further outside treatment will resume their substance abuse addiction to painkillers.
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