Do you need detox from opiates?
Short answer: Need may be an overstatement, but should you? Absolutely. If you’ve ever attempted to detox on your own, then you know the agony of opiate withdrawal. It’s a hellish three- to five-day process of physical agony that, while it may not kill you, will certainly make you wish it could.
So why put yourself through that? Yes, rehab is scary, and the idea of going through detox at the beginning of treatment may seem horrifying, but banish thoughts of detox as strapping you to a hospital bed while you thrash and sweat and scream out of your mind.
Your first stop through detox is known as Assessment and Orientation: Think of it as processing you into Cornerstone, where we’ll thoroughly go over with you what you’ve been using, how much, how often and for how long. We’ll give you a medical evaluation to determine your health status, and from those results, we’ll figure out what you need.
The short answer is usually always: Yes. You will need some form of detox, if only to separate you from the last use of your drug of choice, no matter how benign it may seem to you. (Trust us on this, we ask: We’ve been doing this for almost 30 years, so we’ve learned a thing or two about detoxification and withdrawal.)
The opiate family — which range from street drugs like heroin to prescription drugs like fentanyl, hydrocodone and oxycodone — quickly bind themselves to pleasure receptors in the brain, and within a short amount of time, they set up an expectation of reward that, if not met, can cause the onset of withdrawal symptoms within 8 to 12 hours of your last dose. Symptoms of withdrawal include dysphoria (a general dissatisfaction/unhappiness with everything in life), muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea, runny nose and eyes, sweats, restless leg syndrome, fever, insomnia and more. And while withdrawal from opiates is not typically considered a medical emergency, it’s often so agonizing that those suffering from it can be driven to self-harm or back to using just to make that discomfort stop.
At Cornerstone of Recovery, however, we offer detox from opiates in a safe, medically supervised setting. Our detox regimen includes around-the-clock medical supervision, medication to shorten the process and make it more tolerable and a safe environment that will make the process as comfortable as possible. A typical detox stay lasts 3 to 5 days, but some patients may require more (or even less). Afterward, we’ll help you transition into one of our treatment paths, and throughout that process, we’ll help you conquer the mental and emotional withdrawal from the drug.
Because those symptoms, we know from experience, last far longer than the physical ones. You’ll find support, however, not just from your peers — many of whom are going through the exact same opiate recovery journey that you are — but from your therapeutic staff members as well, many of whom have been through the very program you’ll be attending, come out the other side having found a new way of life and now want nothing more than to assure those who follow in their footsteps that recovery is indeed possible.
We make that assurance the first day you walk in the door. Let us here at Cornerstone of Recovery get you on the other side of opiate detox, so you can focus on your own new way of life.