Opioid Detox in Laguna Beach

Soul Sanctuary was created to heal the souls of individuals at the depth of despair over their addiction to drugs and alcohol. We are a small residential rehab facility located in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA right on the ocean.

Opioid Addiction & Withdrawals

Opioids are used for prescription drug treatment to help with pain management or reduce anxiety. Due to its highly addictive qualities, including the euphoria achieved through large doses, there is a risk of developing opioid use disorder (OUD). Opioids target the brain’s nerve receptors; when used regularly over a long period, the brain’s chemicals will change and grow dependent on the drug to function correctly. At Soul Sanctuary, we provide opioid detoxification and treatment to help you end your drug abuse.

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Addiction to opioids is a rising epidemic within the United States. It is increasingly difficult for an addict to quit and dangerous to do so on their own. Withdrawal from opioids can cause painful symptoms, preventing those symptoms from occurring is often why addicts will relapse. Our Laguna Beach rehab  utilizes evidence-based practices, such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT), as part of our treatment programs. 

Opioid addiction is a chronic medical condition that causes long-term damage to the brain and body. The first step in treating this condition is for patients to go through the detoxification process.   

What is an Opioid Detox?

Detox is a process in which the body flushes out the opioids in its system in a safe and secure environment. The ultimate goal of opioid detox is to successfully sever the body’s dependency on the drug while minimizing the withdrawal’s uncomfortable effects.

Structured medical treatment facilities provide patients with round-the-clock monitoring by doctors and clinicians. Medical professionals can provide medication that is designed to ease the withdrawal symptoms. These medications can help reduce cravings and prevent relapse. 

Detox is a crucial first step in treating substance abuse. Patients will be unable to focus on the underlying causes of their addiction if they are still physically dependent on opioids. Once the body no longer suffers from cravings, a patient will have an easier transition into the next treatment phase.

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Physical Dependence

Opioid addiction affects nearly every aspect of the body. However, addiction is not the same as physical dependence. Physical dependency causes the body to rely on the opioid to function properly. As the body adjusts and adapts to the drug in its system, the dose will need to be continually increased to achieve the same effect as before. While physical dependence does not constitute addiction, it will often coincide with it.

Opioids Effect on the Brain

Opioids decrease the pain caused by traumatic injury or surgery. They are also useful for mental health in easing anxiety due to its ability to induce feelings of calm and euphoria. Opioids stimulate the opioid receptors in the brain, causing it to rewire and force the body to adapt. To continue receiving the same level of euphoria, the dose will have to be increased and taken more frequently to avoid withdrawal.

The effects that opioids produce in the body will fade within a few days or weeks after detox. However, it will take longer for the brain to revert back to its original functionality and continue craving the drug. It is because of this that continued treatment is so vital once detox has been completed.

The Opioid Detoxification Process

There are several ways to accomplish a successful opioid detox. However, each case is different and needs to be handled in a way that is best for the individual patient. Once the patient has been admitted into the treatment center, they will be assessed by a medical professional team. They will determine a treatment plan and a course of action for the detox phase; this will usually include the type of medication that will be most effective for the patient. Using medication, while simultaneously participating in behavioral therapies after the withdrawal period, has proven to be a beneficial form of treatment.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

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Opioid dependence can be challenging to overcome, not only because of its euphoric effects and ability to block pain; but because an addict wants to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal happens when the user will suddenly stop taking the drug. While the opioid is leaving the system, it can produce a multitude of symptoms depending on the severity of the drug addiction.

Withdrawal symptoms for opioids are usually not life-threatening; however, they will still cause discomfort, pain, and psychological distress. Some of the withdrawal symptoms an opioid addict could experience include:

The easiest way for an addict to avoid these symptoms is to continue using, creating an endless cycle of abuse. Using medication can help to abate the worst of the symptoms and prevent relapse. 

How Long Does Withdrawal Last?

The length of the withdrawal period is dependent on the severity of the addiction. However, most of the symptoms will fade after ten to fourteen days. A patient going through withdrawal will experience four stages:

Stage 1: Anticipatory

Anticipatory lasts three to four hours after the patient's last opioid dose. The patient usually experiences intense feelings of anxiety or fear in regards to upcoming withdrawal symptoms. They will also exhibit drug-seeking behavior.

Stage 2: Early Acute

Early Acute begins eight to ten hours after the last dose was taken, and the anxiety and restlessness from earlier will increase. Flu-like symptoms will start to occur, including vomiting, sweating, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Cravings for the opioids will still be persistent.

Stage 3: Fully-Developed Acute

Begins one to three days after the last dose and symptoms have peaked. Patients will experience the worst of the physical symptoms during this time, including body tremors, cramps, insomnia, and unstable blood pressure. The cravings will be at their worst during this time.

Stage 4: Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

The acute symptoms have stopped, but the patient will struggle with mood swings, cravings, anxiety, nightmares, irritable or agitated behavior, and depression. Patients can still be influenced by triggers that could lead to a relapse. The PAWS stage can last for up to a year.

Opioid Addiction Treatment at Soul Sanctuary

At Soul Sanctuary, we provide the best in-house care available. Patients can detox in a safe and secure facility that can meet their individualized needs. Our Laguna Beach rehab uses medication-assisted treatment to help ease the intense withdrawal symptoms. Through our detox program patients will be encouraged to remain in treatment for an extended period, increasing their chances of a successful recovery.

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Learn more about Soul Sanctuary’s detox program and how we can help you take the first step in overcoming your addiction.

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