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What Is the Correct Opiate Detox Protocol?

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Opiate detox can be overwhelming. Today, the United States is in an opiate crisis. Whether someone is living with opiate or synthetic opioid addiction, opiates can be impossible to quit using at home. An opiate detox center is the safest and most effective way to detox, prevent relapse, and lower the rate of opiate overdose and date.

If you or someone you love is struggling with opiate detox at home, call La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center today. Our Hollywood Los Angeles clinic provides safe and inclusive opiate detox for the LGBTQ community. Call us at 888.903.9898 to learn more about our opiate detox programs.

Why Are Opiates So Hard to Quit?

Opiates are made from opium. Opium comes from the opium poppy and has been used for centuries for its euphoric and pain-killing effects. Today, the opium poppy is used to make natural opiates and semi or fully synthetic opioids. In the bloodstream, these drugs convert to simple opiates like morphine to provide pain relief. For many people, this relief is emotional, psychological, and physical.

Opiates change the brain. By inhibiting pain receptors, the body stops feeling pain. At the same time, opiates provide the brain with a rush of dopamine. This can cause a “dopamine reward” effect, leaving someone wanting more dopamine once opiates have left the body. Opiate highs are short-lived, which further contributes to their addictive nature. While all addictive substances lead to withdrawal, opiate withdrawal is especially difficult. Often called “dope sickness,” opiate withdrawal is physically, emotionally, and mentally painful. During dope sickness, willpower is not enough to stop someone from using. Opiate cravings can continue for months after someone has detoxed. Medically assisted detox can ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of reuse.

Treating Opiate Addiction With Comprehensive Detox

If a person suddenly stops taking opiates, they will go into withdrawal. Withdrawal is not only painful, but it’s also dangerous. Proper opiate detox can mitigate these symptoms and help keep clients healthy. Detox usually begins with a week-long initial detox for those in residential treatment. Those in outpatient detox may immediately begin using Suboxone or methadone. These drugs allow clients to sleep at home and visit the clinic for doses. Suboxone and methadone are prescription opioids that cut cravings, reduce the risk of reuse, and help people slowly reduce their opiate intake. Unlike quitting cold turkey, medically assisted detox ween’s clients off of opiates. This is often one of the most successful methods for opiate detox and recovery.

A comprehensive opiate detox focuses on medically assisted detox alongside psychological services. Dual diagnosis has become standard in opiate detox. During this time, therapists determine whether clients have underlying mood disorders and unprocessed trauma contributing to their addiction. Many people begin using opiates to self-medicate and soothe unresolved trauma and untreated anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders.

Behavioral therapy is now standard in opiate detox. Often paired with alternative therapies like art, music, dance, or meditation therapy, behavioral therapy helps clients manage, change, and understand their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. During detox, therapeutic support is essential. Clients feel less alone and know their symptoms are manageable while working with therapists.

LGBTQ Opiate Detox Center in Southern California

Unfortunately, the LGBTQ community is disproportionately affected by opiate addiction. Prejudice, bigotry, and a lack of access to safe physical and mental healthcare cause many people in the community to self-medicate. At La Fuente, we believe in treating the community where we live. That’s why we specialize in inpatient and outpatient opiate detox and recovery for the greater Los Angeles LGBTQ community. With a range of therapies and program options, our clients enjoy cutting-edge addiction care alongside individual, group, and family therapy to strengthen the LGBTQ community.

Start Opiate Detox Now at La Fuente Hollywood Detox Center

Call us now to learn more about our opiate detox program and other services serving the Los Angeles LGBTQ community. Reach us now at 888.903.9898 to get started.