Opiate Habit Home Detox: Why Going It Alone Is Not A Good Idea

Opiate Habit Home Detox: Why Going It Alone Is Not A Good Idea

Every day of the year across America, countless people make a decision to get free of their opiate habit and get into an opiate detox program somewhere. This is a momentous, life-changing decision to survive and live again. The last thing an opiate addict or abuser wants to hear is that now they have to wait to get started on a detox program.

People who decide to get off opiates want to get off opiates right now!

When people have to wait for a bed at a local detox clinic or wait to get time off work or wait to put the money together for a medically supervised private detox clinic (the best detox idea), it can be just too much waiting altogether. The next thing you know up pops the idea of a self-detox or home detox – detoxing at home with no medical supervision to handle emergencies. It solves the “waiting” problem and seems convenient and inexpensive. In fact, the very opposite is likely the case.

Self-detox from opiates invites a lot of pain and likely failure

Self-detox or home detox from opiates is a risky idea. The main reasons involve a lot of unbearable pain and misery and some serious dangers. Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Lacrimation (tearing or crying)
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Yawning
  • Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
  • Restlessness
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Dilated (enlarged) pupils
  • Muscle and bone pain
If someone is not in good health to start with – chronically malnourished, not properly hydrated, underlying heart or other conditions – only medical monitoring during withdrawal offers a decent chance of completing detox or even staying alive. As an opiate addict can tell you, “cold turkey” opiate and opioid detox is extremely painful. The word “uncomfortable” is a vast understatement, even if someone is trying to “taper off” over time. The fact is, most people who try to detox from opiates on their own are unable to finish and are driven back to drug abuse. Without proper medical support, self-detox simply invites failure, or worse. Rather than consider self-detox or home detox, the best choice is a medical opiate detox. At Novus Medical Detox Center in Pasco County, Florida, advanced opiate/opioid medical detox protocols minimize or eliminate the excruciating pain of withdrawal.

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