Opiate Detox Center
Led by the direction of board certified addictionologist, Dr. Akikur Reza Mohammad, M.D., Inspire Malibu provides a safe, supervised Opiate Detox Center environment for the sufferers of opiate addiction. As an early pioneer, Dr. Mohammad has forged an intensive program, with Inspire Malibu becoming the Opiate Rehab treatment center of choice for those looking to cope with and overcome opiate withdrawal symptoms. We offer a safe, monitored and carefully managed opioid withdrawal treatment do those suffering from addiction to this class of drugs.
The process of opiate detox can take 7 to 14 days depending upon a variety of individualized factors. Today, detox consists of giving the patient the exact amount of the drug known as Suboxone to help manage the withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is a safe medication which greatly eases withdrawal and reduces the cravings many opiate addicts experience. more about Suboxone
Opiate Addiction and Detox
Opioids act by attaching to specific proteins called opioid receptors, which are found in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract. When these compounds attach to certain receptors in the brain and spinal cord, they can effectively change the way a person experiences pain.
Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. Drugs of abuse alter the brain’s structure and function, resulting in changes that persist long after drug use has ceased. This may explain why drug abusers are at risk for relapse even after long periods of abstinence and despite the potentially devastating consequences. Withdrawal is also potentially dangerous and is dangerous if done without supervision.
No single treatment is appropriate for everyone. Matching treatment settings, interventions and services to an individual’s particular problems and needs is critical to his or her ultimate success in returning to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and society.
It is estimated that almost 10% of the U.S. population will abuse opiates at some point in their lives. With OxyContin and Heroin abuse rates on a steady incline in many areas of the country, you may be surprised at the sheer amount of people in your community currently abusing opiate based drugs. According to ABC news, there are now more deaths caused from the misuse of opiate based prescription pills then result from car accidents each year. Also, opiates are not just being abused by poor socioeconomic areas like drug addictions of the past, but is being widely used in some of the most economically affluent areas as well. Opiate addiction does not discriminate on the basis of class or color and can be rampant in your neighborhood without you having the slightest idea.
One of the main reasons why opiates are such an extremely addictive drug, is because of the profound impact they can have on your natural brain chemistry. After prolonged use, a user’s brain can become dependent on opiates and will no longer be able to adequately produce the natural pain relieving endorphins the body relies on. Without these naturally occurring pain relievers, the individual will suffer from constant and nagging pain, also known as opiate withdrawal syndrome.
What are Opiates?
Opiates are a class of drugs that include many prescription pain medications, along with some street drugs. Examples include Heroin, Oxycodone, Methadone, Hydrocodone, Codeine and other synthetic drugs. Opiate abuse is widespread in America, with prescription painkillers being the most abused drug in the classification. Heroin adds 150,000 new users annually, which further increases the population addicted to opiates and their harmful side effects.
The health consequences of opiate abuse are profound, affecting all major organ systems in the body. Long-term dependence and abuse changes endogenous opiate systems found in the body, as well as other systems, such as stress and sex hormones. Opiates also change brain structure, typically gray matter.
By affecting the body’s organs, abrupt withdrawal from opiates can trigger severe early stage symptoms that include chills, fever, profuse sweating, agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, increased tearing, insomnia, runny nose, yawning, elevated blood pressure and heart rates. Late stage symptoms can include abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, goose bumps and dilated pupils.
Since withdrawal can be an ordeal, it is one of the scariest aspects of opiate abuse rehab, actually inhibiting the addict from seeking help.
Inspire Malibu offers hope through the use of non 12-step science based therapeutic programs carefully crafted to assist the addict in treatment. By providing the most comfortable detox protocols in the country for opiate rehab, clients enjoy recovery rates not found at other treatment facilities.
Dr. Mohammad: A Leading Authority in Addiction and Recovery
Dr. A.R. Mohammad is a board-certified addictionologist and is a professor at USC where he teaches about addiction medicine. He strives to provide the safest and most comfortable addiction recovery at Inspire Malibu. He is a leading authority on opiate rehab and addiction treatment and has been honored numerous times for his dedication and providing outstanding care to his patients.
Opioid withdrawal used to be painful but at Malibu Horizon we make the process as comfortable as possible for our clients. Thanks to a wonderful new drug called “Suboxone”. Suboxone, also known as Subutex, is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Naloxone blocks the effects of opiates and Buprenorphine relieves withdrawal symptoms.
- SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- AMA – American Medical Association
- Wikipedia – Opiates