Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms – Detox Rehab Program

Under the direction of board certified addictionologist, Dr. Akikur Reza Mohammad, M.D., Inspire Malibu provides a safe, supervised opiate detox center for patients who suffer from opiate addiction. As an early pioneer, Dr. Mohammad has forged an intensive program which has made Inspire Malibu the opiate rehab treatment center of choice for those looking to cope with and overcome opioid withdrawal symptoms. We offer a safe, monitored and carefully managed opioid withdrawal treatment to patients addicted to this class of drugs.

What are Opiates and Opioids?

TOpiates 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. Opioids are drugs that either contain or mimic the effects of morphine and opium. While opiates are a subcategory of opioids, in common use the two terms are often used interchangeably.


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Opiate Addiction and Detox

Opioids act by attaching to specific proteins called opioid receptors 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. This is useful in treatment of extreme pain, but opiates are habit-forming if misused and can lead to opiate addiction.



Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. Abused drugs alter the brain’s structure and function, resulting in changes that persist long after drug use has ceased. This explains why drug abusers are at risk for relapse even after long periods of abstinence and despite the potentially devastating consequences. Withdrawal can also be dangerous if done without supervision.
After prolonged use, a user’s brain can become dependent on opiates and will no longer be able to produce enough of 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.
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.

The Symptoms of Being in Withdrawal From Opiates

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. Opiate withdrawal is one of the scariest aspects of opiate rehab, often preventing the addict from seeking help.
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. The goal of opiate rehab treatment is returning to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and society. This philosophy guides all of our treatment methods at Inspire Malibu.
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 opiate detox protocols in the country for opiate rehab, clients enjoy recovery rates not found at other treatment facilities.

List of Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

  • chills
  • fever
  • sweating
  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • muscle aches
  • tearing
  • insomnia
  • runny nose
  • yawning
  • elevated blood pressure
  • evelvated heart rate


Suboxone helps manage opioid detox symptoms

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.
The process of opiate detox can take 7 to 14 days depending upon a variety of individualized factors. Today, opiate detox consists of giving the patient an exact amount of the drug known as Suboxone to help manage withdrawal symptoms, combined with psychiatric therapies to help the patient through the process. Suboxone is a safe medication that greatly eases withdrawal and reduces the cravings many opiate addicts experience.

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Dr. Mohammad: A Leading Authority in Addiction and Recovery

Dr. A.R. Mohammad is a board-certified addictionologist and a professor at the University of Southern California where he teaches 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.


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