GenPsych August 2018
GenPsych NJ Opiate Detox: Coping with Withdrawals
For those suffering from addiction, detox is the first step toward recovery. Coping with the withdrawal symptoms of detox, specifically from opiates such as heroin, can be incredibly difficult on the body. These symptoms, if not monitored by a medical professional, can cause significant pain and, in extreme cases, be fatal.
With the right guidance, you can break the cycle of addiction. The GenPsych Ambulatory Detox Program allows you to receive treatment immediately. Those who are struggling with addiction may want to stop using, but the fear of withdrawal gets in the way. Call 1-855-436-7792 or set up an appointment online for a medical assessment the same day. You will speak to central admissions to collect some information and arrange to pick you up in NJ. You will receive medication to assist you with withdrawal symptoms and be home the same evening. Find out more about our Ambulatory Detox Program.
What is Opiate Detox?
Opiate detox is the detoxification of drugs such as heroin, oxycodone (Percocet & oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and morphine. With the increasing prevalence of drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin, along with the continued recreational use of heroin, opiate addiction is the fastest-growing addiction issue nationwide. A significant component of this problem is that opiate addiction can develop quickly — in as few as one to two weeks — and people often become addicted even when they think they’re still in safe territory with their drug use. For an addiction lasting more than a month, users should seek medical treatment to help them get off the drug. Usually, this will involve a detox stage followed by long-term opiate replacement therapy with Suboxone or methadone.
Why Withdrawal Occurs during Opiate Detox
Most individuals who abuse opiate drugs, such as heroin, do so to reap its euphoric effects. Opiates are designed to replicate the natural brain processes that restrict pain and increase pleasure and made from chemicals the brain naturally produces, such as dopamine. When someone uses these drugs continuously in high doses over time, the body develops a tolerance to its effects. The consistent intake of these pleasure-enhancing chemicals causes the brain to decrease natural production. The body becomes dependent on the habit of heroin abuse to function correctly.
Coping with Withdrawal Symptoms from Opiate Detox
While going through opiate detox at a medical facility, doctors will provide both supportive care and medication to help deal with withdrawal symptoms. Medicines used to ease withdrawal symptoms include clonidine and buprenorphine (Subutex). Other treatment methods for opiate detox may be rapid opiate detox or detox under anesthesia; there are significant risks involved in this method, so it is only for extreme cases. A treatment called long-term maintenance may also be used to reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
At GenPsych, our Ambulatory Detox Program helps individuals cope with the withdrawal symptoms of opiate detox. As an outpatient facility, GenPsych will provide transportation to and from our detox program. This will help those struggling with addiction to receive medication and support during the day and return to their normal lives the same evening. Opiate detox is difficult and painful, and no one should have to go through it alone. More information on GenPsych’s Ambulatory Detox Program or to begin your path to recovery.
About GenPsych’s NJ Ambulatory Detox Program The GenPsych Ambulatory Detox Program offers a unique opportunity for individuals suffering from chemical dependency. Our clients can safely and comfortably detox with the assistance of medication and the care of our medical team. They are also offered therapeutic programming to learn more about their addiction, as well as relapse prevention skills to help manage and sustain their recovery. Our educated, experienced and compassionate staff provides support and understanding as individuals enter this initial stage of treatment. Our professionals have the knowledge and ability to engage and motivate clients during this challenging stage of the journey of recovery. This program allows clients to immediately apply the skills they learn and return to their home environment nightly, which is where they will be able to implement their new skills.
What to expect when scheduling an assessment When you call 1-855-436-7792, you will reach one of our staff in central admissions. They will collect your information and schedule an appointment and transportation to and from our facility that same day. If you call after 5 PM, please press option 2 for Detox appointments. This will redirect you to our 24/7 admissions line to speak with an after hours representative. A nurse from our program will contact you to gather any relevant medical information (medical history, the substance used, last use, etc…). They will answer any questions you have and discuss the types of medications used to assist you with withdrawal symptoms. Transportation will pick you at your scheduled appointment from anywhere in New Jersey and transport you to our facility. Upon arriving at our facility, you will be assessed and immediately provided with medication to assist you with withdrawal symptoms.
Hours of operation: Our program is open every day. Program hours from Monday through Friday are 8 am to 5 pm, and weekend hours are 8 am to 2 pm. Clients are initially screened for appropriateness by our nursing staff. Upon admission to the program, an individualized but safe and conservative detox protocol is used to ensure the medical safety and comfort of each client. It is our goal that each client has a comfortable and therapeutic experience, and is ready to move on to the next phase of their recovery.
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