Do You Need Opoid Detox?

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Audrey Grimm, PMHNP-BC

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Sequoia Recovery Centers

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Audrey Grimm is one of Sequoia’s original founders and Chief Executive Officer. Audrey has spent her career working in behavioral health. She has over 10 years of nursing experience, half of that working in inpatient psychiatric and detox facilities. She graduated as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2023. 

In the past year, 10.1 million people reportedly misused prescription opioids. Opioids are a type of drug that refer to the opiate family; both codeine and morphine are part of the opiate family. Opioid addiction is scary. In the past ten years, overdose deaths from opioid abuse have gotten a lot of press. From mainstream media to social media, platforms have covered the widespread problem affecting over 1.6 million Americans, who have a reported opioid use disorder. What are Opioids, what are the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, and do I need opioid detox? 

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What Are Opioids

Opioids are class of drugs that include:

  • Heroin
  • Fentanyl
  • OxyCodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Codeine
  • Morphine

Opioids work by attaching to opiate receptors in the brain. They release endorphins that send pain-relieving signals, both physical and emotional, throughout the body. The body is not able to recognize the difference between hydrocodone(a commonly prescribed narcotic pain killer), and its more potent relative, Morphine. They vary in strength but fall in the same opiate family. This is why many opiate users progress into heroin and fentanyl. Taking opioid medications on a regular basis can lead to physical dependency. Physical dependency can happen in as little as five days, and even less time than that to an opiate addict. If you think you’re physically dependent on opioids, take the opioid detox test now.


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Why Are Opioids So Addictive?

Opioids produce profound feelings of euphoria and contentment. They are able to alleviate both physical and psychological pain. Many times opioids can be prescribed for extended periods of time. This can increase the chances of physical dependence and addiction. The consequences of going through opioid withdrawal keeps many opioid users from opioid detox. For some who experience the powerful euphoric pleasure that is experienced from opioids, it is enough to warrant repeated use. 

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What are the Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal?

The horrors of opioid withdrawal have not been exaggerated. Physical dependence to opioids is what keeps most addicted to the drug. Withdrawal symptoms can present themselves in as little as 8-24 hours after a person’s last use. Typically, withdrawal from opioids lasts anywhere from 4-10 days. Opioid withdrawal symptoms include; nausea, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, hot and cold flashes, sweating, muscle cramps, dehydration, tearing of the eyes, runny nose, and diarrhea. Most users will need a medical detox from opioids since opioid withdrawal can be overwhelming and intense. An Opioid detox quiz can help you understand if you need further assessment.

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What are the Signs I Need an Opioid Detox Program?

An opioid detox quiz can help gather information necessary to understand how you as an individual can best be treated. The more information gathered, the better understanding a physician can have of your needs as a patient and individual. An Opioid Detox Assessment is a great way to understand and treat someone. An opioid detox test can be taken to determine if further treatment is necessary and what that might look like. Treatment for opioid dependence and opioid withdrawal is often necessary. An opioid detox assessment can help determine what actions may be necessary to treat opioid withdrawal.

Heroin addiction can interfere with every aspect of someone’s life and quite often is fatal. Relationships with family, friends, and employers become strained. The problem becomes more than the user can manage, seemingly crushing them under its magnitude. It is common for many to have failed attempts at quitting opioids. This is because the addiction is in the mind. It is hard to combat an addicted brain with that same brain. Anyone who uses opioids is at risk for fatal overdose. A medical detox for opioids is necessary to save the opioid addict. There are medical professionals available to help you. They will usually prescribe medications to help you get through opioid withdrawal. You are not alone. Please give us a call today to learn about our opiate detox program in Spokane.