Many individuals addicted to prescription opioids and heroin wonder if they need medical supervison when going through detox for substances such as Codeine, Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Methadone, Meperidine (Demerol), Fentanyl, Morphine, Oxycodone (Percocet or Oxycontin) and Heroin.
Although there are individuals who may have succeeded the detox process without entering a rehab facility, it is worth mentioning that detoxing from opioids with no medical oversight is not easy or safe. Opioid withdrawal symptoms are very uncomfortable and even life-threatening. There is a consensus among addiction treatment professionals that in order to safely and effectively detox from opioid drugs, detox must be performed under medical and clinical supervision at a licensed treatment facility experienced in this type of treatment. In a specialized detox center, individuals are properly evaluated, monitored to make sure they are physically and psychologically are stabilized and ready for the process. In addition when opioid detox is performed in an inpatient addiction treatment setting, recovering individuals are highly encouraged to attend inpatient treatment where psychological counseling and complementary therapeutic services are offered to structure and support a long lasting recovery.
Medical detox is relatively short and it provides the stepping stones for recovery, but relapse is common for individuals who do not follow a continuum of treatment for their opioid dependence. Since opioid addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease, with both physical and emotional side effects and symptoms, individuals seeking inpatient rehab should look for programs that offer comprehensive treatment for their addiction. Addiction treatment facilities offering comprehensive treatment programs not only provide medical detox but also individual and group counseling, educational addiction lectures, co-occurring mental health disorders treatment, family and individual therapy, support groups and detailed discharge planning at the end of an inpatient treatment stay.
Research shows that receiving treatment from addiction treatment centers that provide comprehensive treatment services that aim to heal the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the disease of addiction, increases the chances of long term sustainable recovery and greatly reduces relapse.
If you or someone you know needs medical opioid detox, we at Florida Center for Recovery are ready to help with proactive intervention and compassionate care in a healing environment. For more information call us at: 800-851-3291. You may also chat with us now, or fill out our contact form and we’ll get in touch with you. There’s no obligation and your call is completely confidential.