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Opiates are usually prescription pain medications such as codeine, Dilaudid, and tramadol. Because they are prescription medications, people don’t always understand the risks of taking them. An addiction can develop quickly, and people often need an opiate detox center to overcome withdrawal symptoms. Opiate withdrawal management is where recovery starts.

Opiate withdrawal management at Liberty Health Services means staying in a protected and luxurious environment until you fully detox. So if you or someone you love needs opiate detox, don’t wait another day to call us at 855.959.4521.

What Is an Opiate?

opiate withdrawalOpiates are naturally occurring opioids. The term opioid covers all substances, natural and synthetic, that bind to certain receptors in the brain. Opiates are opioids made from opium, a chemical that comes from poppy plants.

Many prescription painkillers are opiates, which is why dependence on these drugs can be difficult to understand. It is confusing the think that medication a doctor prescribes could lead to addiction.

How Do Opiates Work?

Opiates, and all opioids, bind to key receptors in the brain. These receptors trigger the release of chemicals that make you feel good as part of the brain’s reward system. This system encourages you to do things that are usually beneficial for you, such as exercise.

When you exercise, the brain releases a chemical that makes you feel good so that you will exercise again. The system backfires with opioids, though.

When opioids bind to these receptors, they trigger the release of that same chemical. That makes you want to use the drugs again. Over time, the brain associates the release of that ‘feel-good’ chemical with the use of the drug. It may even stop releasing it for other reasons, so the only way to experience that feeling is to retake the drug.

What Is Opiate Withdrawal?

Opiate use changes the way the brain functions. Stopping that use creates a chemical imbalance that causes unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects. That leads to withdrawal symptoms.

Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and mood changes
  • Racing heart rate
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle cramps

Those symptoms are the body’s attempt to balance the brain chemistry and continue until that chemical imbalance stabilizes.

What Is an Opiate Withdrawal Management Program?

An opiate withdrawal management program allows you to detox from the opioids, so you can enter a primary care addiction treatment program sober and ready to work towards recovery. The program uses a combination of medication, therapy, and comfort care to aid detox.

The medication helps manage the symptoms and cravings, while the therapy helps deal with some mental health issues associated with addiction.

What Is Opiate Withdrawal Management at Liberty Health Services Like?

Liberty Health Services offers drug detox in New Hampshire, as well as other services. We provide individualized treatment plans designed to meet the unique needs of each client. Our primary concern is your comfort as you detox.

The Liberty Health Services facility is nestled deep in the woods for maximum privacy. We offer luxurious amenities along with traditional detox care.

The treatment options at Liberty Health Services include:

  • Detox for opiates and other substances such as meth, cocaine, and alcohol
  • A small, 24-bed treatment center set in the woods for added privacy
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which provides a combination of medication and therapy for those with an opiate use disorder
  • Individual and family therapy to repair damaged relationships

Choose Liberty Health Services to Start Your Recovery

At Liberty Health Services, we provide detox and then work with our trusted partners to transfer you to a primary treatment program when you are already stable.

Addiction is a life-changing illness, but there is hope. Call us at 855.959.4521 or complete our online contact form to find out more about Liberty Health Services.