Whether it arises from recreational or prescribed use of painkilling drugs, opiate addiction is difficult to beat. We understand that many drug abusers do not want to continue using drugs. Several factors keep the addiction going, and one of these is the inevitable withdrawal symptoms that come with quitting.
Opiate drugs such as codeine, heroin, morphine, OxyContin, and Vicodin affect the nervous system, which comes to depend on regular doses of these drugs to function normally. When a user suddenly stops taking the drugs, the body reacts severely. Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Muscle spasms or pain.
These symptoms can last up to two weeks, clearly affecting a recovering addict’s ability to work and live normally. Detoxing from drugs without professional assistance is a herculean feat.
Medically supervised detoxification
By replacing the abused drug with a prescription substitute, the body can tolerate withdrawal far more easily. Medications such as Subutex (buprenorphine) and Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) help an addict’s body gradually adjust to a drug-free lifestyle.
Suboxone and Subutex vs. methadone
Methadone is practically a household word, whereas Suboxone is lesser known. Suboxone has many advantages over methadone, as the former:
- Can be dispensed as a regular prescription—no daily visits to a clinic.
- Makes overdoses of street drugs less likely.
- Has a low potential for addiction.
In addition to the prescription drug therapy, Dr. Singer uses a variety of other approaches to ease the body gently out of its addicted state.
- The Hinz protocol of supplementation balances neurotransmitters to manage anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
- IASIS Micro-Current Neurofeedback or the Fisher-Wallace Stimulator works more deeply to help heal the above issues plus PTSD and brain injuries.
- SpectraCell nutrient analysis, including essential fatty acid measurements, allows Dr. Singer to balance cellular nutrition and restore cell-membrane integrity via oral and intravenous therapy.
- Finally, auricular acupuncture balances the whole body to cut cravings and reduce the risk of relapse.
There is hope for opiate addiction, and it does not necessarily require inpatient treatment or daily visits to a rehab clinic. A carefully administered, holistic treatment program can free you or a loved one from the burden of addiction.