Opiates are potent and powerful drugs derived from the poppy plant. Probably the most “famous” opiate is Heroin. Sometimes we refer to these drugs as “narcotics.” Opiates have been used for many centuries because they relieve pain. Today’s opiates can be natural or synthetic. Opioids attach themselves to specific proteins in your body. Doctors call these cells “opioid receptors.” We have them in our brains, spinal cords, and gastrointestinal tracts. When opioids attach to opioid receptors, they block the perception of pain.
Opiates also create a sense of euphoria by increasing dopamine levels in the parts of our brains that influence our perceptions of pleasure. Unfortunately, whether we begin taking the drugs to relieve pain or to feel the “high,” pretty soon it takes increasingly larger doses to work. So we take a little more. And many of us get hooked. WebMD reported recently that our use of illicit drugs and the nonmedical use of prescription medications are increasing.
Once you are hooked, you cannot miss a dose without feeling withdrawal symptoms; the sensations the body goes through as you attempt to quit. Withdrawal symptoms can be painful, particularly after heavy or prolonged use. During the early stages of withdrawal, you may feel restless or nauseous, perhaps abnormal breathing, slowed heartbeat, sweating or even loss of consciousness. You may also suffer muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, anxiousness, dehydration and thoughts of suicide. Then it gets worse. Withdrawal symptoms can range from chills with goose bumps (your skin looks like the skin of a “cold turkey”) to flushing (hot flashes), kicking movements of the legs (“kicking the habit” – similar to restless leg syndrome) and excessive sweating. Expect severe pains in your bones and the muscles of your back and extremities, even muscle spasms. Most patients call a “cold turkey” withdrawal unbearable.
You can try to quit alone. But, the pain of withdrawal; both physical and emotional often lead to relapse.
Instead of going it alone, the RDD (“Rapid Drug Detox”) Center offers effective results, superior care, safety, and privacy in a licensed surgical facility. It is a proven, affordable medical procedure, the RDD Method™, administered by experienced board certified physicians, that effectively reduces the pain and discomfort associated with conventional detox.
The Center’s RDD Method™ for detoxification from opiates takes place under anesthesia. This medical procedure eliminates most of the withdrawal symptoms. When you arrive at the Center, you receive a brief medical exam. Then a licensed and board certified physician administers medication to help you relax, and then a light, general anesthesia for about 1 hour. Following the procedure, recovery begins, always under direct medical supervision.
Your recovery begins with a phone call. When you call, you speak with a professional nurse or an experienced intake coordinator. The call is toll-free. Call The Rapid Drug Detox (RDD) Center at 1-866-399-2967 now and take the first step toward a lifetime of freedom from addiction.
The RDD Center makes sure that nurses are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and that the Center’s knowledgeable, licensed medical professionals are always available to answer all of your questions.