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Medically Assisted Opioid Detox

At Guardian Recovery Network we understand how difficult opioid withdrawal can be. Many times withdrawal symptoms are so severe that those struggling with opioid addiction return to using within 24 hours. The key to overcoming this obstacle is a medically supervised detox where withdrawal symptoms can be identified and treated immediately. At Guardian Recovery Network we perform an in-depth initial evaluation and tailor a treatment plan unique to each client’s needs and recovery goals. Guardian Recovery Network provides 24 hour medical supervision and comfort care for our detox clients. Our medical and client support team’s goal is to make sure all clients have a safe and comfortable detox so they can begin the next phase in their recovery journey.

Opioid Crisis

Opioid detox is an essential step to help solve a national emergency. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA] opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine and many others. Opioids have become one of the leading addictions in the United States. The Opioid Epidemic was declared a “Public Health Emergency” by the Trump administration in October 2017 due to the amount of fatal overdoses occurring from opioids. At that time the President’s opioid commission said that about 142 Americans were dying every day from a drug overdose — equal to the death toll from the September 11 attacks every three weeks. Fatal overdose rates increased during the Coronavirus pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control [CDC] more than 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period.

What’s Causing the Opioid Epidemic?

This surge in Opioid abuse and addiction is largely attributed to the misdirectives of pharmaceutical companies, many of which are now being sued by the federal government for their part in starting the epidemic. In the mid-1990s, when pharmaceutical companies began pushing potent opioid prescription painkillers, they insisted they were non-habit-forming and safe to use. Medical professionals began prescribing medications like codeine, morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone at alarming rates. By the time the government implemented nationwide crackdowns, many individuals had developed physical and psychological dependencies on these medications, and rather than seek professional treatment many transitioned to a more readily available alternative: heroin. Strong synthetic additives such as fentanyl and carefentinl that are being cut into street heroin have made it exponentially more dangerous. The DEA says carefentinl is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which itself is 50 times more potent than heroin.

Guardian Takes Opioid Addiction Seriously

Guardian Recovery Network recognizes the often fatal outcome of opioid addiction. We take the Opioid Epidemic extremely seriously and are doing our best to help individuals struggling with opioid and heroin addiction to break free. We know how physically, mentally and spiritually difficult it can be to detox off these potent drugs. We know opioid withdrawal is agonizing and causes many addicts to continually turn back to the drugs even when they desperately want to stop.

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What’s The First Key to Quitting?

The key to overcoming this initial obstacle is a medically supervised detox where withdrawal symptoms can be eased. Guardian Recovery Network uses medications such as Suboxone to alleviate the worst of the withdrawal symptoms. We provide 24 hour medical supervision in comfortable detox facilities where individuals can safely and comfortably begin their recovery journeys. We perform an in-depth initial evaluation and tailor a treatment plan unique to each clients needs and recovery goals. While providing a pain-free and comfortable opioid withdrawal is our top priority, we also work to instill each and every one of our clients with the tools and skills they need to maintain success in sobriety and seamlessly transition into the next appropriate level of care.

Opioid Addiction
Signs & Symptoms

If you or someone you love has been abusing opioids — whether an opioid painkiller or an illicit drug like heroin — there are several telltale signs and symptoms that indicate a serious and diagnosable problem.

Common signs and symptoms of Opioid addiction:

  • Intense psychological drug cravings
  • Continued opioid use despite related consequences
  • An inability to control how much of the drug is taken and for what length of time
  • Family members and friends expressing concern regarding opioid use
  • A lack of motivation to fulfill personal obligations or participate in activities that were previously enjoyed
  • A lack of attention paid to personal hygiene
  • Changes in sleep patterns, generally marked by sleeping longer hours than normal
  • Loss of appetite that often leads to noticeable weight loss
  • Frequently experiencing flu-like symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, muscle cramping, general aches and pains and gastrointestinal issues
  • Experiencing significant financial and legal issues
  • Developing an opioid tolerance, meaning that a higher dose of prescription painkiller or a larger amount of heroin is required in order for the desired effects to be produced
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped suddenly

Symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal are not usually life-threatening, but they are so physically uncomfortable and psychologically taxing that they frequently lead men and women back to opioid use before the detox process has come to a close. This is one of several reasons why medical detox is a crucial first step on the long-term road to recovery.

Opioid Withdrawal
Signs & Symptoms

Opioid withdrawal can be broken down into three main phases – early withdrawal, late withdrawal and post-acute withdrawal.

Common signs and symptoms associated with early opioid withdrawal:

  • Agitation and irritability
  • Mild to moderate anxiety
  • Sleep-related issues
  • General feelings of physical discomfort
  • Flu-like symptoms including running nose, low-grade fever and increased sweating
  • Excessive yawning
  • The symptoms associated with the late symptoms of opiate withdrawal include:
  • Severe abdominal cramping
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills and uncontrollable shaking
  • Insomnia
  • Severe anxiety, which can lead to panic attacks
  • An inability to get comfortable
  • Intense psychological drug cravings

Post-Acute Withdrawal (PAWS)

While we work to treat the immediate symptoms of withdrawal as soon as they arise, we also look ahead and consider treatment for the long-term, post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Regular use of Opioids severely impacts brain chemistry, which regulates mood, energy, mental clarity, hormones and a whole host of other body functions. It takes time to re-wire and restore the normal functioning of the brain. Post acute withdrawal symptoms are the ongoing detrimental effects of addiction on one’s mind, body and spirit. They can range in severity and often come and go in cyclical fashion for approximately a year or more into one’s sobriety.

Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Problems with cognitive tasks, such as problem-solving, learning, or memory recall
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
  • Problems with social relationships
  • Cravings for the addictive drug they used
  • Pessimism. apathy and lack of interest
  • Lack of focus and procrastination
  • Sleep irregularity — either too much or too little
  • Increased sensitivity to stress
  • Impulsivity

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Is Medical Detox Necessary?

When it comes to opioid withdrawal, medical detox is most often necessary. Withdrawal is so uncomfortable that the chances of an individual going through it alone and not relapsing are very slim. At Guardian Recovery Network we utilize several evidence-based treatment options to treat drug cravings and all other symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal. In the case of a moderate or severe substance abuse disorder we might employ Medication Assisted Treatment, using medications like buprenorphine and naltrexone (which make up Suboxone when combined), over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers and non-addictive sleep aids.

Our team of dedicated medical professionals offer around-the-clock care, effectively treating all related symptoms . We also utilize proven holistically-based detox methods for clients experiencing symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal. For example, numerous studies show that acupuncture can reduce opioid cravings. In addition to providing a comprehensive medical detox we focus on therapeutic intervention, providing clients with individual therapy or case management sessions once a week and group therapy sessions on a daily basis.

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    Comprehensive Medical Detox

    At Guardian Recovery Network we provide men and women of all ages with a comprehensive medical detox program that utilizes a combination of proven detoxification methods with intensive therapeutic care. Our detox program goes far beyond physical stabilization and a safe and pain-free opioid withdrawal — we begin the healing process by tackling the emotional and psychological implications of addiction along with the physical. If you or your loved one has been struggling with opioid abuse and is ready to take the first step on the lifelong road to recovery, contact us at Guardian Recovery Network today.