Detoxing from an opioid addiction may be one of the hardest – yet most rewarding – things you will ever do. As your body fights to reclaim homeostasis – its own sense of internal balance – without the substance on which it has learned to rely, simply getting through the days of withdrawal ahead will take dedication and resolve. In the end, though, it is well worth the physical and mental effort, as you work to reclaim not only your body, but your life.
Opioid Detox: What to Expect Initially
Perhaps you have tried to wean yourself off the substance slowly. Maybe you have attempted a conventional medical treatment for opioid addiction – one which, statistically speaking, fails more often than not. Whatever the case, chances are you have had some experience with the symptoms of opioid withdrawal already. When you commit to a full detoxification, however, you may find yourself facing symptoms you haven’t encountered before.
Some of the more common symptoms of detox include:
- raised blood pressure
- rapid pulse
- vomiting, nausea, and/or diarrhea
- muscle pain
- abdominal cramping
Because everybody’s biology is unique, the way you experience the detox process can vary; many other physical symptoms are possible, and they can range from uncomfortable at best to potentially life-threatening in some cases. And while it is commonly believed that the symptoms of detox only last a few days, they can last much longer – sometimes as long as a couple of weeks. With the help of a knowledgeable and supportive team, however, you can safely detox, often in the comfort of your own home.
Addiction Recovery: A Long-Term Solution
At In Home Infusion, we know as well as you do that successful detox does not mean addiction is cured. After months, years, or even decades of opioid abuse, the mental and emotional effects of withdrawal can last much longer than the physical ones. Depression, anxiety, and insomnia can steal in and take over, and cravings often come and go without warning, sometimes even years later. In addition, co-occurring disorders such as borderline personality disorder (BPD) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can, if left untreated, lead you quickly back into the spiral of addiction.
The only way to truly manage addiction and lead a healthy, fulfilling life again is to settle for nothing less than a holistic treatment approach. You deserve to be treated as the whole person that you are, and not defined by the addiction that was once a part of your life.
Treatment Options for Detox and Beyond
There are so many treatment options available for detoxification today that it can be difficult to know where to start, if not downright mind-boggling. One of the more commonly accepted approaches is a medical detox, in which a variety of medications are utilized to manage, reduce, or even suppress the physical symptoms of opioid withdrawal. This is often done in an inpatient setting at a rehabilitation facility or hospital. Many clinics attempt to lessen an addict’s reliance on a street drug by replacing it with a milder version, gradually reducing dependence on that drug. And, of course, there is the old-fashioned method of quitting cold turkey.
Unfortunately, these approaches to addiction rehabilitation overlook a vital fact: many of the longer-lasting effects of opioid addiction cannot be eliminated or even managed simply by removing the substance from your body. Addiction wreaks havoc on your mind’s ability to cope with stress, enjoy simple pleasures, and find meaning in the rhythm of daily life. It does this by interfering with your body’s natural physiological processes, such as hormone regulation and metabolism.
A holistic treatment of drug addiction cannot overlook the long-term recovery process. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the psychological aspect of substance abuse recovery. Some people thrive in a Narcotic’s Anonymous (NA) or similar program, while others respond best to behavioral therapy, often coupled with alternative therapies like art or music. For some, simply having a close mentor or a highly supportive family is its own kind of therapy. The key to all of these approaches is compassion, kindness, understanding, and the commitment to stay with you for the long haul.
NAD IV: A Different Kind of Therapy
While long-term support is crucial for a recovering addict, the first days and weeks of your new journey into sobriety are likely to be the most intense. This is a time when your body needs to be taken care of, nourished, and handled gently. The greatest favor you can do yourself is to reject more potentially addictive medications and choose a treatment that replenishes your body’s natural resources.
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is a coenzyme that your body produces throughout your life. It works hard to maintain the health and integrity of the cells throughout your body, and particularly in your brain. As you age, your rate of NAD production drops naturally; but opioid abuse strips away existing NAD as well as inhibiting the production of more.
NAD IV therapy is a different kind of treatment that helps your body re-learn how to heal and care for itself, instead of relying on synthetic medications to do it. Over the course of ten days, the NAD coenzyme is administered intravenously to replenish your body’s store of this essential coenzyme. With it, your body is more capable of restoring its own internal balance, both physically and psychologically, so that you can face recovery with a greatly reduced chance of experiencing the depression, listlessness, and inability to enjoy life that too often lead a recovering addict into relapse. And, in all but the most severe cases, NAD IV can help make the detox process that starts your road to recovery safer and more manageable.
NAD IV therapy is our specialty at In Home Infusion. We are passionate about this treatment, especially in light of the opioid crisis that our city is facing. If you are living with addiction but are ready to take your first steps toward recovery, please contact us today. Make the choice that will help you detox safely and maintain your sobriety for the rest of your life. We are here to help.