Opiate And Opioid Detox

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Opiate/Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Can Start To Appear A Few Hours After Stopping Drug Use.

“Opiates” and “Opioids” refer to drugs that have an effect on the body like morphine. These drugs are used for treating pain. “Opiates” are made from the products of the opium poppy plant, while “opioids” are made synthetically (man made).

Why Seek An Opiate/Opioid Detox?

Detoxification from opiates/opioids is challenging on both a physical and emotional level. The Haven Detox provides clients with a safe, home-like environment where they can go through the various stages of withdrawal in as much comfort as possible.

Men and women have different needs when going through detoxification. At The Haven Detox, we understand these differences and we incorporate them into the treatment we provide. We offer a mixed-gender facility for men and women in order to ensure that all of our clients receive the most efficient and appropriate treatment we can provide.

What Are The Names Of Commonly Abused Opiates/Opioids?

Different opiates/opioids have different street names:

  • heroin
  • codeine
  • hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®, Zohydro®)
  • oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®)
  • hydromorphone (Dilauded®, Exalgo®, Hydromorph Contin®)
  • morphine (Astramorph®, Avinza®. Roxanol®, Kadian®)
  • fentanyl (Duragesic®, Subsys®, Actiq®)
  • methadone (Methadose®, Dolophine®)

The nature of opiates/opioids makes them very addictive. These drugs are very effective at suppressing pain. They also suppress the emotional reaction to pain and cause intense feelings of euphoria.

What Are The Symptoms Of Opiate/Opioid Withdrawal?

Depending upon a client’s drug history, opiate/opioid withdrawal symptoms can start to appear as soon as a few hours after stopping drug use.

Opioid/opiate withdrawal can be very uncomfortable. For the most part, opiate/opioid withdrawal is generally not considered to be life threatening for healthy people.

Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • sweating/chills
  • yawning
  • anxiety
  • agitation
  • runny nose
  • muscle aches
  • insomnia
  • abdominal cramping
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Given a client’s willingness, and the care and support we deliver, we believe that any client can overcome opiate/opioid withdrawal symptoms and complete the detox process.

What Are Medically Managed Opiate/Opioid Detox Options?

There are several medical detox treatments for opiates available.

For people who have tried to quit opiates/opioids “cold turkey” and relapsed, or for those who are afraid that they will be overwhelmed by cravings and withdrawal symptoms, there are medically managed detox treatments that can soften withdrawal, including:

  • Buprenorphine
  • Suboxone
  • Subutex


Subutex is a medication that contains buprenorphine and is used for the treatment of opiate/opioid addiction. Subutex softens the harsh withdrawal symptoms that occur when quitting opiates/opioids “cold turkey.”

There are mild withdrawal symptoms when coming off Subutex at the end of treatment. Withdrawal symptoms are typically the same as those for buprenorphine.

Because Subutex contains buprenorphine, patients should advise their doctors of any recent narcotics use, or if they have any of the problems listed under buprenorphine.

For more information, please call The Haven Detox at (561) 328-8627!