While the U.S. continues its battle against the COVID19 virus pandemic, that nasty little opiate epidemic is ready to explode in the background. If anything, the lockdowns associated with the virus have driven more people to start abusing drugs and alcohol. That includes popular opiate substances like prescription painkillers, heroin, and the deadly illicit drug fentanyl.
If you feel you have an addiction to any opiate substance, you need to know things can only end in one of two ways. You will have to eventually stop using and seek help, or you will run the risk of destroying your life. There isn’t much middle ground.
As part of the drug and alcohol addiction treatment community, we are proud to serve clients who want to recover from their addiction issues. Hopefully, that includes you. What we want to offer you is enough information about the opiate addiction process as possible, hoping it will motivate you to seek help.
Detox Programs – The Start of Recovery
At this point, we wan to focus your attention on the detox process. When you finally decide to stop using your opiate of choice and seek help, your body is going to attack you in the form of withdrawal symptoms. These are not symptoms you need to be messing with because some of them are dangerous to your health. Here are a few examples of opiate withdrawal symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing
- Problems with your heart rate and blood pressure
- The onset of anxiety and depression
- Difficulty sleeping because of nightmares and hallucinations
- Body tremors and convulsions
- Severe cramping in the stomach region
- Difficulty with concentration and body coordination
If you look at this list twice, you should be able to understand why treatment for opiate addiction sufferers almost always starts with a detox program. Why? It’s not safe for most people to try to get past their withdrawal symptoms without help. That’s why medically monitored detox programs exist.
In a medically monitored detox program, clients go through withdrawal under the care of medical professionals. Detox program specialists are standing at the ready to offer medical assistance should a client start to show signs of pain or discomfort. Of course, it is always best for clients to detox without medical intervention if possible. Unfortunately, the severity of opiate withdrawal symptoms often makes that impossible. As soon a client shows signs of discomfort, there will be a physician standing by to prescribe relief medications for possible sleeping or pain issues.
If you are curious about the cost of a detox program, you need to first be aware there are two levels of care. There is a standard detox program and a program for clients with a severe physical dependence on their opiate substance of choice. Let’s take a look at these two levels of care.
The Standard Detox Program
The addiction treatment community offers a standard detox option for clients who don’t need a higher level of attention. Generally, standard detox program clients will spend anywhere from five to seven days in the detox facility. If you were in one of these programs, you would expect to encounter the worst of your withdrawal symptoms around day three or four. After that, your body will adjust to the withholding of opiates, paving the way for you to start feeling better. At that point, you should be ready to start therapy.
Depending on the facility and the facility’s location, the total cost of a standard detox program should run between $1,000 and $2,000.
The Tapering Detox Program
If someone has a severe addiction to opiate substances, there is a higher level of danger they will face as their body detoxes. To eliminate some of these dangers, the detox facility’s physician will prescribe a tapering opiate medication like suboxone. The theory behind using an opiate to detox off of opiates is the tapering drug is a less addictive form of opiates. Doctors can control the rate of speed at which the body detoxes off of addictive opiates, keeping clients safe in the process.
Since tapering programs can run from two to four weeks, the cost is a little higher. The charges are likely to be in the $2,500 range.
We hope you will focus on battling your addiction without worrying about the cost of treatment. We want you to come in for help. For more information about our service, you can contact us at 833-762-3739.