September 20, 2018 Felicia Durling

Opioid Withdrawal: Is there an Answer to the Pain?

Opioids are some of the hardest drugs to beat. From narcotic prescription painkillers to heroin sold on the street, opioids are highly addictive. Long after the pleasure of using opioids has passed, users stay stuck in the cycle of addiction for one primary reason: to avoid withdrawals. Withdrawal from opioids is one of the worst in addictive substances. Referred to as “kicking”, opioid abusers experience flu-like symptoms paired with unbearable physical pain. The kicking comes from restless legs and muscle spasms that can be experienced for numerous days. Detox from opioids is where most addicts feel lost.

Opioid Withdrawal

Other symptoms of opioid withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Coughing
  • Running nose

 

Opioid cravings are at their highest during this stage, creating a high vulnerability for relapse. Of course, the severity of the symptoms do not help the situation. Many addicts find themselves feeling unable to handle the detox, preferring to use again than face the withdrawal.

So far in scientific advancement, drug replacement therapies have been the only answer to reducing symptoms of withdrawal. Medication assisted therapy is one manner of administering helpful meds. An alternative is natural, assisted detox which uses amino acids as an intravenous treatment.

A recent article was published about an organization called, “The Bridge” offering a new development by Innovative Health Solutions that might provide relief to the withdrawal process from opioids. Acting as a pain blocker, the device sends electrical pulses to the brain’s base where many nerves are collected. Withdrawal symptoms are reduced or eliminated entirely by these electrical signals. Comparing the sensations produced by the device to a runner’s high, the CEO stated that it initially feels like a rush of endorphins. Feeling the adrenaline and endorphins makes the withdrawal process more bearable. There a many ways to detox off opiates.  Each family should research and find which treatment best meets their individual needs.

Importantly, the device is not a standalone option for treatment. Counseling, programs, and preventative medications are still suggested. Still, the representatives are assured of the Bridge’s effectiveness. When asked if the company would tell an opioid addict that the Bridge device would help their withdrawal, the representative answered, “Absolutely. There’s no question.”

 

The Center for Life Change offers intensive outpatient treatment to opioid addicts. Our program incorporates evidence-based treatment modalities with faith-based programming. Our futures are bright for recovery. For more information call (951) 775-4000.

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