There are no two detox cases that are the same. Every individual’s body responds in different ways and at different times. The biggest advantage to an outpatient treatment program such as the one we offer is that we can manage the withdrawal for you. There are ways to reduce opiate withdrawal symptoms. You may have heard of methadone in the past, we do not offer Methadone treatment. I feel I must list my objections to it.
First, patients can use drugs in addition to it with generally no consequences, so patients usually just continue using all they want and there is no “recovery” actually going on. Methadone clinics are suppose to drug test and cut clients off if they find other drugs in their systems, but this rarely happens.
What is pushed as the good thing about Methadone is called harm reduction, meaning they are not robbing others or sticking needles in their arms, so by that measure, they are making progress. While it’s true that it does reduce robberies and some health issues like hepatitis, it does not get them off intoxicating drugs. It just attempts to get them off the large amounts of street drugs and reduce the nasty side effects while they are taking the pharmaceutical legal version.
It is also much harder to get off of than heroin. The withdrawal symptoms are worse and take up to twice as long to get through (or more). In fact, some people go back on heroin so they can kick the methadone.
With all that being said we do offer Suboxone, which is a much safer alternative. Suboxone is a relatively new method of medical replacement therapy that is highly effective at helping patients overcome opiate addiction. Suboxone will actually make the addict feel sick if they do use opiates while they are being treated with this medication.
While sickness and nausea are symptoms we try to mitigate, there must be a repercussion if the addict is still using. With our broad wealth of knowledge on withdrawal and recovery we have many more options we can help you with.