One of the hallmarks of opiate addiction is an ever-growing tolerance for your drug of choice. As you use the drug more and more, it takes a higher dosage for you to get the effect your addiction demands.
In 2016, more than 46 people died each day from overdoses of just prescription opioids. Accounting for deaths caused by overdoses of illicit opioids raises the number even higher, making the risk of death associated with opioid addiction clear. And it’s a growing problem. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of deaths due to opioid overdose more than tripled between 2002 and 2017.
When you decide it’s time to overcome your opioid addiction, your first step is the detoxification process. Detox, which is the elimination of opiates from your system, is very likely to involve symptoms of withdrawal.
Your journey is smoother with experts who are familiar with detoxification and withdrawal by your side — like our team at Emerald Neuro-Recover. We guide you to the most appropriate method of detoxification, depending on how long you’ve been addicted, your overall health, the type of opiate you use, and other factors.
NAD+ IV therapy and detoxification
There are five main methods that are used to help patients detox and to manage the symptoms of withdrawal, and those are outlined below. At Emerald Neuro-Recover our clinicians evaluate each case and determine the appropriate medical treatment based on their clinical expertise. In some cases, our clinicians have determined that NAD+amino acid IV therapy is an appropriate additional treatment to help patients reach their healthcare goals.
NAD+ is nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, which is an enzyme that naturally exists in your body’s cells. Opiates deplete the amount of NAD+ you have, particularly in your brain cells. NAD+ amino acid IV therapy is intended to restore this critical enzyme.
Most everyone is familiar with the cold turkey method — simply stopping use of the opiate. However, that means you’ll feel the full brunt of withdrawal symptoms which may include:
- Muscle pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feeling tired
- Stomach pain
- Nausea and vomiting
Although detoxification from opiates is almost never life-threatening, it can be very uncomfortable. When NAD+ IV therapy has been combined with the cold turkey method, there have been some patients whose withdrawal symptoms are fewer than what is typical when quitting cold turkey. Results may, however, vary patient-by-patient.
Tapering using methadone or buprenorphine
Another method is the use of the drugs methadone or buprenorphine to control and taper the amount of opioid you’re taking. You’ll still have opiates in your system, as this method of detoxification happens slowly over time. Working closely with your health care provider will insure that the opiates are eliminated from your system in a way that limits the symptoms of withdrawal and gives you the best chance at reaching a full recovery.
Another option for detoxification may be the use of oral clonidine, which is an alpha-adrenergic agonist, instead of an opiate, like methadone and buprenorphine are. While a tapering program may last months, years, or indefinitely, oral clonidine usually works in 14 days or less and has a high rate of success.
Rapid opioid detoxification
Even faster methods of detoxification have been developed, including the use of oral opioid antagonists, such as naltrexone. This method is known as rapid opioid detoxification (ROD).
If you use the ROD method, you may be given graduated doses of naltrexone along with clonidine to treat your symptoms. This is generally a very safe approach to detoxification.
The naltrexone may also be administered along with mild sedation that’s given orally or through an IV. During this treatment, you’re awake but sedated.
Ultra rapid opioid detoxification
Another way of handling your withdrawal symptoms may be ultra rapid opioid detoxification (UROD). In this method, you’re given naltrexone through an IV along with general anesthesia.
UROD may help you get past the most intense withdrawal symptoms, but you’ll need continued treatment. At Emerald Neuro-Recover, we’ll closely monitor your condition, and provide the treatment most suitable for you, making it possible for you to reclaim your life without addiction.
Regardless of the method you use for detoxification, NAD+ amino acid IV therapy can help you manage any symptoms, feel better overall, and begin to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually. Our staff at Emerald Neuro-Recover can help you through the process. Withdrawal may be scary, but it’s far less risky than continued addiction. Book your appointment online or by phone today to learn more about your options for overcoming opioid addiction.