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Opiate withdrawal treatment and dependence

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Withdrawal from opiates:

The symptoms of withdrawal from opiates include the following:

  • anxiety,
  • restlessness,
  • severe muscle pain,
  • hot-cold flashes,
  • insomnia,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea and etc.

Opiate withdrawal generally lasts for 7-10 days.

Opiate dependence and withdrawal treatment:

opiate dependenceOpiate dependency is a medical diagnosis characterized by an individual's inability to stop using opiats (heroin, morphine, oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone, etc.). This is complicated condition, but it can be treated effectively.

Opiate dependence is a complex disease which requires long-term treatment and rehabilitation with the  main objectives  to eliminate or drastically reduce dependence on opiats,  to improve physical and psychological conditopn, to stop criminal behaviour; to facilitate social reintegration. 

There is no single effective treatment for opiate addiction. Complex  treatment programs including opioid detoxification, pharmacological treatment, counseling programs  are needed.

Detoxification alone rarely constitutes qualitative treatment of opiate dependence.  However, opiate detoxification is the  first and mandatory step for all  forms of reliable  treatment.  Detoxification with subsequent mental dependence treatment and  maintenance therapy  for several months are essential components of successful treatment and long term recovery.

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