Even though opioid withdrawal itself is not as life-threatening as certain other drug withdrawals, it is highly recommended to carry out detoxification in a treatment centre. What is life-threatening, with regards to opioids, is the propensity to overdose. This can easily occur after a failed attempt at recovering from withdrawal.
The good news, however, is that there is medical treatment available for this drug addiction and withdrawal. That Is because substitute medications can be offered to assist with withdrawal symptoms. This also makes relapse less likely. Please note that using medication to assist with withdrawal symptoms should only be carried out by a professional in a facility. The entire process should be monitored by health care providers that have specific knowledge and expertise in the field of opioid addiction treatment (Kleber, 2007). Give us a call today to find the right centre for you.
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