It's a big decision and a lot of support is involved in order to go through opiate detox treatment. Support from immediate family as well as friends is a must if someone wants to be successful with this kind of treatment. This is my personal belief.
In order to be able to go through the treatment plan, the person must undergo detoxification process. This is the process of removing/getting rid of the drugs/alcohol of the addicted person body and getting the person physically stable.
This process is best achieve under the care of a health care professional because of the danger to the person detoxing. There are many health concerns when a person is undergoing detox. A few things that can happen are:
- the person may experience delirium or in medical term DT's or delirieum tremens. According to PubMed Health "Delirium tremens is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that involves sudden and severe mental or nervous system changes. Symptoms most often occur within 72 hours after the last drink..."
- seizure can occur
- nausea and vomiting
- rapid heart rate (hyperventilation)
If the person is addictive to a certain medications or prescription drugs, the doctor can safely detox the patient by prescribing lesser dosage until the body will get used to lower dosage. But there are times that this process is not effective.
If you know a love one that are going through some type of addiction, its best to intervene as early as possible. Find some support system that will be able to help and consult a professional in order for this process to be effective.