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Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. Drugs of abuse alter the brain's structure and function, resulting in changes that persist long after drug use has ceased. This may explain why drug abusers are at risk for relapse even after long periods of abstinence and despite the potentially devastating consequences.
No single treatment is appropriate for everyone. Matching treatment settings, interventions and services to an individual's particular problems and needs is critical to his or her ultimate success in returning to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and society.
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Dr. Mohammad is One of the World's Leading Authorities on Opiate Detox. Dr. A.R. Mohammad is the director of operations at Malibu Horizon. He is considered to be a pioneer in the field of addiction medicine. Dr. Mohammad is a board certified Addictionologist. He was one of the first doctors in the United States to become licensed to dispense Suboxone for Detoxifying from opiates. He has been specializing in opiate detox for over 10 years. He is a leading authority on helping people safely and comfortably detox from opiates. And he also runs his own outpatient opiate detox facility. Dr. Mohammad is a very talented, compassionate man who loves his work.
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In addition, opioid medications can affect regions of the brain that mediate what one perceives as pleasure, resulting in the initial euphoria or sense of well-being that many opioids produce. Repeated abuse of opioids can lead to addiction a chronic, relapsing disease, characterized by compulsive drug seeking and abuse despite its known harmful consequences. The problem can often begin when the individual decides they enjoy the feeling derived, or the psychological effects, opiates have on their brain. Often they do not even realize what has or is happening to them. About 9% of the population is believed to misuse opiates over the course of their lifetime, including illegal drugs like heroin and prescribed pain medications such as OxyContin. These drugs can cause physical dependence. This means that a person relies on the drug to prevent symptoms of withdrawal. Over time, greater amounts of the drug become necessary to produce the same effect. The time it takes to become physically dependent varies with each individual. When the drugs are stopped, the body needs time to recover, and withdrawal symptoms result. Withdrawal from opiates can occur whenever any chronic use is discontinued or reduced. Some people even withdraw from opiates after being given such drugs for pain while in the hospital without realizing what is happening to them. They think they have the flu, and because they don't know that opiates would fix the problem, they don't crave the drugs.
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About 9% of the population is believed to misuse opiates over the course of their lifetime, including illegal drugs like heroin and prescribed pain medications such as OxyContin. These drugs can cause physical dependence. This means that a person relies on the drug to prevent symptoms of withdrawal. Over time, greater amounts of the drug become necessary to produce the same effect. The time it takes to become physically dependent varies with each individual. When the drugs are stopped, the body needs time to recover, and withdrawal symptoms result. Withdrawal from opiates can occur whenever any chronic use is discontinued or reduced. Some people even withdraw from opiates after being given such drugs for pain while in the hospital without realizing what is happening to them. They think they have the flu, and because they don't know that opiates would fix the problem, they don't crave the drugs.
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Malibu Horizon is one of world's leading centers for the successful treatment of dependency. The detox process for opiate dependency starts with a complete thorough assessment and evaluation. Malibu Horizon has safely detox clients from opiates, benzodiazepine's, barbiturates and various sleep medications. Proper opiate detox is the process of making each patient as comfortable as possible, while carefully managing and monitoring the withdrawal symptoms in the most effective way.
Today, many Americans have become dependent upon their prescription medications. In most cases, it was a part of a natural process of coping with pain or a psychological concern. In a recent study, 16.2 million Americans age 12 and older had taken a prescription pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant, or sedative for non-medical purposes at least once, in the year prior to being surveyed. Opioids are commonly prescribed because of their effective analgesic, or pain-relieving, properties. Studies have shown that properly managed use of opioid analgesic compounds is safe. Under a doctor's care, those opioids can manage pain effectively, and rarely cause addiction.
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Prescription medication dependency often occurs when someone has a physical issue that causes severe pain. For example, a person experiencing pain as the result of a lower back problem may be prescribed an opiate as a pain reliever. If the underlying physical problem is chronic or long standing, there is a danger of dependency on the pain relieving medication. Commonly used opioids include: Oxycodone (OxyContin), propoxyphene (Darvon), hydrocodone (Vicodin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), and diphenoxylate (Lomotil).
Opiate detox using "Suboxone"
The process of opiate detox can take 7 to 14 days depending upon a variety of individualized factors. Today, opiate detox consists of giving the patient the exact amount of the drug known as Suboxone. Suboxone is a safe medication which greatly eases the withdrawal symptoms and reduces the cravings. more about Suboxone
Detoxifying from opiates used to be painful. At Malibu Horizon we make the opiate detox process comfortable for our clients. Thanks to a wonderful new drug called "Suboxone". Suboxone, also known as Subutex, is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Naloxone blocks the effects of opiates and Buprenorphine relieves withdrawal symptoms.
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Withdrawal symptoms occur upon abrupt cessation of drug use. Thus, individuals taking prescribed opioid medications should not only be given these medications under appropriate medical supervision, but should also be medically supervised when stopping use in order to reduce or avoid withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms of withdrawal can include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps (cold turkey), and involuntary leg movements.
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Long-term use of opioids can lead to physical dependence and addiction. Opioids can produce drowsiness, constipation and, depending on amount taken, can depress breathing. If they are combined with other medications or alcohol, heart rate and respiration can slow down dramatically.
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Opioids act by attaching to specific proteins called opioid receptors, which are found in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract. When these compounds attach to certain opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, they can effectively change the way a person experiences pain.
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