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Opiates Detox in Fort Lauderdale

Detox for Opiates in Fort Lauderdale

Today, opiate addiction is an epidemic. It is a major cause of death in the United States, and continues to destroy lives and families every day. Opiate addiction can occur due to both short and long-term use of opiates. When the cells in the brain to stop functioning normally, the nerve cells stop producing endorphins (naturally occurring feel-good chemicals) on their own, and become physically dependent on opiates in order to make you feel good. When the body becomes physically dependent, it becomes emotionally dependent as well. The body's natural function thinks it needs the drug in order to work, and this makes it extremely difficult and dangerous to stop using.

Signs of Opiate Abuse

If you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one abusing Opiates, consider these common signs that are associated with opiate addiction.

Mood/Psychological symptoms

  • Increased general anxiety
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Euphoria
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Lowered motivation
  • Suicidal Thoughts

Physical Symptoms

  • Improved alertness
  • Increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritability
  • Physical agitation
  • Over arousal and hypervigilance

Opiate addiction encompasses a wide range drugs, some illegal — like heroin — and some legal — like prescription painkillers. Sometimes opiate addiction occurs after legal use of prescription drugs slips into abuse, and sometimes it occurs as a way to experiment or escape the stress of life or childhood trauma. Whatever the case may be, opiate treatment programs at Imperium in Fort Lauderdale will help you overcome your physical and mental dependence on opiates, and address the core issues behind your substance abuse.
If you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one abusing Opiates, consider these common signs that are associated with opiate addiction.

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What Will Opiate Detox in Fort Lauderdale Look Like?

Opiate withdrawal symptoms can be tough to surpass not done under the supervision of a medical professional. The fear of going through withdrawal is what keeps many people dependent upon drugs like Heroin and Oxycodone. Symptoms can affect the individual both physically and emotionally, and are more severe with longer/more frequent use.

It's important to keep in mind that different opioids remain in your system for various lengths of time. The amount of time your symptoms last depends on a combination of factors including frequency and amount of the use, length of the addiction, as well as individual factors like your health and emotional status. Although withdrawals vary between cases, some common symptoms to be expected include: Strong cravings, Cramps, Sweating, Chills, Muscle aches, Goosebumps, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Shakes, Irritation

The Timeline for withdrawals may vary as well. The initial detox last between 5-12 days and withdrawals can last anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months.
The typical timeline is as follows:

Phase one

The first 12-30 hours after stopping use is when withdrawals set in. Anxiousness, headaches, irritability, depression, and insomnia are very common. This period is when cravings are very intense, and can be maintained with medicated assistance from our staff at Imperium Detox Center.

Phase Two

The second phase generally lasts for about two weeks. During this duration of opiate withdrawal, natural levels of endorphins, which are depleted during long-term opiate use, stabilize themselves. Symptoms are very physical including muscle pain, weakness, cramps, and flu like symptoms. Depression and Anxiety are common as well.

Phase Three

This is the longest and least severe phase. It can take anywhere from a week to months . Interestingly though, not all professionals recognize this third phase, and some individuals may not experience it. It mainly consists of anxiety, depression, cravings, and a general “off” feeling. It is understood to be a transitional time where the body is getting accustomed to its natural function again.

Benefits Of A Medically Supervised Detox in Fort Lauderdale

Some undergo detox at home with no medical assistance but this is not recommended. Detox can have severe side effects that require medical intervention in the case of emergencies. Detoxing at home also increases your chances of relapse. At Imperium in Fort Lauderdale, our treatment professionals have significant experience helping people through drug detox and can address both your physical and mental symptoms. The benefits of detoxing at our center include:

Clinical Accuracy

Detox professionals are able to calculate and determine the amounts of medicated assistance you should receive during each stage of tapering, and when to progress to the next stage with a lower dose.

Physical Comfort

In the absence of a doctor, you will endure the symptoms of detox without the support of medications or emotional assistance. At Imperium, we take care of you in every way possible, and work to subdue your physical symptoms to a minimal level.


In addition to comfort, safety is also an issue with home detox. It is not common to die from opiate detox but there are risks nonetheless. For example, you may develop severe depression and suicidality due to the drop in dopamine flowing in your brain.You could face changes in blood pressure, organ function, etc. There is a much lower risk of permanent damage when you detox under the supervision of a medical professional team.

Emotional Comfort

Withdrawal bring out a lot of the emotions that have been buried for a long time. For that reason, our mental health professionals — such as therapists and psychiatrists — are available at all times. Our patients will have scheduled meetings but will have the support whenever necessary.

Relapse Risk

If you detox at home, you lack the constant supervision that is available at Imperium in Fort Lauderdale. Often the symptoms of withdrawal become too difficult and addicts go back to their old ways.

Recovery Is Possible

If you or a loved one is planning to stop taking opiates and have a fear of the withdrawal symptoms side effects, gives us a call today. Let us tell you how we can help manage your symptoms and get you through this difficult phase in a private and compassionate manner.

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