Dihydrocodeine Detox

Don't despair if you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people who have fallen into opiate addiction. In nearly all cases, it's not the fault of the patient. Many times, people take opiate prescription medications for legitimate reasons - pain or upper respiratory issues. It can start off this way but use can progress over time if these drugs are used long-term or in high dosages.

Dihydrocodeine is an opiate analgesic that is used in combination drugs to treat pain, cough, cold and nasal congestion. As with all opiates, the need for higher dosages will become evident if dihydrocodeine is used for too long. The body becomes used to the drug and eventually needs more. This can lead to physical dependence and possibly dihydrocodeine addiction if use increases or there is evidence of abuse. Patients may need to seek professional help with detox to adequately address these issues.

Examples Of Dihydrocodeine Detox

All prescription medications are accompanied by information that lists important tips on use and possible side effects. All of these drugs should be taken as directed. Dihydrocodeine is no exception. Doing otherwise could lead to problems such as addiction or overdose. These are different types of dihydrocodeine detox patients may choose to explore:

  • Self Detox
    • Colloquially called "Cold Turkey"
    • Natural Remedies
      • Thomas
      • Other "natural detox methods"
  • Medical Detox
    • Outpatient
    • Inpatient
      • Treat the individual symptoms of the withdrawal
      • Rapid Opiate Detox

"Self detox" refers to attempts to stop using dihydrocodeine without the assistance or support of addiction or medical experts. This is often ill advised because of potential dihydrocodeine risks and complications. Opiate self detox using a "cold turkey" method is especially discouraged. This is due to potential dangers that can occur during the withdrawal process. Dihydrocodeine withdrawal can create severe cravings and bad flu-like symptoms in addition to more serious risks.

Natural Remedies For Dihydrocodeine Detox

Some people choose to pursue so-called "natural" options for opiate detoxification. This can include the use of herbs, home remedies and supplements designed to assist in the process. Some may also include the use of pharmaceuticals to help patients detox. One example of this is "The Thomas Recipe." This involves patients tapering their use of opiates while managing withdrawal symptoms with drugs such as Valium or Klonopin (benzodiazepines). These drugs help to calm patients.

The next step for people using "The Thomas Recipe" is treating gastrointestinal symptoms of opiate withdrawal with medications such as Imodium. Supplementation is also part of the process to restore the internal balance and replace lost nutrients, minerals and vitamins. Relaxation is also encouraged through the use of a Jacuzzi or hot bath.

People looking to detox from opiates also use Kratom. This Southeast Asian plant has been used historically for medicinal reasons. As it applies to opiate detox, Kratom is used to delay or prevent withdrawal. The risks of this legal, yet unregulated plant can include hallucinations, dependency, delusional behavior, aggression and overdose.

Some people turn to Ibogaine during opiate detox. Ibogaine is banned in the U.S. but legal in some other countries. Ibogaine can be extracted from various plants and has psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties. Many people debate the safety and effectiveness of Ibogaine as it can possibly interact negatively with some medications and conditions.

Medical Detox For Opiates Is Another Option Many People Turn To For Recovery

A medical facility may best be able to handle a detox from dihydrocodeine. This is because an opiate detox is not something that you want to do on your own. Going "cold turkey" can be dangerous and often doesn't yield the best results. Medical professionals can provide treatment, support and oversight to ensure a favorable outcome and above all, safety.

Medical opiate detox can be performed in either an inpatient or outpatient facility. Outpatient treatment for opiates is not really considered "detox" if opiate replacement therapy is used. Medications such as methadone, Suboxone or Subutex are still opiates, so this doesn't constitute "detox." This option may work for some people and is a better option than self detox.

Medical detox for dihydrocodeine can also encompass rapid opiate detox or traditional detox. The latter refers to treatment that is typically offered on an inpatient basis. The traditional approach to dihydrocodeine addiction focuses on management of the opiate withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety and diarrhea. This is often accomplished with non-opiate medications prescribed by a doctor. The emphasis with this type of treatment is to manage withdrawal in a way that doesn't keep patients shackled to opiate replacements.

Rapid Opiate Detox Can Be A Very Safe, Effective Option

More and more people are turning to a type of treatment called rapid opiate detox. In recent years, many facilities offering this treatment have popped up around the country. Reputable companies that offer this treatment check patients into an accredited hospital, where they are under the care of licensed medical practitioners.

After undergoing medical tests to rule out problems and identify internal damage from opiates, patients are given intravenous medication to eliminate the physical dependency. This happens while patients are deeply sedated and takes less than two hours. The process speeds up withdrawal, so patients have minimal conscious awareness that it has passed. Recovery is a few days and should take place in the hospital, under supervision. Aftercare is also recommended.

Our Rapid Detox Center Is Renowned Leader In The Field Of Rapid Detox For Opiates

This southern-California based company has pioneered rapid detox for dihydrocodeine and other opiates. The total hospital stay is 3 to 5 days and the company offers aftercare at its tranquil Domus Retreat facility. There are no corners to cut when it comes to your health, and some other rapid detox companies send patients home or to a hotel to recover.

Our rapid detox center makes every effort to ensure a safe and successful procedure. In fact, the company's success rate shows that a great majority of patients are still opiate free after one year, post-detox.

Dihydrocodeine Detox Comparisons

What makes our rapid detox center different from other "rapid detox" programs is our level of expertise. The company's attention to details and its focus on safety have earned it a reputation of being top notch in the field.

Other companies may:

  • Not provide medical screening to rule out damage from opiate use
  • Not give adequate support during the pre-screening, procedural or monitoring phases
  • Send patients home, to a hotel or other facility to recover
  • Not provide transitional care for patients
  • Cut corners in the process that jeopardize safety

Our Rapid Detox Center Will Always:

  • Check patients thoroughly before the procedure to determine possible internal damage from opiate use
  • Employ medical personnel at the top of their field to assist in total recovery
  • Monitor patients from check-in to dismissal
  • Provide on-going support and transitional care at our Domus Retreat facility
  • Make every effort to ensure safety at every step
  • Treat patients in an accredited hospital

Possible Risks Of Dihydrocodeine Home Detox

Trying to go off dihydrocodeine in the privacy and convenience of your home may seem like a good idea in theory. However, there are serious risks that could develop, so professional opiate treatment is recommended.

Medical issues such as seizures can arise during the withdrawal phase, and the physical and psychological discomfort can be overwhelming. This can lead to dihydrocodeine relapse, which is dangerous for two reasons. First, you are back at square one in terms of risky use. Also, relapse after withdrawal or partial withdrawal can be detrimental. The tolerance for opiates drops during withdrawal, leaving a patient who relapses vulnerable to dihydrocodeine overdose.

Complications Possible With Any Dihydrocodeine Detox

In addition to the above mentioned risks during home detox, patients in any other program can run into complications. This is why it's important to have the most medically-advanced treatment available. Outpatient detox with opiate replacements can lead to the need for further treatment because drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine can be addicting.

Inpatient treatment risks can vary, but it should be noted that the more pronounced the addiction, the more chance there is for complications. Patients may have a reaction to medications used during inpatient detox. As for rapid detox, patients need to be monitored closely because there is a chance of allergic reaction and infection from the anesthesia used.

Correcting Dihydrocodeine Detox Myths

  • "Detoxing from opiates is easy." Unfortunately, there is no current treatment that allows patients off the hook without doing their part.
  • "Opiate detox is impossible so why bother?" Millions of people fall prey to this dependency but the majority can recover with the right treatment.
  • "Once the physical dependency is treated, I am good to go." Psychological dependency and other issues must be addressed to achieve long-lasting recovery.
  • "Inpatient detox takes too long." Options such as rapid detox can eliminate the physical dependency in a few days.
  • "Rapid detox is a short cut that can't possibly work." The right treatment program can provide safe and thorough detox in a short amount of time.

Dihydrocodeine Detox During Pregnancy

The only current treatment recommended during pregnancy is methadone. Opiate withdrawal for an expectant mother and fetus is risky, so women who are dependent upon opiates while pregnant are advised not to go "cold turkey." The most important thing for women in this situation is to see a doctor as soon as possible and to maintain regular checkups throughout pregnancy.

Symptoms Of Dihydrocodeine Detox

People going through withdrawal are said to be detoxing if they have stopped use. Withdrawal may also set in if you lessen your current dosage. These are the signs to look for:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Goose Bumps
  • Tremors and Twitching
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Muscle and Bone Pain
  • Yawning
  • Sweating
  • Runny Nose
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia

The experience of withdrawal is an individual one. The length and severity depends on the person, the dosage that was used and the level of abuse and dependency. Many people report extremely powerful cravings during this time that can be physical and psychological. More serious symptoms include seizures and hallucinations. In some cases, people have died during unsupervised opiate withdrawal.

Maximize Your Success By Choosing The Best Treatment Option Available

Getting help for a problem with dihydrocodeine may seem like a daunting task. You don't know what to expect. You can't imagine your life without this problem. But it can - and very often does - work. Consider all factors before choosing a dihydrocodeine program. It may be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Factors you may need to consider include: The time you have available, family and career obligations, finances and specific goals for the future. You have everything to lose by not attempting to get off opiates. You have nothing to lose by taking that first step. Just keep in mind the most important thing is that medical professionals who understand the nature of opiate dependency oversee your treatment program.

Today can be the turning point in your life. If you or someone you know has been held down by the constraints of dihydrocodeine addiction, don't hesitate to call us. We'll walk you through it - together.

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