Anyone who has ever been physically dependent on opiates knows the pain, suffering and fear of withdrawal, especially after going cold turkey. Withdrawal symptoms are incredibly uncomfortable, lasting for days or even weeks. The mere thought of these symptoms can be terrifying. While maintaining a lifelong OxyContin or heroin habit is incredibly difficult, quitting can be even harder. Uncomfortable symptoms prevent some people from quitting while underlying medical conditions complicate the detoxification process for others. Many people continue to use opiates because they are afraid of withdrawal symptoms. They may even be worried they will suffer punishment for their drug abuse.
Is There Any Value to the Suffering of Opiate Withdrawal?
For many years, people thought withdrawal symptoms were a valuable deterrent to abusing drugs. Some thought withdrawal was merely nature’s punishment for bad health behavior, just as jail time would be society’s punishment for antisocial drug behavior.
People who had never experienced withdrawal for themselves were tempted to think those who failed were weak or lacked the determination necessary to lead drug-free lives. Withdrawal symptoms, to this way of thinking, acted as a test of a person’s moral character. Underlying conditions that caused potential complications, such as being overweight or having high blood pressure and heart problems, were simply additional punishments for having weak character.
Rapid Drug Detox and Opiate Withdrawal
Science has revealed the real benefits of withdrawal – a drug-free life. Scientists and doctors now know that withdrawal symptoms are one part of the detoxification process an opiate-dependent body goes through on its way to a drug-free state. In other words, withdrawal symptoms are signs that the body is recovering from the toxic effects of drug abuse.
Medical professionals take a scientific view of the complications that occur during the detoxification process. Detoxification specialists now consider the possible complications that can occur, for example, with patients suffering from heart problems. Physicians can now screen patients for these conditions to reduce the risk for complications and facilitate withdrawal.
Views about withdrawal and detoxification have come a long way from the archaic and dangerous ideas of the past. Waismann Method® rapid drug detox is a more comfortable and efficient approach to managing opiate withdrawal symptoms.
The professionals at Waismann Method® know that opiate withdrawal is a hindrance and not a necessary punishment. We understand that the fear and suffering associated with withdrawal holds many people in the grip of opiate dependence. At the Waismann Method® rapid detox center, patients do not experience the additional pain and suffering of cold turkey opiate withdrawal.