Opiate Dependence Treatment

Opioid Addict

Opioid Detox

What often prevents most people from taking that first step toward detoxing from opiates is the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms associated from stopping. Getting through those crucial first few days is usually the biggest barrier to achieving a life of recovery and sobriety.

The team at INSynergy has implemented a revolutionary approach to heroin and opiate detox. The associated pain can be significantly reduced on day one, allowing you to start your recovery process from an easier place.

This program is tailored for your safety and convenience where detoxing can be done in an outpatient setting. There’s no need to be admitted to an inpatient facility, which is often times very expensive and far away from where you live. You’ll have the ability to relax in the comfort of your own home during the hardest days of this process.

You’ll start by receiving a full medical and psychiatric consultation. Once your treatment options have been determined, the team will get you started immediately.

Depending on your own needs, you may be offered FDA approved medications, non-narcotic comfort medications, along with the Bridge device to mitigate the painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal. This device is FDA-cleared, and has been known to reduce the painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal in less than 30 minutes.

This unique and innovative combination of FDA approved medications with FDA cleared devices for opioid withdrawal has made home detox from opioids more comfortable and practical.

Once your treatment options have been implemented, you’ll be in continuous communication with the INSynergy team and Dr. Taca either in person, by phone, text, or video conferencing during the 10-day opiate detox period. Again, comfort is the priority. Taking some time in your own home is going allow a smooth transition into your recovery.

From there, you’ll have stabilization and aftercare treatment options available to set you up for success on your path to a healthier life.

If you’d like to know more about the outpatient opiate home detox program INSynergy offers, contact the team today for a free consultation.

Why Stop Abusing Opioids?

In the U.S., the opioid epidemic is a topic just about everyone is aware of. You’ve seen it on the news, social media, and various blog articles all over the internet. And there’s a reason for it. Opioid abuse is not something to take lightly.

If you frequently use opioids inappropriately, either illicit drugs or prescription medications, you’re putting yourself at significant risk.

There’s a long list of immediate and long term adverse health effects as a result of misuse. It’s not just rhetoric. It’s a very real danger. In 2017, 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffered from addiction related to opioid pain relievers, and over 600,000 of those suffered from a heroin use disorder. As a result, 47,000 Americans died from an overdose of prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl.

Short-Term Effects

Adverse effects from opioid use disorder can happen quickly, and can continue until the taking of the drug is stopped. Effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Paranoia
  • Slowed Breathing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Coma
  • Death

Long-Term Effects

Unfortunately, chronic abuse of opioids over a long period of time can cause some extremely serious health problems. In addition to the short-term effects that can continuously occur with frequent use, there are many additional health problems that can occur as a result:

  • Dependence
  • Development of tolerance (resulting in higher dosing)
  • Abdominal distention and bloating
  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage due to hypoxia (can be a result of respiratory depression)
  • Brain losing its ability to fight discomfort on its own
  • Increase risk of infectious diseases (from needle when using heroin)

Psychological Effects

One’s unfortunate path to opioid addiction can vary. Sometimes dependence can start with receiving a prescription for pain, which can spiral to addiction. Sometimes it’s a byproduct of ineffective coping from anxiety or depression.

Opioid abuse has actually been linked to higher rates of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder symptoms. Studies have also shown that some people who never had a history of depression prior to taking prescription opioids for pain were at much greater risk for being diagnosed with depression.

Other adverse psychological effects include:

  • Mood swings
  • Agitation
  • Lowered motivation
  • Poor coordination
  • Sleep problems
  • Poor decision-making

Opiate Dependence Treatment Options

A range of opiate dependence treatments exist for heroin and opiate pain pill addiction, including medications and behavioral therapies. Treatment usually begins with medically assisted detox to help patients withdraw from the opiates safely and comfortably.

Medications such as Lycemyra (lofexidine) Clonidine can be used to help minimize symptoms of withdrawal. However, detox alone is not a comprehensive treatment and hasn’t been shown to be effective in preventing relapse – it’s just the first step.

Vivitrol Injection

Vivitrol

Vivitrol is the first and only non-addictive drug approved by the FDA to prevent opioid dependence after patients have gone through opioid detoxification. This is an injectable time released form of naltrexone that is taken once a month. It acts on the brain’s receptors for pleasure, blocking the receptor’s ability to gain any reaction from chemicals such as heroin or opiate pain pills.

When opioids like heroin or pain pills are in your body, they send signals to the brain’s reward system, creating a euphoric feeling that can lead to addiction. Vivitrol blocks these signals.

Vivitrol Characteristics:

  • This treatment is not addictive
  • It does not lead to physical dependence
  • Doesn’t replace or act as a substitute for opioids
  • It does not provide pain relief
  • It does not create a “high”

The Bridge Device

The Bridge is the first device FDA cleared for helping reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

Dr. Taca and the staff at INSynergy pioneered the development and were the first to use the Bridge specifically in opioid withdrawal. His data and article, featured in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, made way for FDA clearance in the space of opioid withdrawal.

Bridge DeviceThe Bridge device is a small electrical nerve stimulator placed behind the patient’s ear. It contains a battery-powered chip that emits electrical pulses to stimulate branches of certain cranial nerves.

Such stimulations may provide relief from opioid withdrawal symptoms. Patients can use the device for up to five days during the acute physical withdrawal phase.

Opioid withdrawal causes acute physical withdrawal symptoms including sweating, gastrointestinal upset, agitation, insomnia and joint pain. The Bridge can help with one of the most challenging aspects of overcoming an opioid addiction – the pain during the initial detox.

It interferes with pain signals from the spine and brain and is easy to install in the office.

The INSynergy-Bridge protocol is a process that uses The Bridge Device as a tool to comfortably transition to Vivitrol.

INSynergy can assist with a painless detox from heroin and opiate pain pills. Once detoxed, new options can be offered for blocking the effects of heroin and opiate pain pills. We can help prevent relapse with new FDA approved medications designed for the treatment of heroin and opiate pain pill addictions.