Opiates are highly addictive substances which are named so as they are all synthesised from the plant of opium poppy. Some of the materials synthesised are heroin, morphine and thebaine among others. These work on the central nervous system making the human brain unreceptive to pain and stress. Naturally they are used as painkillers and are the most commonly abused prescription drug. Some forms of the semi synthetic opiates are hydromorphone, oxycodone and the synthetic drugs are fentalyn, methadone.
The body has a natural substance which manages the pain reception telling the brain of the pain and pleasure being felt by the human body. When users take these opiates, they act as endorphins relieving the human body of pain and giving the body a synthetic feeling of pleasure. Over a period of time, the endorphins stop synthesising and the body assumes that the human being will add the endorphins on its own by the use of opiates. Over a period of time the body gets used to the quantity of the opiates and to experience the same amount of pleasure, body needs a greater dosage.
Also when a user tries to stop taking the opiates, user experiences extreme amounts of pain, nausea, diarrhoea, mental fatigue and loss of energy. This is due to the fact that the body has stopped producing endorphins naturally and the human brain gets to experience a cocktail of emotions and thus it revolts. This process can be extremely painful.
What is the 24 hour Opiate Detox:
In 1988, Austrian Physicist Norbert Loimer while studying the effects of opium withdrawal, came up with a method to effectively quicken the withdrawal symptoms which used to last for months, could be completed in 24 hours. This method would effectively lessen the time of the withdrawal symptoms for the users and thus giving them relatively zero chance of relapse. This is so that most of the abusers understand that they are addicted but cannot leave for the fear of the pain which they have to endure and thus go back to doing drugs.
How does it work?
In this process the opium withdrawal symptoms are quickened and made to occur in a matter of days. This way the users did not have to suffer intense amounts of pains.
In the 24-hour opiate detox, the addicts are injected with an intravenous form of opiate blocker called Naloxone, derived from naltrexone. This way an acute detoxification occurs. However, since the detoxification process is quickened, the pain and the withdrawal symptoms also increase by the same margin. This is handled by sedating the patient. Effectively completing the opium withdrawal in one day with relatively no effect on the users as they are sedated.
- Quick Detoxification: The process which takes months to carry on, is carried out in the period of 24 hours.
- Zero Chances of Relapse: The users have a minimal chance of relapsing as the major reason why they relapse is due to the fact that they cannot withstand the excruciatingly long period of detoxification.
No Suffering: As the users are sedated during this period, they do not undergo any suffering at all. This is one of the primary reasons for opium abuse.