Opium Withdrawal Treatment Center
Opium is a ‘depressant’ type drug—the opposite of a stimulant. Depressant substances reduce stimulation and arousal, slowing down messages traveling between your brain and body. Opium comes from the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum L.), one of the oldest plants to have recorded use in medicine.
What is opium?There is evidence of Sumerian people using the opium plant back in 3400BCE. Some historians believe the use of opium by humans began even earlier. Opium poppy pods contain a milky liquid called latex, or ‘poppy tears’. This substance is made up of a number of chemicals, including morphine and codeine. Opium is created by extracting the latex from the poppy pods and drying it. Often it is refined further by boiling and drying again.
Once the opium has been extracted from the plant, it forms as a strong-smelling, sticky brown gum. It can be further manufactured into a liquid or powder. Opium may be smoked or consumed. Opium is also used to create heroin.
Street names for opium include Aunti Emma, Big O, Dopium, and Midnight Oil. The traditional long, thin style of opium pipe used to smoke the drug is known as a ‘dream stick’. Opium is similar to other types of opioids such as buprenorphine, fentanyl, methadone, and oxycodone.
The first law to control drugs in the United States was a San Francisco city ordinance passed in 1875 in an attempt to stop the spread of opium dens. No other national drug control laws existed in the United States until 1906 with the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act. More controls were put in place in 1914 with the Harrison Narcotics Act. This Act started the modern prescription system and scheduling of chemical substances that still exists today. Opium and cocaine were soon outlawed for non-medical use.
Effects of opiumThere is no ‘safe’ level of opium use, opioids always carry some risk. It’s important to be careful when taking any type of drug. Always follow your doctor’s prescription in regard to dosage amount and frequency.
Opium affects everyone differently, based on:
- Size, weight, and health
- Frequency of use
- Other drugs taken
- Dosage amount
Short term effects may include:
- Pain-relief (analgesia)
- Slower, shallower breathing
- Lower heart rate
- Impaired reflexes
- Temporary constipation
- Loss of appetite
Long-term effects from regular use of opium may cause:
- Tolerance (needing to use more to get the same effect)
- Dependence (needing to use more to avoid withdrawal symptoms)
- Loss of sex drive
- Irregular periods and difficulty having children (for women)
Mixing opium with other drugs
Prolonged use and/or abuse of opium may result in addiction. Regardless of its potency, every opioid has the potential to cause addiction and dependency. This is because every opioid affects the brain in the same way. The effect of opioids on the brain is called neuroadaptation.
Our body produces endorphins naturally as a response to various stimuli: pain, pleasure, stress, excitement, etc. Endorphins reduce pain and cause a feeling of relaxation. Opioids have the same effect—they affect endorphin receptors, causing the body to adapt over time and stop producing natural endorphins. As more opioids are introduced into the body, the more endorphin receptors are created, which in turn demand more opioids. This creates a self-perpetuating cycle of demand and supply. A person’s need for more opioids creates a powerful neuro-biological craving, a constant demand for more opioids.
Opium overdoseIf a person takes a large amount of opium, they may overdose. If you or another person are presenting symptoms of an opium overdose, please call an ambulance straight away. Ambulance officers don’t need to involve the police. Untreated overdose can lead to brain damage and death.
Symptoms of opium overdose:
- Very slow breathing
- Loss of consciousness
- Tiny pupils
Signs of opium abuse
Whether the opioids are prescription or illegal, if taken over a prolonged period of time, they often lead to addiction and abuse. Opioid abuse is a leading cause of drug overdose in the United States.
Some signs of opium abuse include:
- Slurred speech
- Short attention span
- Impaired judgment
- Dilated pupils
- Lack of coordination
- Apathetic behavior
Long term signs of opium abuse include:
- Lungs can suffer respiratory depression which may lead to slowed breathing.
- Digestive system can slow down, resulting in constipation.
- Chronic opiate abuse can increase sensitivity to pain.
- Immune system may become vulnerable due to reduced immune response.
- Daytime drowsiness may affect daytime activities like work or parenting.
- Increased risk of developing depression. Research has shown that people using opiates for 6 months or more had a 50% greater chance of having a depressive episode.
Opium withdrawal symptoms
Giving up opium after using it for a long time is challenging because the body must get used to functioning without it. Withdrawing from opium is similar to withdrawing from morphine.
Withdrawal symptoms usually start six to 24 hours after the last dose and can last around seven to ten days. These symptoms are described as flu-like, and can include:
- Anxiety, agitation, and restlessness.
- Depression and inability to feel pleasure.
- Paranoia and hallucinations.
- Difficulty focusing, concentrating, problem-solving, and making decisions.
- Insomnia and inability to sleep.
- Decreased energy level and yawning.
- Runny nose, watery eyes, and dilated pupils.
- Shallow breathing.
- Muscle aches and joint pain.
- Diarrhea and stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting.
- Hot and cold flashes, sweating, shivering, and trembling.
- Cravings for more opium.
Opium withdrawal timeline
The withdrawal process from opium abuse is often long and arduous, whether a person is trying to do it ‘cold turkey’ or under medical supervision.
Accelerated Neuro-Regulation or ANR treatment offers radically different results. The entire procedure lasts four to five hours, requiring a patient to stay in a specialized hospital for about 30 hours. There is no danger of relapse since the procedure treats the root causes of addiction on the physical, biological level.
Morphine is made from opium and as a result the withdrawal timeline and symptoms are very similar.
Detox from opium
Detox from opium and other opioids cannot be successful unless the patient understands that their dependence or addiction is a medical condition, rather than psychological. This physical disorder is caused by the breakdown of the body’s natural endorphin production. This system needs to balance itself again after being disrupted by the introduction of external opioids.
Opium dependence or addiction must be treated by modern medicine. This acute disorder has little to do with someone having an addictive personality. In fact, addictive tendencies are the result of patients trying to cope with their opioid dependency or addiction.
The physical causes of opioid addiction, these roots of addiction, stem from the fact that the more opioids are introduced into the body, the more endorphin receptors are produced. These additional receptors demand more opioids in a vicious cycle of depression and craving. Once we understand this, we also understand why fighting the addiction is so hard and why the pain of withdrawal is so vicious. The only way to stop it is to restore the endorphin receptor balance, bringing it back to its original state.
The understanding of this process (the modulation and regulation of the endorphin system) is the foundation of ANR treatment. ANR is the new standard of opioid withdrawal treatment—the only treatment that addresses the root of dependency.
Fast & rapid opium detox
In the ‘90s, Dr. Waismann radically changed withdrawal treatments and opioid detox by developing the concept of ‘rapid detox’. Thanks to Dr. Waismann’s success, this method was adopted by many opiate detox centers. Unfortunately, many treatment centers have been implementing rapid detox without the required information, knowledge, or experience for safe and effective treatment. As a consequence, rapid detox has a history of poor results and even serious health complications. Detox centers that still utilize rapid detox do not understand the crucial difference Dr. Waismann made between opioid addiction and opioid dependency, consequently not addressing the root cause of opioid dependency.
The ANR treatment is based on advanced scientific research and medical advancements, as well as 30 years of clinical work of Doctor Andre Waismann. It is Dr. Waismann who identified the biological and physical roots of opioid dependency in the ’90s. During his illustrious career, Dr. Waismann has given numerous lectures and educated health professionals all over the world. The success of Dr. Waismann’s ANR treatment is directly related to the ability to evaluate the balance of endorphin-receptors in each patient and being able to bring each individual to his or her optimal chemical balance.
ANR is the only treatment in the world that addresses the root of opioid addiction.
Opium addiction treatment
Opium dependence or addiction, like addiction to any other opioid, is a medically treatable, physical condition. When opium is used or abused for an extended period of time, the opioid receptors go through neuroadaptation. The natural production of endorphins is affected. The body develops a tolerance to the current dosage of opium and increased doses of opium are required for the same effect.
Neuroadaptation is a physical condition that causes a powerful craving for opium in order to feel balanced. When not enough opium is available, a person starts feeling withdrawal symptoms. At that point, a person becomes desperate for the drug—interpersonal and professional problems start to occur.
ANR therapy focuses on this biological lack of balance in the endorphin production system. The procedure starts with sedation. Then, an induced withdrawal to return the opioid receptors and endorphin production to a normal level for that person—the same level that existed before the person introduced opioids into their system.
The ANR method brings the central nervous system back into balance using an individualized approach based on each patient’s physical condition and endorphin-receptor balance. Once ANR achieves that balance, the biological causes for the opioid cravings are eliminated and the person is free of addiction without the danger of relapse. The treatment is carried out under sedation to eliminate the discomfort from the withdrawal symptoms.
Opium rehabilitation through ANR
The ANR procedure itself, including dealing with withdrawal symptoms and the opium addiction treatment lasts for about five hours. It requires the patient to be hospitalized for a period of about 30 hours. In the US the treatment takes place at Landmark Hospital in Naples, Florida.
Treatment begins with checking into the ANR unit of the hospital. The patients are medically evaluated, undergo full laboratory screening, and a clinical examination before the treatment can commence.
The medical evaluation includes checking various aspects such as:
- Blood pressure
- Electrolyte levels
- Liver functions
- Kidney functions
- Blood count
A patient receives pre-medication during this period to prepare them for the procedure. Once preparations are complete, the patient is placed under total sedation and monitored for four to five hours by the intensive care nurses, anesthesiologists, and Dr. Waismann himself.
During this treatment phase, the body’s opioid receptors are cleansed and blocked with Naltrexone according to the patient’s specific receptor status. The ANR treatment is carefully tailored for each individual.
The patient goes through all their withdrawal symptoms while under sedation. This allows them to be relieved of their opioid dependency without suffering the unpleasant and painful opioid withdrawal symptoms. The process continues until the patient’s endorphin system is balanced, the withdrawal symptoms are eliminated, and there is no more need for sedation. About 4 – 5 hours.
The recovery starts right after the patient is awakened. He or she will continue to be evaluated and observed overnight. The medical staff continues with medical adjustments to the patients’ endorphin-receptor balance during the phase as required.
Patients are asked to remain at the hospital for one or two days after treatment in order to be monitored while they are recovering. The patients at that time receive medical advice and are encouraged to regain their strength while their body continues to return to its natural rate of endorphin production. Patients are then discharged from the hospital free of opioid dependence, to enjoy a normal life without any opioid cravings and the danger of relapse.
Dr. Waismann’s Accelerated Neuroregulation addresses opioid dependency and addiction from a modern scientific and medical perspective. He brought the treatment of opioid addiction into a new era, giving hope to thousands of victims of opioid abuse. At the same time, he destroyed the conventional approach to opioid dependence and addiction treatment that include replacement therapy, long-term in-house rehabilitation, and detoxification.
Dr. Waismann has replaced tradition with the new standard of opioid dependence and addiction treatment—Accelerated Neuroregulation (ANR). More than 24,000 patients worldwide are witnesses to the uncompromising success and safety standards of ANR.
Opium rehab centers
ANR treatment in the USA is performed at Landmark Hospital, an ultra-modern facility in Naples, Florida. The construction of the 50-bed critical care hospital was finished in 2015. It is equipped with ICU facilities adapted for the ANR procedure, with access to all the relevant medical equipment that might be required for the treatment of even the most complex conditions.
ANR Europe is located in Thun, Switzerland. Work is underway to establish a state-of-the-art facility and train a medical team on the ANR procedure. The idyllic town of Thun is located at the confluence of the Aare River and Lake Thun, 19 miles south of Bern.
ANR Clinic Georgia is located at the New Vision University Hospital in Tbilisi, Georgia. The local team of medical professionals has been extensively trained and supervised by Dr. Waismann.
As the number of facilities that offer codeine withdrawal services around the world grows, it is essential to remember that these facilities offer a treatment that is extremely fast and highly efficient. It offers not only the relief from the withdrawal symptoms but permanent freedom from the codeine dependency. One short stay at the facility ensures that each patient can return home to a healthy life.
Contact ANR Clinic today to learn more about our revolutionary, evidence-based care methods that minimize codeine withdrawal symptoms.