Anesthesia Assisted Opium Detoxification, Ohio
Opium is an addictive substance derived from the opium poppy plant. Opium can be taken on its own, but it is also used to manufacture other highly addictive drugs, including morphine and heroin. People have been able to extract opium from the poppy plant since ancient times, but it wasn't used to manufacture other drugs until more recently. Although opium isn't typically prescribed by doctors, many of its derivatives are commonly used to treat patients who are experiencing moderate to severe pain. Opium is typically sold on the street in the form of powder, which can be injected, eaten or smoked.
Because opium is used to produce medications that doctors frequently prescribe for pain, some people mistakenly believe that opium is safe for recreational use. However, even though opium isn't as potent as some of its derivatives, it can still be very addictive and dangerous when taken in excess. If you consume opium for an extended period of time, you may build up a tolerance to the drug, which means that you will need to continue increasing your dose in order to feel the same effect. Eventually, you may be taking an unsafe dose, which can lead to serious side effects and complications.
If you or someone you know is addicted to opium or one of its derivatives, medical intervention is necessary. With proper treatment, patients can overcome their dependency and move on with their lives. One of the most effective forms of treatment for opium addiction is Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification, or AAD. Under the AAD program, patients will progress through the worst part of their detox while under general anesthesia. This allows the patient to complete the process more quickly and with fewer uncomfortable side effects. To learn more about the AAD program, contact Mid Ohio Detox today or review the information found under the "Treatments" menu option on our website.