More commonly referred to as opiates, opioids are drugs or medications generally used for pain relief. These drugs usually include hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, codeine. Although these drugs are used to block the pain signal from reaching the brain, some of these are also used to suppress the cough.
When taking opioids for a long time, some people get opioid addiction, while many may develop a dependency on these drugs after recreationally abusing illegal opioids like heroin. This addiction can become so severe that when the individual’s body does not receive this particular substance, he may experience a variety of painful physical and psychological symptoms.
As with other substance abuse recovery treatments, detox is typically the first step in the recovery treatment. The opioid detox process involves getting rid of opioid substances from the addicted person’s body. The treatment should be carried out in a controlled and medically supervised environment. The intense withdrawal symptoms call for medical detox. But, as with other substance abuse recovery treatments, detox alone is not the complete cure. It further requires additional treatment like counseling for maintaining and living a sober life.