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Government Left Heroin Addicts Hopeless

For almost a century, South Florida detox centers and doctors have been limited in their ability to help opiate (heroin, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, morphine, Codeine, Demerol, Fentanyl, etc.) addicts. The "Harrison Narcotic Act of 1914" was designed as a tax act, but was interpreted by the Supreme Court to prohibit the prescription of opiates to opiate addicts, even if for treatment. Thereafter, the tapering of opiate dosage to ease the pain of withdrawal was illegal, leaving opiate addicts feeling hopeless about ever getting off of their opiate of choice. Until recently their has almost always been a healthy stigma attached to opiate addiction. Not only society's general consenses was "Once a heroin addict, always a heroin addict." Even opiate addicts themselves, also felt that it was useless to attempt to detox, because heroin addicts just don't get clean. At South Florida Natural Drug Detox Center, we have created a program called Opiate Detox Florida. This program will help you realize that there is a detox program that can work for you. For more information on our Opiate Detox Florida - Treatment Program, please click here to contact us.

Methadone Misunderstood

The one exception to the "Harrison Act" was and still is Methadone. When used properly, Methadone can be an effective replacement drug for heroin. However, the idea of maintaining addicts on a substitute drug led the Federal Government to restrict methadone so tight that the drug can only be prescribed by special Methadone clinics. These clinics vary widely in the quality of care they provide. In addition, Methadone causes euphoria (a high), which quite frankly, a large number of heroin addicts thought was as pleasurable as heroin or maybe even better. It also was legal, therefore easily accessable at the clinic each day, so many detox clients thought, "Why not get on the maintenance program, what's the harm? For more information on opiate detox in Florida, please click here to contact us.

The harm is, methadone maintenance clients eventually reach a daily dose and/or a length of time addictted to the powerful, long acting and very addictive, synthetic drug, where it is nearly impossible to ever successfully detox from the Methadone, as it's withdrawal symptoms have been reported to be 10 times more severe than heroin detox symptoms, with some of the later, less severe symptoms lasting sometimes as long as 3 to 4 months in duration, compared to the 7 to 10 days of symptoms that an average heroin addiction can produce. The combination of these factors has limited the effectiveness of Methadone not only for maintenance, but has also rendered methadone almost useless for detoxification purposes. For more information on our Opiate Detox Florida - Treatment Program, please click here to contact us.

Suboxone™ - A Pain Free Opiate Detox

The "Drug Abuse Treatment Act of 2000" reversed the "Harrison Act's" restrictions and allows DEA approved physicians to prescribe Suboxone™ for opiate addicts to ease the severe withdrawal symptoms opiate detox can produce. Suboxone™ is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. The buprenorphine masks these severe withdrawal symptoms to the extent that it provides a nearly pain-free opiate detox for all opiate substances. Whereas opiates like heroin, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Codeine and even Methadone are opioid receptor agonists - meaning they fully bind opioid receptors - buprenorphine is a partial opioid receptor agonist. Naloxone was added to Suboxone™ to prevent the misuse of the medication. In proper dosage, this gives Suboxone™ the ability to relieve the symptoms of opiate withdrawal symptoms without producing the euphoria (high) of the full agonist drugs like Methadone. For more information on our Opiate Detox Florida - Treatment Program, please click here to contact us.

The patient is normally stabilized (determine the dose of Suboxone™ that makes the patient comfortable) in 24-48 hours after induction and experiences very little, if any discomfort during stabilization. Then, he or she is titrated (stepped down) to no drugs over the next 7-12 days.

Finally, physicians and detox centers can use Suboxone™ to provide a safe and comfortable detox for opiate addicted patients, making "cold-turkey" heroin, Vicodin, Oxycontin and methadone detox a thing of the past.

This article was taken from here (http://www.alcoholdrug-detox.com/Suboxonedetox.htm)

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