Epidemiologie studies show that opioid addiction affects nearly one million people and their families a year. This self-destructive public health problem prevails in all socioeconomic classes of American society. Opioid dependency is complex, involving physiological, psychological, genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors. The complicated nature of opioid addiction requires unique treatment approaches and knowledgeable professionals working with substance abuse populations.

Typically, detoxification is a crucial first step in the treatment of opioid dependency. Although risk of death is virtually absent, the withdrawal syndrome from opioids can be intensely symptomatic and drawn out, including when pharmacologie agents are utilized to manage withdrawal. Because withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly distressing, some individuals will terminate the detoxification process, and many will return to illicit opioid use. Other individuals will avoid ...

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