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Is It Time for Opioid Detox? Take the Quiz

If you’ve developed a habit of regular opioid misuse, you may require detoxification before you are able to begin treatment safely.

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as prescription pain relievers like fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and many others. These drugs interact with nerve receptors in the body and brain and produce euphoria and pain relief. For medical use, they are first prescribed by a physician for treatment of ongoing pain. When used as prescribed and for a brief period, they are a highly effective means of pain relief.

The unfortunate consequence of taking this type of drug is that they are highly susceptible to dependency or addiction. If opioids are misused, taken in a way not prescribed by a physician, or taken in larger quantities than recommended, a person can become dependent on them. The time it takes to become dependent on opioids differs from person to person, but opioid dependence can occur in as little as five days. Although dependence is different from addiction, it is still a serious issue and needs to be addressed and treated carefully. Overdose and even death can occur. Fortunately, dependency can be treated with the help of buprenorphine and buprenorphine with naloxone, more commonly known by the brand name Suboxone.

We can help you detox from drugs and alcohol in a safe, successful manner.

Types of Opioid Detox and Rehabilitation Programs

There are several types of opioid detox and rehab programs available to fit the differing needs of individuals experiencing opioid dependency.

Options to consider include the location, level of care, and type of program:

  • Inpatient treatment (at a clinic). This option provides 24-hour medical and psychiatric care while you are withdrawing from opioid dependency. Inpatient treatment is often ideal because you are separated from the drug and the temptation to use.
  • Outpatient treatment (reporting to a clinic). Each day you will report to a Suboxone clinic in your area to receive medication and counseling but return home between visits.
  • Outpatient treatment (through a doctor’s office). Working with your doctor and/or medication management team, you will receive the medication and regular evaluations as needed.
  • Luxury or executive facilities. Luxury facilities provide you with the treatment you need as well as extra care such as nutrition support, massage, and spa services. With executive facilities, you will be able to continue working during treatment.
  • Holistic programs. These programs make an effort to treat the body, mind, and spirit. They address the entire person and help in multiple content areas to help you pursue overall health.
  • 12-Step programs. These programs consist of structured support groups with strong social support. These programs are free and are considered group fellowship programs.
  • Non-12-Step programs. This option is like a 12-step program but more focused on scientific and evidence-based approaches to recovery.

Our Substance Use Disorder Services

Do you or a loved one need help detoxing from opioids, alcohol, or another drug?

Our medically-assisted substance use disorder services help treat you every step of the way.

The first step to treatment is an evaluation. One of our licensed providers will perform a private and thorough medical evaluation and work with you to create a successful treatment plan.

Your program may include:

For more information about our services, contact us today at

1 (505) 884-1114

Our mission at Sage Neuroscience Center is to create collaborative teams of healthcare providers to engage those we serve to achieve sustainable wellness.

The Expert: Sage Behavioral Health Blog