Opioids are drugs used for treating pain which, because of their ability to produce euphoria, are addictive and subject to abuse. Medical intervention is almost always necessary in extricating patients from this addiction. Detoxification involves serious withdrawal symptoms, though these symptoms may be mitigated by the use of opioid replacement medications.
Being successfully weaned from opioids must be a carefully supervised, gradual process since patients are dealing with both medical and behavioral issues. In order for patients to successfully complete an opioid detoxification program, they must be prepared to follow the necessary protocol, including personal transparency and compliance with regulations.