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Opiate Detox Centers in Austin, TX

It seems as if no part of the country is immune to the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic. There were 1,375 opioid-related overdose deaths in Texas in 2016. Makana Path is located in Austin, Texas. We are a facility that is licensed by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to provide residential detoxification and intensive residential treatment.

As testimony to the overall increase in opioid use, the number of heroin-related deaths has grown. The number rose by nearly 51% between 2010 and 2016, an increase from 260 to 530. The number of deaths attributed to synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, grew from 156 to 250, or 60%, during the same timeframe. If you or a loved one is facing an addiction to opiates, inpatient opiate detox centers like Makana Path can offer a treatment plan that is individualized for you.

 Opiate withdrawal symptoms are not usually life-threatening, but they can be very uncomfortable. This warrants the reason for medical detox from opiates. As with any addictive substance, the detoxification process should not be attempted at home. Inpatient opiate detox centers are where you or your loved one can be guided and monitored during the process.


Opiates cause your brain to release endorphins. These endorphins cause you to feel happy. Because of this gratifying “high,” opiates are very addicting. What may begin as a controlled prescription to a pain killer may result in an addiction to that drug or one similar to it.

 The indications that you or your loved one have become addicted to an opiate can be physical, psychological, or behavioral. The signs of addiction will vary for each person. The severity of the addiction will be affected by how long the abuse has taken place, the frequency of use of the opiate, and the amount of opiate that is being taken.

Physical Signs of Opiate Addiction

  • Sweating
  • A loss of coordination
  • Breathing that is shallow or slow
  • Intense nausea or vomiting
  • Shaking
  • Speech that is slurred
  • Signs of drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent flu-like symptoms

Psychological Signs of Opiate Addiction

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Drastic mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Anger issues
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions

Behavioral Signs of Opiate Addiction

  • Lowered motivation
  • Spending less time with family and loved ones
  • Abandoning responsibilities
  • Poor decision making
  • Financial hardship
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Attempting to stop or cut down on opioid use but not being able to
  • Making mistakes at school or on the job

Recover With Us


Opiate use should not be stopped suddenly. Withdrawal symptoms can pose potentially dangerous complications, and Makana Path’s medical opiate detox can help you begin to heal physically, mentally and spiritually. Call 1-866-905-4550 to speak with an Admissions Counselor.


An addiction to any type of drug can have a devastating effect on your body. Opiate addiction is no different. There are many short and long-term effects of opiate addiction. Some examples include:

  • Dehydration
  • Pneumonia
  • Cirrhosis
  • Abscesses on the skin
  • Heart problems
  • Liver disease
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior
  • Respiratory infections
  • Coma

Unfortunately, an addiction to opiates may also lead to an overdose, which can result in death. Like most inpatient opiate detox centers, Makana Path offers treatment programs that focus on therapy, exercise, and establishing healthy eating habits. We believe that by treating the whole body, the goal of maintaining a sober lifestyle is much more obtainable.

Common Opiates That Lead to Addiction

Opiates change the way the brain reacts to pain stimuli, producing a “high” that disrupts the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. Extended use of an opiate can alter brain chemistry, leading to physical and psychological dependence. Over time, the body may not feel “normal” unless the substance is present in your body.

Opiates are a drug that is related to opium. Opium is found in the opium poppy plant and causes many effects on the brain. This form of the drug can block or reduce the number of pain signals that are sent to the brain. The reduction in pain signals is what causes an opiate to be a good pain killer. It is also what causes opiates to be highly addictive as well.

There are many types of opiates. The familiar ones that may lead to addiction include:

  • Fentanyl
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Methadone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Opium
  • Heroin
  • Codeine
  • Sufentanil
  • Tramadol
opiate withdrawal symptoms


The withdrawal symptoms for opiate addiction aren’t as similar to those for other substances. The average length of time for the detox process is three to five days. Physical withdrawal symptoms occur in early and late stages. The psychological symptoms of withdrawal are persistent. 

For these reasons, this is why our trained staff at Makana Path takes a highly targeted approach to alleviating opiate withdrawal discomfort.

Symptoms of opiate withdrawal can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety/irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tremors (shaking)
  • Feeling cold
  • Diarrhea

Relief from the symptoms of withdrawal from opiates is a priority at Makana Path. You or your loved one’s successful recovery is our primary goal. The use of opiates should not be stopped suddenly. Withdrawal symptoms can pose potentially dangerous complications. Makana Path’s medical inpatient opiate detox program can help you begin to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually at a pace that is right for you.


The physical, behavioral, and mental opiate withdrawal symptoms aren’t as severe as compared with withdrawal from other substances. However, the symptoms from withdrawal can be overwhelming enough to trigger a relapse. The threat of relapse alone can be life-threatening.

Opiate withdrawal varies from person to person, and the exact course of treatment depends on many different factors. Those factors can include:

  • History and severity of addiction: the length of time the opiate has been taken, as well as the type of opiate
  • Amount consumed: this can affect the severity of the withdrawal symptoms
  • Medical history: a history of medical issues can complicate the withdrawal process
  • Family history: a history of drug use in the family may determine the psychological need for the opiate
  • Physical health: treatment plans need to incorporate a process to re-establish your overall health for detox to be successful
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders: it may be necessary to not only treat the opiate addiction but also treat a mental health problem that caused the opiate addiction to occur

Medications Used In the Detox Process

The use of medical detox from opiates helps to reduce the symptoms of the detoxification process. Medication that reduces the severity of withdrawal symptoms can be used in the process. Methadone and buprenorphine are two medications that are used to treat these symptoms. 

Clonidine and Naltrexone are also used in the process of medical detox from opiates. The purpose of clonidine is to help reduce anxiety, agitation, muscle aches, sweating, runny nose, and cramping. Naltrexone is prescribed to help prevent relapse.

Daily Sessions With Medical Team

The medical team at Makana Path will meet with you or your loved one on a daily basis. Discussions will focus on both medical and therapeutic issues. It is important to us that we focus on maintaining your motivation to continue the treatment process. Your medical team at Makana Path will also discuss the next steps after detoxification, as well as available therapy options.

Nutritional Needs

Balanced meals are especially important during the detoxification process. Individual dietary needs are assessed when you or your loved one undergoes the initial evaluation at Makana Path. We feel that as a part of the healing process, it is essential to have a healthy, nutritious diet.

Monitoring For Complications

Makana Path’s inpatient opiate detox program eases withdrawal symptoms. We also take great care while monitoring you or your loved ones to watch for any complications from the withdrawal process. Our facility’s home-like setting and around-the-clock medical and clinical staff care will help you or your loved one feel safe and comfortable.


Detox alone can not help you or your loved one recover when struggling with a substance use disorder. There is an opportunity to immediately transition into practical programming once you or your loved one has completed the early steps in the detox process. At this stage, you can take advantage of mental health support and other services.

We offer services such as:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Clinical services
  • 12-Step programming
  • Case management
  • Aftercare planning

We believe that this is the step where true healing begins. Mental health support is a critical component of the opiate detox program at Makana Path. This process helps you manage the psychological side effects that can trigger a relapse and plan for your next phase of treatment.


We are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us today to speak with an admissions counselor. You will find that we have strong beliefs at Makana Path. If you or your loved one is ready to commit to a life free from opiate addiction, we can help.