People who abuse or are addicted to opiate drugs such as heroin, codeine, and morphine are at risk for many serious side effects that range from dry mouth and a low sex drive to accidental overdose and problems with the lungs and heart.
These problems highlight the need to stop using opiates in a destructive manner. While an alternative rehab program like True Recovery’s can help people learn to stay away from opiates, people can face many complications prior to reaching that point.
The act of stopping the drug can be one of the largest challenges, as it may trigger intense withdrawal symptoms. These can be difficult to overcome and require one to detox from opiates under the care of a medical professional.
Opiate Detox Withdrawal Timeline
Within 12 hours of the last use of most opiates, one can start to develop the first symptoms of withdrawal. It is important that the family and friends of opiate users appreciate what their loved ones go through as they detox from opiates.
Additionally, people who are addicted to opiates should understand what to expect during detox. Opiates that have been chronically abused can cause withdrawal symptoms such as agitation, anxiety, insomnia, sweating, and muscle aches.
Withdrawal symptoms that turn up later can include abdominal cramping, vomiting, dilated pupils, and goosebumps.
When doctors at True Recovery’s detox center treat people who are in withdrawal, they must first make a diagnosis based on a physical exam.
This is important to confirm that one is actually in withdrawal, that there are no health concerns that could be problematic, and that an opiate was used. Once this has been determined, treatment may begin.
Opiate detox centers typically use medication to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal. The type of medication depends on the symptoms that one is having as well as their intensity.
Additionally, some medications may even shorten the length that it takes to detox. After one has completed their detox, opiates may still be tempting, putting one at risk of relapsing. In addition, one’s tolerance for the drug will have decreased, and this puts a person at risk for accidental overdose.
For this reason, it is important that one does not think of their time in detox as rehab. After completing detox, it is necessary to get to the root of your addiction at a treatment center such as True Recovery.
Following a successful detox, we will step in to make the transition from our detox facility to our main treatment facility as seamless as possible. We accept clients whether they have relapsed and need further time in rehab or they’ve finished detox for the first time.
True Recovery’s extended-care and sober living programs offer a safe, comfortable, and effective rehab experience.
We provide individualized care that’s designed to help our clients manage without opiates, discover their true calling in life, and set goals for their recovery and their future success.
Through addiction counseling and treatments that range from holistic to traditional, our clients are given all of the tools they need to control their cravings and live a drug-free life. Fill out our contact form or call today to speak with an admissions counselor.