Opiates are drugs that are obtained legally as prescription painkillers or by illegal means for recreational use. People who abuse them over a lengthy period are at risk of building up a tolerance that can eventually turn into physical dependence. When a person who is physically dependent on an opiate attempts to suddenly stop taking the drug, they experience a set of serious and unpleasant symptoms. These symptoms of opiate withdrawal are severe and occur as the body attempts to return to normal. Because of these effects, people will often start using the drug again to escape the discomfort associated with opiate withdrawal symptoms.
When Does Withdrawal Begin?
In as few as four to six hours after one stops taking the drug, the first signs of one’s withdrawal from opiates may begin. For the first 24 to 72 hours, the symptoms are at their strongest. After this initial phase of discomfort, the intensity subsides, but it doesn’t go away entirely for up to 10 days. In some cases, certain symptoms may last for months.
Early symptoms of withdrawal can include anxiety, muscle pain, and an inability to sleep. During the later stage of symptoms, one should expect nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. One may have dilated pupils, goosebumps, and a strong craving for the drug. The intensity of one’s opiate withdrawal symptoms is generally affected by one’s history with the drug, such as how much of it was taken, when it was taken, and for what length of time. Despite how unpleasant withdrawal can be, it typically does not cause death.
Because withdrawal from opiates can be severe, chronic abusers should not attempt to stop taking the drug without professional care. Generally, this involves detoxification. One can detox at a rehab facility or a hospital under the treatment of medical professionals. Typically, opiate detox involves treatment using medication to help make the symptoms more tolerable and potentially shorten the length of one’s withdrawal.
How True Recovery Can Help
True Recovery wants to help make sure that opiate addiction remains a part of your past. That means giving our clients the skills to remain opiate-free; however, someone who is suffering from the symptoms of opiate withdrawal must first get the proper treatment before they can move forward with addiction recovery. Detoxification is the first move one will need to make toward recovery, and at True Recovery, we can make arrangements for clients to receive care at a detox facility that is accredited and licensed to provide the medical attention that is necessary to treat withdrawal. After one’s successful detoxification, we’ll make the transition from the detox center to True Recovery as seamless as possible. At our facility, we’ll help you through your addiction recovery courtesy of our intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP), and you can also take advantage of a comfortable yet structured sober living environment. Through addiction counseling and individualized treatments with our highly trained staff, we help our clients learn how to overcome their cravings for opiates by guiding them as they set goals, discover their passions in life, and gain the skills and confidence to make those passions a reality.
True Recovery is ready to help people whether it is their first time seeking care after opiate withdrawal or they’ve previously gone through the experience. We also accept most insurance plans: To ensure that we accept your coverage, fill out our simple online verification form. If you still have questions about how we can help people who are experiencing withdrawal from opiates, fill out our contact form or simply call today to speak with someone right away.