What To Expect During Opioid Withdrawal
- Soreness and aching in muscles and bones
- Sinus issues
- Fatigue and loss of energy
- Agitation, restlessness, irritability
- Sweats and chills
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Withdrawal Symptoms Depend On
As mentioned previously, not every individual will experience the same symptoms of withdrawal. There are various factors that determine how severe the withdrawal symptoms may be and how long the detox process will take. Depending on the response to the following items, withdrawal may be longer, more severe, shorter, or less severe.
Factors to consider include:
- How long a person has been dependent on opiates
- Highly stressful and uncertain or dangerous environments
- The type of opiate
- The frequency and severity of opiate abuse
- Underlying medical conditions, mental or physical
The Withdrawal Timeline
Opioid drug withdrawal usually adheres to a specific timeline, although there is variation. In general, the withdrawal symptoms typically hit their apex within 48-72 hours and subside within a period of 5 to 10 days. The onset, duration, and intensity of withdrawal symptoms will be different for each person, but the general opiate withdrawal timeline includes the following:
- 8-12 hours – Anxiety, agitation, watery eyes, runny nose, and increased sweating.
- 12-24 hours – Nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, goosebumps, and dilated pupils.
- 36-72 hours – Symptoms peak and then gradually subside over the next few days.
How Long Does Opioids Withdrawal Last?
The period and extent of withdrawal symptoms also depend on whether the opioid is long-acting or short-acting. Heroin is relatively short-acting compared to other opiates, therefore, heroin withdrawal symptoms appear just hours after the last dose and may last for a shorter time period. Longer lasting opioids might require a detox of weeks in length to extricate one’s self from.
Signs of Opioid Addiction
With the number of opioid prescriptions written every day, it isn’t uncommon for an individual to be unaware of their own addiction. These are a few things to look for in yourself or a loved one to find out if they are abusing opioids and in need of an opiate detox program. Sometimes an individual realizes that they are dependent or addicted to opioids before their family does, but sometimes it is a family or friend that catches on first, and hopefully they will have the courage to intervene.
What to Expect from Our Opioid Detox Center
At Level Up Treatment West Palm beach, we are here to help people stop suffering, successfully complete the opioid detox process and to address psychological, physical, and spiritual issues connected to drug abuse. Expert doctors, nurses, therapists, spiritual counselors and cases managers will be with you throughout the recovery process to ensure you have the support you need, every step of the way.
This Is Hope, and the possibility of a new life!
If you or a loved one is dealing with addiction to opioids or opiates of any kind, contact our team at Level Up Treatment West Palm Beach to begin your recovery today!