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While their intended purpose is to treat severe and/or acute pain, opiates (or opioids) are highly addictive narcotics that have ensnared many people in an endless loop of addiction and abuse. Millions of people around the country suffer from opiate addiction and are trapped in that addiction by the fact that opioid withdrawal and recovery can be a very difficult journey.
These drugs can cause physical dependence. This means that a person relies on the drug to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Over time, more of the drug is needed for the same effect. This is known as drug tolerance and is the reason why an opiate detox center is so important for a successful withdrawal from opiates.
How long it takes to become physically dependent varies with each person, but withdrawal from opioids is a relatively uniform affair.
Withdrawal from opiates can occur any time long-term use is stopped or cut back.
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Opioid types can vary, but mostly include:
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Meperidine (Demerol)
- Oxycodone (Percocet or Oxycontin)
Late symptoms of withdrawal include:
-Abdominal cramping -Diarrhea -Dilated pupils -Goosebumps -Nausea -Vomiting
Early symptoms of withdrawal include:
-Agitation -Anxiety -Muscle aches -Increased tearing -Insomnia -Runny nose -Sweating -Yawning
These symptoms are very uncomfortable but are not life-threatening. Symptoms usually start within 12 hours of the last heroin use and within 30 hours of last methadone exposure. While opioid withdrawal is, again, not life-threatening, it is not something one should manage on their own. A successful recovery journey from opioid addiction will always begin at an opiate detox facility.
Exams and Tests
Upon admission, our health care team will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history and drug use.
Urine or blood tests will be utilized to screen for drugs active within your system at the time of admission.
Opiate Withdrawal Treatment
Withdrawal from these drugs on your own can be very hard and may be dangerous. Treatment most often involves medicines, counseling, and support. All of these are integral elements of your personalized treatment plan at Compass Detox.
Methadone relieves withdrawal symptoms and helps with detox. It is also used as a long-term maintenance medicine for opioid dependence. After a period of maintenance, the dose may be decreased slowly over a long period of time. This helps reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
Buprenorphine (Subutex) treats withdrawal from opiates, and it can shorten the length of opioid detox. It may also be used for long-term maintenance, like methadone. Buprenorphine may be combined with Naloxone (Bunavail, Suboxone, Zubsolv), which helps prevent dependence and misuse.
Clonidine is used to help reduce the side effects of opioid withdrawal, like anxiety, agitation, muscle aches, sweating, runny nose, and cramping. It does not help reduce cravings.
Naltrexone can help prevent relapse. It is available in pill form or as an injection. It also, however, can bring about a sudden and severe withdrawal if taken while opioids are still in your system. So, it is very important that you be honest with our staff about your last opioid use and the like.
Other medicines are sometimes prescribed during opioid withdrawal that can treat vomiting and diarrhea, as well as help with sleep.
Start the Journey to Recovery
Get yourself or your loved one the help they need. At Compass Detox, our state-of-the-art facility, dedicated staff, and expertise with medical detox are all elements that make our facility the ideal setting for opiate detox. If you are not sure how to get started and even if you aren't sure that you are ready for treatment, give us a call. Our experienced addiction specialists and admissions team can answer any questions you may have about addiction detox and treatment. Call Today!