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Opiate Withdrawal Timeline: What To Expect

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Opiate Withdrawal TimelineOpiate withdrawal can happen after prolonged use of an opioid drug. Some people experience withdrawal because of abuse or addiction to the medication, while others may have just been on it a little longer and their body became dependent. While there is a fine line between dependence and addiction, the difference could be defined by people who are able to stop using after withdrawal, and those who find it difficult/impossible to not return to using. Regardless, there is hope for long-term recovery without dependence on opiates – it will just take the addict a little more than a detox. Let’s first look at the opiate withdrawal timeline, symptoms, and treatment to help you better understand the necessary plan of action to combat opiate dependence.

Opiate Withdrawal Timeline

If you are going through opiate withdrawal symptoms, you should seek medical attention right away. The opiate withdrawal timeline consists of two main phases, and symptoms may vary from person to person depending on health issues, age, and length and amount of use.

 Acute Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Depression / Anxiety
  • Mood Swings
  • Runny Nose
  • Sweating
  • Racing Heart
  • Fever / Hypertension
  • Muscle Aches
  • Sleep Issues
  • Upset Stomach

These symptoms will usually start anywhere from 6- 12 hours after last use.

Late Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Vomiting / Nausea
  • Diarrhea / Abdominal Cramping
  • Goosebumps / Chills
  • Leg Cramps
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Drug Cravings
  • Depression

These symptom will usually peak at 72 hours after last use, and last about 2 weeks.

Opiate Withdrawal Detox

Many people find it difficult to detox on their own, whether they are addicted to the drug or not, and usually favor a medical detox to help manage symptoms as well monitor their health during this uncomfortable process. If you want to learn more about how a medical detox can help you safely and comfortably withdrawal from opiates, contact us now at 800-439-5959.

Opiate Dependence Treatment

For those who are just physically dependent, usually no treatment is needed post detox. Those who found that they have become mentally addicted, as well as physically, will need further care post detox. The good news is that there are successful treatment options post opiate dependence.

The three key ingredients in a successful treatment plan for opiate dependence are willingness, open-mindedness, and honesty throughout the process. We suggest the following plan of action when it comes to battling drug abuse:

  1. Medical Detox: A monitored 24/7 detox with a full medical staff in a hospital-like setting.
  2. Inpatient Treatment: Length of stay depends on the individual, but the longer you are able to attend, the greater chance you have at long-term recovery.
  3. Outpatient Programs: Continued support, care, resources, and education for once you leave inpatient treatment. This is a great way to transition out of rehab with less issues.
  4. Sober Living Community: An excellent place for you to gain structure and stability as you continue on your journey in recovery.
  5. 12-Step fellowship: Most successful long-term recovery stories from rehab include continued work in a 12-step program. We highly suggest you involve yourself in AA, NA, CA, or any other 12-step fellowship to help you continue on your path.

There Is Hope After Opiate Dependence

Since opiate abuse has risen over the last several years and is now the leading cause of accidental death in America, many people refer to addiction as a terminal illness, but it is not. Opiate addiction can be placed in long term remission if the person is willing to take serious action towards their recovery. If you want to learn how you can fully recover from opiate dependence, please contact The Watershed now. Take the first step in calling us and let us take care of the rest.




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