Opiate Withdrawal Information

The 411 on Opiate Withdrawal

If you are suffering from opiate withdrawal, you do not have to do it alone. Contact Greensboro Drug Treatment Centers at (336) 455-9647 to locate a detox and rehab facility. Greensboro opiate addiction treatment can help you to safely detox from your opiate of choice. With around-the-clock monitoring and medically assisted detox at your disposal, you are sure to make it through detox and on to rehab.

Opiate Withdrawal

Opiates include several different drugs. Painkillers and heroin are drugs that cause major problems here in the United States. Have you heard of the opioid epidemic? We are currently experiencing this issue in America and it is getting serious. Just hours after the last dose, the symptoms of withdrawal may begin and can persist for over a week.

Withdrawing from opiates on one's own is not exactly life-threatening, but it may lead to relapse. Medications may be administered while at an opiate detox facility. Call Greensboro opiate addiction treatment for more information regarding detox centers, doing so may prevent a relapse.

Symptoms

Individual severity of symptoms will be dependent upon how long the person has been using, how much they use, and how often they use opioids. Other factors include co-occurring mental conditions, environmental factors, underlying medical conditions, and how the drug was administered. Again, length of time and severity of symptoms vary by the individual, but here are the typical symtpoms:

Early Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Racing heart
  • Runny nose
  • Agitation
  • Watery eyes
  • Sweating profusely
  • Hypertension
  • Anxiety
  • Yawning
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches

Late Symptoms

  • Cravings for opiates
  • Depression
  • Goosebumps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps

Late symptoms peak within seventy-two hours or so and may last for around a week. Psychological symptoms, however, may persist over a week for some. Therapy is needed at this point as part of a complete rehab program.

Types of Opiates

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydromorphone

Opioids are generally prescribed to help treat pain. Opium comes from the poppy plant. Opioids are also known as opiates, and narcotics. Sometimes, "opiate" is used to describe closer relatives of opium like morphine, codeine and heroin. "Opioids" is used to describe the entire class of drugs including synthetic opiates, for example, OxyContin.

Opiate withdrawal can be seriously intense. Do not suffer through the symptoms alone. Opiate detox centers are available to assist you during this difficult time. While opiates are prescribed to treat pain, people develop a tolerance to the substance which leads to addiction. When this happens, the individual becomes consumed with thinking about getting high or sourcing their next dose of opiates. They may even engage in "doctor shopping."

If someone takes too much of this drug it can lead to cardiac or respiratory arrest. Oftentimes, the tolerance for the euphoric effects develops a lot faster than the tolerance to the negative effects, and thus, people may die. If you suspect someone has overdosed on opiates (or any other kind of drug) contact emergency services immediately. Do not wait – for it can be the difference between life and death.

Are You Addicted to Opioids?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • When you stop using, do you experience withdrawal symptoms?
  • Do you use more than is prescribed?
  • Are you constantly thinking about getting high or sourcing the drug?
  • Have you tried to cut down your use but were unsuccessful?
  • Do you skip doing other things because you would rather get high?
  • Have there been negative consequences because of your drug use?
  • Has your use of opioids increased since you started abusing?

Did you answer "yes" to at least three of the questions? If so, then you are addicted to opiates. Do something now before it is too late or too hard.

Greensboro Drug Treatment Centers can review your options with you and help you to find a treatment facility that will equip you with the tools you need to regain your life back and remain sober.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/legislative-activities/testimony-to-congress/2016/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse

 

 

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