Opiate Withdrawal

Opiate Withdrawal

Kicking any form of addiction, be it alcohol or opiate, is not easy. It’s easier to get addicted than wean yourself off the habit. Whenever it is that you do decide to seek treatment to stay clean and sober, it’s important you know what lies ahead. One of the first things to hit you will be the withdrawal symptoms. A few days into your detox, you might feel nauseous and sick accompanied by blinding pain. This is your body’s way of telling you that you’re on the right path; it’s slowly ridding itself of the habit of being abused on a daily basis.

How Long Does Opiate Withdrawal Last?

There is no telling when the withdrawal symptoms will stop. It depends on the extent of the abuse you’ve inflicted on yourself and the severity of it. On an average, most people experience the worst physical symptoms during the first 5 days. All the physical symptoms will go away within a week to two weeks. The psychological symptoms are stage 2 of the symptoms; they are a little more severe than the physiological symptoms and can pose as a threat if not dealt with properly. Some of the symptoms you could experience are listed below-

– Your skin will feel like something’s crawling on it and it’ll occur mostly as night, keeping you away though the night.

– A burning sensation in your stomach or chest.

– Indigestion and nausea.

– Loss of appetite accompanied with a headache.

– Muscular and skeletal pain.

– Extreme sensitivity to any form of light.

– Exhaustion and insomnia.

Panic attacks too are a common occurrence and this can delay the timeline of you getting better. Just keep telling yourself that processing these changes is hard on your body and it takes time for your body to go back to being what it was before the addiction kicked in. Be sure to keep hydrating yourself and take vitamin supplements.

After the withdrawal period is over, the best thing you could do is to distract yourself to avoid a relapse. Either continue with a support group or get a sponsor to help you to stay away from falling off the wagon. Whatever you choose to do, remember that just by detoxifying your body doesn’t mean you’re clean now. On a physiological level, yes; but staying off the goods is a lifelong battle. After a point in time, you’ll realize you no longer need to be dependent on people to stay sober! But till you get there, muster all the support you can.

 

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