Opioid withdrawal symptoms range from mild craving, anxiety, drug-seeking behavior, yawning, perspiration, runny eyes and nose, restless and broken sleep, and irritability. The eyes may not respond properly to light (i.e., pupils will remain dilated in the presence of bright light).
More severe symptoms are extreme craving, muscular twitches, gooseflesh, hot and cold flashes, abdominal cramps, rapid breathing, fast pulse, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of energy.
Not everybody suffers all the symptoms or the most severe ones; the severity of symptoms usually depends on the length and frequency of opioid abuse.
Another factor is whether or not the opioid contains fentanyl or carfentanil.
Opioid Detox Meds
In opioid withdrawal, relief during the five to ten days of these symptoms can be provided through various medications including:
- Buprenorphine (Subutex or “subs”)
- Buprenorphine with naloxone (Suboxone or “subs”)
These detox medicines aim to ease the physical discomfort and help the user get some sleep.
Warm baths, mild exercise, electro-chemically balanced nutrition, and the compassionate support of recovery-sensitive physicians, nurse, and counselors help ease a person through withdrawal. The last item is very important because your drug counselor will facilitate your entry in the most import part of opioid withdrawal, recovery-sensitive therapy, the moment you are able to participate.
Opioid detox medicine such as buprenorphine should be discontinued as soon as possible because buprenorphine maintenance can change into buprenorphine addiction.
Long-term recovery for opioid users is often made difficult by malnutrition, sexual infections, and diseases associated with intravenous drug use.
These diseases include acquired immune deficiency (AIDS) and hepatitis.
In fact, intravenous drug users in many areas of the country are the group with the highest risk of developing AIDS.
“Denial” is one less thing to have to focus-on during opioid recovery-sensitive therapy/rehab.
That’s because the marijuana addict struggles with the idea that: “I’m not at all like an opioid addict.”
While the alcoholic struggles with the idea that: “I’m not at all like an opioid addict.”
Opioid addicts rarely if ever say: “I’m not as bad as other opioid addicts.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse problem, please reach out to our addiction specialists for guidance and support, at (877)-RECOVERY or (877)-732-6837. Our addiction specialists make themselves available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because We Care.