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Opiate withdrawal refers to the symptoms that come from ceasing or decreasing the use of opiates after prolonged or heavy use. People who use opiates as recreational, as well as those who were medicated with opiates in the hospital, may experience withdrawal. Withdrawal is the body’s way of recovering and eliminating toxins.

Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal

Opiate WithdrawalSymptoms of opiate withdrawals can be both physical and psychological. They may include, but are not limited to, anxiety, insomnia, sweating, muscle aches, abdominal cramping, dilated pupils, runny eyes, nausea, and vomiting. Other possible complications include dehydration due to diarrhea and nausea, electrolyte disturbances, and aspiration or lung infection from vomiting. These symptoms usually begin within one to two days after the last usage. Opiate withdrawal symptoms may last for a week of even months, depending on the individual, how long they were exposed to the drug, and the dosage they were taking.

Speak With a Counselor About Opiate Withdrawal

Withdrawal from opiates is very painful and uncomfortable, but it is not life threatening for most individuals. Depending on the severity, withdrawal may cause seizures or other dangerous conditions in some people. The biggest complication of opiate withdrawal is return to drug use, or relapse. Some individuals may choose to gradually decrease opiate usage in order to reduce the severity of symptoms and avoid relapse. Clients should be evaluated for depression or other mental illnesses which may be associated with opiate use and/or withdrawal.

If you or anyone you know is using opiates or suffering from opiate withdrawal, feel free to contact our inpatient rehab center to learn how we can help.

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