The opioid crisis is becoming a more pressing problem every day and it is crucial for people to get the treatment they need to overcome painkiller addictions. The first step to recovery from opioid addiction is detox and some might feel intimidated by the idea of going through withdrawal symptoms. Although withdrawal can be difficult, attending a detox center can ensure that every step of the process is as safe and comfortable as possible.
People with more severe addictions to opioids may benefit from switching to substitute medications such as methadone or suboxone which can prevent them from experiencing very intense withdrawal symptoms. Using medication can help people that may not be able to handle going “cold turkey” because it could lead to relapse. Medications can be a part of detox process because over time the user will be weaned off of them until they can be fully sober.
For those with more mild addictions that can abstain from all opioid use right away, they are likely to experience some withdrawal symptoms. The most common physical symptoms that people experience are feelings of nausea, muscle cramping, agitation, and cravings. Patients in detox also tend to experience a lot of emotional symptoms such as feelings of depression and anxiety as they adjust to becoming sober.
Medical staff in a detox center can provide patients with medications to help ease some of their symptoms and will monitor them to make sure they are healthy throughout their stay. Withdrawal symptoms tend to peak within 72 hours and will then begin to subside until they are completely gone within about a week or two. It is important to complete the full stay in detox until staff members allow you to continue onto a rehab program.
Opioid withdrawal may be an uncomfortable process but it is vital step on the path to recovery and sobriety.