Narcan Withdrawal and Detox
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While it is impossible to become addicted to Narcan, it’s crucial for those using and distributing this medication to be aware of its possible side effects, including accelerated opioid withdrawal symptoms. If a person was recently administered Narcan and is experiencing withdrawal symptoms, undergoing detox in the comfort of a professional detox center can help keep them healthy and safe throughout the process.
Some of the most common Narcan withdrawal symptoms include:
- Stomach pain
- Slight fever
- Body aches
Narcan withdrawal can sometimes cause particularly severe side effects, including:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Pulmonary edema
- Loss of consciousness
For short-acting opioids, withdrawal symptoms begin within 6–12 hours of the last use. For longer-acting opioids, withdrawal can take up to 30 hours to set in. Early symptoms may include muscle aches, agitation, difficulty falling or staying asleep, racing heart rate, fever, hypertension, anxiety and excessive sweating.
In most cases, withdrawal symptoms peak within 72 hours of discontinuing opioid use. The symptoms at this point are more severe than those experienced at the onset of withdrawal, and may include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, depression and intense drug cravings. While many of the physical symptoms of withdrawal fade within a few days, psychological symptoms may persist for a week or longer.
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While some people opt for an at home detox, this method can be dangerous. If withdrawal symptoms become life-threatening, no medical personnel will be nearby to assist the person who is detoxing. Resisting the urge to use opioids can also be extremely difficult without professionals to keep the person detoxing accountable for their decisions.
Some people may try to use Narcan for opiate withdrawal. A dose of Narcan is thought to intensify and accelerate withdrawal symptoms, so that the overall detox period is significantly shorter. While this may be successful in some cases, the potential risks outweigh the benefits. Countless people have died attempting to shorten the detox process. Undergoing the process under professional supervision increases the chances of safely completing detox, and beginning recovery with a strong start.
Undergoing withdrawal symptoms in a professional treatment center can make the entire process significantly safer. While no Narcan detox centers exist, there are a number of options available to help you detox from opioids or other substances. In a formal medical detox setting, clients have access to care that addresses both the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal, all with 24/7 supervision from a team of physicians and clinicians.
The Recovery Village offers a broad range of opioid detox options at centers across the country.
- The Recovery Village – Umatilla, Florida
- Orlando Recovery Center – Orlando, Florida
- The Recovery Village Palmer Lake – Palmer Lake, Colorado
- The Recovery Village Ridgefield – Ridgefield, Washington
- The Recovery Village Columbus – Columbus, Ohio
- Next Generation Village – Sebring, Florida
- The IAFF Center of Excellence – Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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