Detox, short for detoxification, is an important part of the opioid addiction recovery process. During this difficult and uncomfortable time, the body cleanses itself of all traces of drugs. A person’s body will be used to opioids and removing them from the system can cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
Detox usually marks the beginning of recovery for someone who wants to overcome opioid addiction. Because opioid withdrawal can cause dangerous complications, it is important that detox happens at a facility staffed with medical professionals trained in recognizing and dealing with these complications. A facility specializing in opiate detoxification can make the process safer and more comfortable. Undergoing detox at an accredited facility is an ideal step to maximize comfort and minimize risk.
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Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
Detox and withdrawal may be the toughest parts of overcoming the disease of opioid addiction. The Recovery Village’s accredited treatment facilities help mitigate risks involved with detox while keeping clients safe as they begin recovery.
Stopping or decreasing the amount of opiates a person takes causes specific physical and psychological symptoms known as withdrawal symptoms. Using higher doses of opiates, especially over long periods, tends to cause these withdrawal symptoms to be worse. Initial symptoms of opioid withdrawal can begin within the first day of detoxification.
- Physical and psychological symptoms may include:
- Runny nose
- Lacrimation, or teary eyes
- Uncontrollable yawning
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle aches and spasms
- Mood swings
- Inability to concentrate
- More intense and longer lasting symptoms may include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Dilated pupils
- Abdominal cramping
Most opioid withdrawal symptoms go away over time as the body adjusts to not having opioids. The intense physical withdrawal symptoms typically start to improve over the course of three or four days, and within approximately a week, a person should start to feel better.