Opioid Withdrawal – Signs and Symptoms
The US National Library of Medicine reported that in the year 2016 alone, there were roughly 11.5 million non-medical users of narcotic pain relievers, and 948,000 active heroin users. Sadly, the majority of these men and women did not seek the professional help they needed. This is partially due to the fact that they remained unaware of the medical detox services readily available to them. At Pine Tree Recovery Center we believe that quality clinical care should be available to all those who seek it. The prospect of undergoing opioid withdrawal symptoms keeps many men and women actively using – however, we provide a safe and pain-free withdrawal in a comfortable, home-style retreat.
The symptoms of opioid withdrawal that our clinical team effectively treats include:
- Flu-like symptoms that worsen in severity as the withdrawal process progresses
- Irritability and agitation
- Anxiety and panic attacks/hyperventilation
- Severe muscle aches and pains
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation
- Insomnia and other sleep-related issues
- Severe abdominal cramping
- Profuse sweating, shaking and body tremors
Symptoms of withdrawal typically take hold within the first 12 hours of the last dose. If you have been abusing opioids of any kind and need help to quit long-term, we are available to help. As far as opioid addiction goes, medically monitored detox will always be a necessary first step on the lifelong road to recovery.
A Detox Program That Plans for the Future
Once deemed medically appropriate, Pine Tree Recovery Center clients engage in individual therapy, group therapy, or even family therapy where they begin to address the underlying issues that contribute to and are exacerbated by substance use disorder. This way, when clients are ready to transition to the next appropriate level of care, they’ve already established a solid foundation of knowledge, awareness and motivation, setting them up for continued success.
Opiate withdrawal is arguably the most challenging part of overcoming addiction, but it’s temporary. Pine Tree Recovery Center’s team of credentialed clinical and medical professionals take great care in designing individualized opiate detox plans that prioritize client comfort and safety.