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Opiate Withdrawal: Everything You Need To Know

‘Opiates’ is the name given to the class of drugs that are derived from the opium poppy plant. Opiates are some of the most commonly prescribed medicines; they are taken for a wide range of purposes, including pain management and relaxing the body. Your general physician might also prescribe opiates for common ailments like diarrhea and coughing.

However, what makes opiates tricky is the fact that they can be highly addictive. Heroine, for example, is a highly dangerous and addictive opioid that’s never prescribed as a medication.

In this post, we will talk about opioid withdrawal in detail:

When does opioid use become troublesome?

In most cases, opioid use is associated with a reduction in symptoms and pain relief. However, the patient might be adversely affected if they take a larger dose than what they were prescribed or if they take it without consulting a doctor. Some opiates also have psychoactive effects, and taking them will make you feel high. This is why they’re also used for recreational purposes.

When such opiates are taken, they activate special opioid receptor cells in the brain. As a result, the pain signals that come from the brain are blocked. Opiates also stimulate the release of unusually large amounts of dopamine. As a result, the body craves more, and you might end up developing a dependency. After this point, letting go of opiates abruptly can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms that may even be fatal.

What are the withdrawal symptoms?

Most opiate withdrawal symptoms surface several hours after you’ve taken the last dosage. The severity of these symptoms depends on the opiate class and the dosage. Opiates like heroin bring about quick and intense symptoms, whereas methadone withdrawal can take up to a day before you see symptoms.

These symptoms occur because the body is detoxifying. Some of them include fatigue, muscle pain, heart palpitations, anxiety, dizziness, irritability, depression, nausea, tremors or an elevated heart rate. In some cases, drug withdrawal can also bring about stomach issues such as diarrhea, pain, vomiting or digestion issues. These symptoms may or may not be accompanied by fever and chills.

The severity of the symptoms is not the same for everyone. They’re mostly worse for people with poor overall health, family history of addiction, stressful lifestyle, and intense drug use.

What can you do?

The best way to overcome an opiate habit is to speak to a certified doctor and taper yourself off it. According to the CDC, tapering refers to systematically and slowly reducing the dosage over time. A doctors will analyze the patient’s ability to withstand the symptoms and take that into account to cut down the dosage.

It’s never too late to ask for help! You can always get in touch with a pain recovery service to deal with the addiction. Not only do they follow a client-focused approach to help you deal with substance abuse recovery and addictions, but they also improve your lifestyle as a whole.

If you’re based in New Jersey, look no further than PAIN + Recovery. We have some of the best Pain management doctors 07601 on board. Get in touch now. 

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