If you are struggling with opiate addiction, you must reach out to an opioid rehab centre as soon as possible. Get in touch with us to find out more about treatments for opioid addictions, and what you can expect during opioid detox and withdrawal.
We are here to help you and will be happy to provide you with all the advice you need to get started with your treatment. We would also be happy to answer any questions you have about opioid addiction, treatments, or what to expect at rehab in general.
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What Are Opioids?
Opioids are a variety of prescription drugs that are often used to treat pain. There are natural opioids that are derived from the opium poppy and synthetic opioids. Both the different types of opioids have very similar effects.
Some examples of prescription opioids include the following:
- Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
- Oxycontin (oxycodone)
- Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
These types of drugs are very effective in treating pain. However, they can cause physical dependency, leading to prescription drug addiction. This is why opioid drugs are never prescribed for long periods of time.
Opioid Detox Process
When you detox from opioids, it’s important to speak to a medical professional beforehand. The safest and most comfortable way to go through an opioid drug detox is in a private rehab setting.
During an opioid detox in residential rehab, you will be monitored by professionals on a 24/7 basis. This is so that your withdrawal process is safe and comfortable for you. In most cases, you will be provided with safe, non-dependant prescription drugs to help ease the severity of the opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Opioid withdrawal typically lasts between 7-14 days, but this varies from person to person. Attending an opioid rehab centre is the safest way to recover from addiction.
What is Opiate Withdrawal?
When you stop taking opiates after taking them for a while, your body will have to adapt to no longer having the drug in your body, resulting in withdrawal symptoms.
You’ll experience withdrawal symptoms because opiates cause physical dependence over time; the body will become tolerant to the drugs, and you’ll gradually need to have a higher amount to achieve the same effects.
Opioid dependence can quickly become an addiction when people use opiates and don’t stop using them despite the harmful consequences. Sometimes, your doctor might diagnose an addiction as a substance abuse disorder.
Opioid withdrawal symptoms can be quite intense and uncomfortable. In some situations, these withdrawals can be so severe that they can be dangerous or even life-threatening. The opioid withdrawal timelines can vary from around a few days to a few weeks. The timeline will depend a lot on the type of drug in question, how long the drug was taken, and any other substances that may have been taken with the opioids simultaneously.
Attending private rehab for opioid detox and withdrawal gives you the greatest chance of achieving long term recovery.
What Are Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms?
The severity of your withdrawal symptoms will depend on the length of time that you have been taking the drugs, the dosage you’ve been taking, as well as how suddenly you have stopped taking the prescription drug.
The withdrawal symptoms usually occur due to the body detoxing from the drugs. Some common symptoms of withdrawal from opioids include the following:
- Stomach pains
- Aching muscles
- Depression and anxiety
- Increased heart rate
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fever and chills
The symptoms can range from mild to severe and can depend on several things, including the following:
- The drug use, the duration used, and the extent of the use
- Your overall health, including your medical history
- Your family’s history of addiction
- Your environment and stressors
What to Expect in the Long-Term
If you have stopped taking opioid medications, you’ll likely experience withdrawal symptoms. If you feel these withdrawals at home, you must speak to your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor can help you manage your withdrawal symptoms and adjust your medications to suit your needs.
You should never attempt to completely stop taking prescribed opioids without speaking to a medical professional beforehand. Seeking help for your opioid addiction can have a range of benefits. You will see improvements in your overall health and reduce your risks of accidental overdoses, relapsing, and any other complications that come with opioid addictions.
Talk to your doctor about the treatments and support groups within your local area. Withdrawing from opioids can be very challenging and painful. However, it is completely worth it for your mental health.
Aftercare and Support After Opioid Rehab
If you go through your detox and treatment in a rehab setting, you will have access to aftercare and further support when you leave. This is an essential aspect of rehab as it provides you with the support you need when you return home.
Here, you will receive details on local support groups to help with your continued recovery. You will also be able to call a dedicated hotline if you ever feel like you need to talk about your struggles or if you are having trouble with relapsing. During your aftercare, you may also be able to have access to some further treatments and therapies that can help you move forward.
Rehab centres will offer a minimum of one year’s worth of free aftercare as the first year after rehab tends to be the hardest time.
Get Help For Your Opioid Addiction Today
If you are struggling with an addiction to opioids, it’s important that you get the help you need as soon as possible. If you want to learn more about drug rehab or the treatments available for opioid addictions, get in touch with us today.
Our addiction specialists can advise you to start your addiction recovery today – call on 0800 470 0382.