What Do Opioid Withdrawals Feel Like?

Withdrawal from opioids has similarities with other depressants. Keeping that in mind, opioid withdrawal can be particularly severe when an individual has developed an addiction to particularly potent synthetic opiates like fentanyl. If you or someone you love is struggling with ceasing opioid abuse in part due to the fear of withdrawal symptoms, Oasis Recovery encourages you to reach out to us about the benefits of medically-supervised detox and our opioid addiction treatment program. We work with clients to design personalized treatment plans to address their particular wants and needs. Contact us today to speak with a specialist about treatment options that are right for you. 

Common Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

There is a wide range of symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal. These symptoms depend on the severity of addiction and the type and potency of the opiates that an individual has been abusing. A person with a mild addiction may experience limited withdrawal symptoms and have the ability to detox and get clean on their own. 

Those with moderate to severe opioid addiction are likely to experience more unpleasant and potentially dangerous physical and mental health issues during withdrawal. For those with more severe or long-term addictions, it’s highly recommended that you seek detox in a treatment facility where trained medical personnel is available in case there is a need for emergency intervention. At Oasis Recovery, we pride ourselves in putting your safety and security first, while doing our best to make sure our clients remain as comfortable as possible during the unpleasant process of detox. 

Common symptoms experienced during opioid withdrawal can include:

  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Shaking
  • Involuntary movements 
  • Body aches
  • Cold flashes

The symptoms of opioid withdrawal typically peak between 24-48 hours after some with a substance abuse disorder last use their drug (or drugs) of choice. The majority of symptoms typically subside after a week. In certain instances, individuals report persistent symptoms. 

Noticeable physical and behavioral symptoms of withdrawal indicate a moderate to severe addiction. Those experiencing noticeable withdrawal symptoms can benefit from the programs and mental health services offered by a drug addiction treatment program. 

The Role of Detox

Detox plays an essential role in recovering from opioid addiction. In certain circumstances, medications can be used to help with the process of detox from opioids. 

Once an individual is able to free themselves from the burdensome cycle of addiction, they notice that their mind and body begin to return to normal. Once detox is completed, it’s possible to begin the process of healing. 

The detox process can be challenging and there is always a possibility of the need for medical intervention as a result of physical or psychological symptoms during the withdrawal period. Bearing this in mind, it’s highly recommended that those with moderate to severe substance abuse disorders undergo medically-supervised detox in a residential care facility. 

Common Signs of Addiction

In the early stages of addiction, it’s possible a person may be able to maintain the appearance of their regular routine. They may continue to fulfill their work, family, and childcare obligations and continue to attend social gatherings and other expected activities. Family and coworkers have an opportunity to help a person find help during the early stages of substance abuse before addiction takes a greater toll on a person’s life. 

Some common signs of opioid addiction can include:

  • Seeking more medication than prescribed 
  • Uncontrollable cravings
  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal symptoms  
  • Mood changes or instability 
  • Changes in social interaction
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Poor decision-making
  • Lying or making excuses 
  • Risky behavior 

Reach Out to Oasis Recovery Today to Begin Treatment

It’s never too late to begin treatment and find lasting recovery. The professionals at Oasis Recovery know it is difficult to break the cycle of abuse. Our medical doctors and mental health counselors understand it’s unfair to blame someone for their addiction or personal situation. We work with clients to develop treatment plans that make sense based on their current circumstances, needs, and hopes for the future. We look forward to assisting you on your path to recovery. Reach out to today to speak with a specialist about our addiction recovery services for lasting sobriety. 

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