In Florida alone there were some 2,798 deaths as a result from overdoses of opioids. You don’t have to become part of that number. Help is available. Withdrawal is not easy, but there are trained medical rehabilitation specialists who want to help you.
When a person has become dependent on a drug, stopping it suddenly can be difficult or even dangerous. It is best do do this safely in a rehab center so that the withdrawal symptoms can be best managed. Some of these symptoms may include:
- Painful or aching muscles, cramping
- Restlessness and anxiety
- Excessive tears and a runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- A high blood pressure
- Blurry vision
When a pregnant mother is addicted to opioids, her baby may also experience withdrawal symptoms. These include:
- Trouble eating and digesting properly
Everybody has their own timeline for detox. Although the withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant and even painful, the symptoms do usually begin to subside after 72 hours. Symptoms of withdrawal may still continue for quite a few months after detox though. It is important to let your doctor know about these protracted symptoms.
Rehab specialists can work with you to not just ensure that you detox safely, but they can help you with the next phase. It’s important to create a new lifestyle free from the triggers which may cause a relapse. The pain which caused the initial addiction may still need treated.
The important thing to note is that you do not need to do this alone. There are many people who have survived similar addictions and working with a support group is a great way to prevent relapse.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a dependence on opioids call us at (866) 238-9148 to learn more about your options.