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Opiates, also known as opioids, are drugs typically prescribed by a medical professional primarily for the use of treating pain and discomfort. The term narcotic is also a well-known term, and it refers to both opiate and opioid types of drugs. The intense addictive nature of opiate drugs has proven to provide an elevated risk of the individual becoming physically dependent on, or just plainly developing an addiction to the drug.

Some of the more well-known opiate drugs that are used to treat pain in the United States include:

  • Morphine
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Methadone
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Codeine
  • Heroin
  • Meperidine (Demerol)

If you suddenly stop or cut back on the consumption of these drugs after just a few weeks or more of heavy use, several problematic symptoms arise and can cause complicated and harmful health complications. These specific issues are referred to as withdrawal symptoms, which are seen regularly to be extremely dangerous and even life-threatening to those who suffer from them. 

In the year 2016 alone in the United States, there were reportedly about 948,000 people who had used heroin during the past year. During that same year of 2016, there were about eleven and a half million people who were considered nonmedical users of narcotic pain relievers. This means they were taking the opiates, opioids, or other forms of narcotics recreationally and that were not prescribed to them. Additionally, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) publishes that each year there are around thirty-six million people around the globe who abuse opiate drugs. 

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

Opiates are known to change the ways that the brain responds to pain stimuli and can also produce a “high” feeling by causing a disruption within the pleasure and reward centers that are located in the mind.

The central nervous system of your body, which includes the brain, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems, has specific opioid receptors that receive opiate drugs. These drugs bring with them a variety of physical and emotional effects. Blood pressure, respiration, heart rate, and body temperature are lowered while the pleasurable and pleasant feelings are increased. 

Abusing or the repeated use of opiate drugs can change the way someone’s brain chemistry will work and can also easily lead to physical and psychological dependence. Each of the opiate drugs available today has a unique half-life, which is the length of time it takes for half the amount of a drug to be eliminated from the body’s system. This results in the withdrawal symptoms having the possibility of starting at different times. This also can depend on the opiate drug that was taken, as well as the method in which it was administered.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) reports that across the United States, there are nearly 100 Americans who die from drug overdose each day. Approximately 46 of those American’s deaths are due to a prescription opiate or opioid overdose. It is also important to note that The New York Times published an article stating that opiates are found to be responsible for more deaths per year than any other prescription medication or drug. 

Early Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal

These symptoms are seen to usually start to show within 6 to 12 after taking rapid-acting opiates and typically within 30 hours for the longer-lasting opiate forms. These earlier symptoms usually include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Easily agitated
  • Heightened irritability & aggression
  • Hypertension
  • Increased heart rate
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fever
  • High levels of anxiety

Late Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal

The latter of the withdrawal symptoms that come from eliminating the use of opiate drugs are seen to reach their peak within 72 hours usually. Some of the more common of these opiate side-effects include:

  • Intense drug cravings
  • Nausea
  • Consistent vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle and stomach cramping
  • Severe depression

There are some of the more psychological withdrawal symptoms and cravings seen for opiate drugs may continually persist longer than even up to a week in some cases. At Duck House Recovery in Costa Mesa, various therapy and psychological support resources are provided by a member of our team of credentialed addiction detox specialists as a part of the complete substance abuse and opiate detox treatment program that can decrease the severity of the symptoms and awful side effects that are often suffered while experiencing opiate addiction withdrawal.

Medical Detox For Opiate Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction is considered a chronic and relapsing disease with both physical and emotional side effects with accompanying symptoms that are developed. Because of the seriousness of all the side-effects and symptoms associated with substance abuse detox, the recovery programs designed to treat these addictions need to be well thought out and comprehensive.

Medical detox may help smooth out withdrawal, reducing side effects, preventing serious complications, and reducing drug cravings. This can provide a good start toward recovery and help to maintain sobriety long-term.

Medically-assisted detox programs are relatively short and can provide the necessary stepping stones used to heighten the probability of a more stable recovery. Unfortunately, relapse is common for those individuals who struggle with addiction; it can easily seem like a return to drug abuse may offer desired relief.

Depending on the individual, after a certain period where drugs are not being used, the tolerance to certain levels of drugs can be reduced. However, relapse after ridding the body’s system of the drugs through a detox program can be especially dangerous. Doing this may increase the risk of a fatal overdose because the body often cannot cope with the dose amount of drugs that may have been taken in the past when the body’s tolerance levels were much higher than they what they had been reduced to because of the detoxification.  

It’s Never Too Late To Recover

At Duck House Recovery, we provide specialized comprehensive alcohol and drug addiction treatment individually designed to treat each one of our patients.

We are confident that we can provide the necessary help, assistance, and guidance needed in order for you or a loved one to become free from addiction. We strive to help you or your loved one live the happy and productive life that we all deserve. Call us now to start healing today.

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