Opioid and Opiate Withdrawal & Detox in Ohio
The nationwide opioid epidemic has been felt all over the country. This includes the entire state of Ohio – cities like Cleveland and Columbus as well as small towns. Opioids and opiates have done a lot of damage and destruction to the lives of many people throughout the state of Ohio. Opioid and opiate addiction can be overcome, but it must first begin with opioid detox.
Opioids can include the illegal street drug, heroin, or prescription painkillers like morphine or oxycodone. One of the most difficult parts of stopping opioids is going through the opioid and opiate withdrawal symptoms. While opioid and opiate withdrawal can be extremely difficult, it can be managed in a medically-supervised opioid and opiate detox.
Opioid and Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
Opioids and opiates are drugs that are very addictive in the psychological sense, but they also will create a physical dependence in the bodies of those who are addicted to them. As someone builds an opiate tolerance, their body will become used to the drug. Then it will feel like it needs the opioids to feel normal. At this point, if opioids are stopped, opioid and opiate withdrawal symptoms will be experienced.
One of the biggest reasons people relapse is because opioid and opiate withdrawal is so difficult to go through. While opioid and opiate detox is a difficult process to go through, it can be done, particularly in a medically-supervised opioid and opiate detox program.
General opioid and opiate withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Body aches
There are many opioid and opiate withdrawal treatment options in order to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. Some of these can include medications like clonidine which can treat the physical opioid and opiate withdrawal symptoms that may be experienced by those who are going through this process. Medications like naltrexone may also be used. This medicine can prevent someone from relapsing.
A physician may also prescribe a medication like buprenorphine, depending on your needs. This drug can help you to taper off the opioid you are addicted to gradually. This can help to reduce some of the cold turkey opioid and opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Opioid and Opiate Withdrawal Timeline
Many people who struggle with opioid abuse or opioid addiction will naturally be apprehensive about withdrawal symptoms. It’s best to educate yourself so that you can know what to expect. Generally, most people experience opioid and opiate withdrawal symptoms in the following timeline:
- Usually, within 12 hours of the last dose, the first stage of opioid and opiate withdrawal symptoms will begin. This typically can include aggression and headaches, and it will usually last between days one and three of the withdrawal process.
- Symptoms may include gastrointestinal problems, aches and pains and sweating and loss of appetite in the firs 48 hours of the opioid and opiate withdrawal timeline. There also may be psychological effects such as panic attacks and anxiety attacks.
- Around 48 hours following the last dose of opioids, the opioid and opiate withdrawal symptoms will begin to peak. From days three to five of the process, the symptoms will begin to subside. There may still be some symptoms like chills, pains, aches and shivering.
There are different things that will determine the length and severity of the withdrawal symptoms you experience such as your overall physical health, how long you abused opioids, whether there are co-occurring mental health disorders, how much opioids you took, your age, etc.
Opioid and Opiate Detox in Ohio
Throughout the state of Ohio, there are different opioid and opiate detox options that are available. While there are many detox centers that will certainly offer medically-supervised detox, it’s wiser to attend a medically-supervised detox program at a facility that also offers an inpatient program you can enroll in after you complete detox. One such facility is The Recovery Village Columbus.
We offer a wide range of inpatient and outpatient programs as well as opioid and opiate detox for those who are struggling with opioid addiction throughout Ohio.
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