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Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

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In recent years, fentanyl and other potent synthetic opioids have made the opioid epidemic even worse. Fentanyl and related substances are mixed with other drugs like cocaine and pressed into pills falsely labeled as benzos and opioid prescription drugs. As a result, more and more people are developing an addiction to opiates than ever before, overdoses are skyrocketing, and overdose fatalities are far too common. It’s simply too risky to experiment with street drugs in modern times.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with opiates, we encourage you to reach out to the professionals at DetoxLA today. Our opiate detox center is a luxury rehab with a family-friendly and serene community atmosphere. Reach out to us today at 818.616.7341 to speak with a recovery specialist who can tell you more about our programs and services for lasting recovery.

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

Common opioid withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe mental and physical effects. Knowing what to look for is essential to be aware of when an intervention is needed.

Many symptoms can be red flags when a person is withdrawing from opiates. If a person is not in a professional detox program, these signs can signal that someone is dealing with an addiction. Common symptoms include:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Angry outbursts
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Shaking
  • Involuntary movements
  • Body aches
  • Cold flashes

Opiate withdrawal symptoms usually peak 24 to 48 hours after someone’s last use, with most symptoms lessening after a week. In some instances, people experience persistent withdrawal symptoms. Visibly noticeable symptoms of withdrawal suggest a moderate to severe addiction. A person experiencing this degree of addiction needs professional assistance and can benefit from an addiction treatment program.

Why Early Intervention Matters

Opiates can be used for short-term relief when prescribed in small doses for short lengths of time by a legitimate doctor. The problem is that it can be difficult for people who initially begin using opiates for pain management to cease taking these medications. If a patient has developed a dependency or addiction to a prescription that expires, they may seek street drugs like fentanyl to avoid feelings of withdrawal and cravings.

Waiting too long to address substance abuse disorders puts individuals, loved ones, friends, and colleagues at risk. Prolonged abuse of opiates is likely to result in a greater risk for more severe consequences. These consequences can range from physical and mental health issues to financial and legal problems.

Common Signs of Opiate Addiction

Common signs of opiate addiction include:

  • Mood changes or instability
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Seeking more medication than prescribed
  • Poor decision-making
  • Lying or making excuses
  • Changes in social interaction

In the early stages of addiction, a person may be able to maintain the appearance of everyday living. They may continue to fulfill their work and family obligations. Before addiction progresses, families and others who see troubling signs and symptoms of drug abuse and addiction have an opportunity to help a person find help. This help can make a world of difference.

Reach out to DetoxLA Today about Opiate Treatment Options

It becomes increasingly difficult to put your life back together after addiction has ravaged your body and mind. Further, mending relationships and getting life back on track after years of drug addiction and abuse is a complicated and challenging process. It is never too late to discover lasting recovery and find meaning and joy in sober life.

At DetoxLA, we treat each one of our patients with the respect and dignity they deserve. Our luxury rehab is constantly being upgraded with new amenities. We offer personalized detox and treatment plans tailored to meet the individual needs of our patients. Contact us today at 818.616.7341 to speak with a recovery specialist who can tell you more about our opiate detox, treatment, and recovery services.