Anyone who is or has been addicted to opioids can tell you that the withdrawals of quitting the drug can be excruciating. Opioid withdrawals cause muscle pain, chills, shaking, diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, insomnia, anxiety, runny nose, and more.
Symptoms typically begin within 6 to 30 hours, depending on the type of opioid and length of use, and can last 3 to 14 days, or longer. Some types of opioids will cause withdrawal sooner than others, and symptoms from certain opioids will last longer than others.
Common opioids include Codeine, Fentanyl, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Morphine, and Oxycodone. These opioids cause such a serious addiction because the drug attaches itself to the receptors on nerve cells in your brain, spinal cord, and other places to block pain messages that your body is sending to your brain. They also trigger your brain to release dopamine, a chemical that makes you feel good. Opioids are hard to quit, but there are drugs that can ease the pain of withdrawal.
Common prescription drugs that combat withdrawal symptoms include Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Naloxone, Suboxone, Sublocade, and Vivitrol. Aloha Medical treats opioid addiction with an outpatient program so you can relax in the privacy your own home with little to no withdrawal symptoms. Our licensed providers will tailor the prescription and length of treatment depending on your situation. Once you are ready to stop medications, we will slowly wean you off by tapering down the strength until you no longer feel withdrawal symptoms.
Other things you can do to relieve withdrawal symptoms include moderate exercise, eating small portions of healthy foods and snacks, drinking 100 ounces of water a day, keeping yourself busy with distractions like talking to a friend, and meditation.
Aloha Medical Services can help. Call us today at 385.289.2488 to get treatment for yourself or a loved one.
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