Did you know that the body produces its own, entirely naturally occurring opioids? They are responsible for a range of positive effects on the body’s systems, including decreasing pain and preventing depression and anxiety. These naturally occurring opioids attach to the body’s receptors just as an external opioid does.
So, why would someone need or want to take an opioid if they can make their own? The body’s opioids will never be produced in high enough quantities to treat serious pain or get you high. They also cannot cause an overdose. Opioid medication and illegal opiates mimic the body’s natural opioids. They can be used for good – to treat extreme pain as from a broken limb or post-surgery – and they can also cause dependence, addiction, and overdose. Opioid detox programs help those who have become addicted to these kinds of externally introduced opioids.
Want to know more about managing opioid withdrawal? Reach out to an addiction specialist at Serenity Light today. Call 855.658.6109 or fill out our easy online form.
What Is Opioid Withdrawal?
Commonly prescribed for pain, opioids include opiates, drugs produced from the poppy plant, such as morphine and heroin, and synthetic opioids, like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and fentanyl. Some are legal and available through prescriptions, and some are illegal. Legal and prescribed opioids and opiates include Oxycontin (oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone), and morphine. Illegal opioids include heroin, fentanyl, and opium. Millions of people worldwide abuse opioids, often because they became addicted to prescription painkillers originally prescribed for medical reasons.
Withdrawal refers to the effects on the body and mind when someone stops taking a drug to which they’ve become addicted. The higher the dose and the longer the duration of use, the more severe the side effects of withdrawal. As the elevated levels of the drug leave the body after prolonged and/or sustained long-term use, people experience unpleasant and, in some cases, dangerous side effects. This is why enrolling in a professional drug detox program is the safest option.
Opioid withdrawal symptoms include:
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Elevated body temperature
- Sleep disturbance
- Muscle and bone pain
- Chills and sweating
- Anxiety or paranoia
If you wonder what opioid withdrawal might look like for you, it depends on what drug you are dependent on. Withdrawal from short-acting opioids, such as heroin and some painkillers, begins somewhere between eight and 24 hours after the last use and continues for four to ten days. When you stop using a longer-acting opioid, including morphine and oxycodone, symptoms may not emerge for up to four days but typically last up to ten days.
Managing Opioid Withdrawal
Undergoing a managed withdrawal is a vital first step prior to undergoing rehab treatment and the therapeutic and psychosocial programs offered by a professional recovery treatment center. In a recovery treatment facility like Serenity Light Recovery, you will undergo a medically managed detox program to help you safely withdraw from opioids.
Because of the risks of withdrawal from long-term opioid dependency and addiction, the only secure way to detox is under medical supervision by health professionals. When your withdrawal is managed 24 hours a day in a specialized setting, you can count on the following:
- Safety – Being supervised while undergoing withdrawal keeps you safe.
- Pain management – Professionally administered medications in response to withdrawal symptoms mitigate your discomfort, and you stay the course.
- Adjustments in care as needed – Treatment can be adapted as needed because you are monitored around the clock.
- Better outcomes – Managed withdrawal in an inpatient setting increase the long-term successful outcomes for your recovery.
Serenity Light Recovery Detox Program
At Serenity Light Recovery, we understand the importance of proper medical opioid detox. Our professional staff provides you with round-the-clock support and evidence-based care. By easing the challenges of this short-lived period of discomfort, we give you a leg-up on recovery. So many people find that when they cut corners at the first step—detox—a relapse is much more likely, sometimes with deadly consequences.
Our caring and compassionate team will usher you through this vital but brief period in your sobriety journey. You probably have questions about what this might look like, how it works, and if you can handle it. We are here to answer those questions and reassure you that you can handle it with support and medical supervision. Not only that but your recovery journey will be set up for success. There are no guarantees in addiction treatment, but at Serenity Light, we want you to have the absolute best possible chance at a healthy life of sobriety. We strive to be that beacon of hope guiding you toward a life of sobriety.