Opiates are prescription medications used for pain management, they are also known as opioids. The prescription drugs produce a short-lived euphoria, that have been proven addictive. According to the National Institute of Drugs, It is estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide. Familiar names of opiate medications are hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, codeine, methadone, and related prescription drugs.
The opiate epidemic in the United States has been the leading cause of accidental deaths, surpassing vehicular collisions. Drug users who start with prescription pill abuse can easily lead to a full blown heroin addiction. The harder opiates are to find, the more attractive heroin becomes. Heroin produces the same high as opiates and is substantially cheaper on the street.
Even when prescribed, this category of drugs can take such a toll-both physically and mentally- on their users that traditional “cold turkey” methods of detox are often ineffective. Thus, other detox methods are paramount and vastly superior. At Banyan Treatment Center, we believe in a proper medical detox because it is safer, far more comfortable, and the best way to start a successful recovery.
What is the Timeline for Untreated Drug Withdrawal?
The duration of opiate withdrawals depends greatly on the severity of the dependence. Scientifically we can pinpoint different symptoms of the withdrawal process, but it is hard to verify a specific opiate withdrawal timeline due to the varying factors in usage severity, length, age and other determining factors.
Without any medical intervention, withdrawal from opiates can last anywhere from a couple of days to weeks or more as the body cleanses itself of the drugs, and goes through the variety of intense withdrawal symptoms.
What are Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal?
When opiates are discontinued suddenly, the person can experience a number of unpleasant feelings and reactions, also known as withdrawal symptoms. Even those taking opioids for a long period of time as prescribed by a doctor can experience this change. Opiates are currently among the most abused substances available. Some of the withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Yawning uncontrollably
- Abdominal cramping
- Goose bumps on the skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dilated pupils and possibly blurry vision
- Rapid heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Lacrimation (eyes tearing up)
- Runny nose
- Excessive sweating
- Inability to sleep
Here at Banyan, we help make our clients as comfortable as possible because we understand what a trying process opiate detox can be.
Opiate Detox Methods
Opiate detox is a very dangerous thing. Many articles can be found on how to detox at home but even with following these steps, you have no protection from two of the biggest hurdles during an opiate withdrawal; mental obsession and the dangerous medical complications that can occur. Withdrawal from any form of opiates is a serious matter should be done under medical supervision to prevent all complications.
Banyan’s Opiate Detox Program
An opiate addiction treatment plan comes with intense therapy sessions including individual and group settings, education on the disease of addiction, family support groups, relapse prevention, aftercare programs and so much more. Banyan’s Opiate Detox Program’s goals are to support our clients during their recovery journey and always encourage their continuous growth, we feel the more supported our clients feel, the more courage they will have to continue in their battle against addiction.
If you or someone you know is struggling with opiate addiction or abuse, help is just a phone call away. Call Banyan Treatment Center now, we are here to help: (888) 422-1651.