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Withdrawal From Drugs – Alcohol Treatment

Opiate Withdrawal

Opiate withdrawal refers to the wide range of symptoms that occur after stopping or dramatically reducing opiate drugs after heavy and prolonged use (several weeks or more). About 9% of the population is believed to misuse opiates over the course of their lifetime, including illegal drugs like heroin and prescribed pain medications such as OxyContin. These drugs can cause physical dependence. This means that a person relies on the drug to prevent symptoms of withdrawal. Over time, greater amounts of the drug become necessary to produce the same effect. The time it takes to become physically dependent varies with each individual. When the drugs are stopped, the body needs time to recover, and withdrawal symptoms result. Withdrawal from opiates can occur whenever any chronic use is discontinued or reduced. Some people even withdraw from opiates after being given such drugs for pain while in the hospital without realizing what is happening to them. They think they have the flu, and because they don't know that opiates would fix the problem, they don't crave the drugs
Opiate withdrawal reactions are very uncomfortable but are not life threatening. Symptoms usually start within 12 hours of last heroin usage and within 30 hours of last methadone exposure. It is very important that a person has the care of professionals when trying to come off of opiates. At any second they can decide that the pain and discomfort is not worth it and chose to go back to doing their drug

All natural rehab centers are the best choice. It is not a good idea to put the person on another drug to help them get off of the one that they are addicted to. Their bodies will be sorely misused and maltreated after prolonged periods of doing the drug they are addicted to. They need many vitamins, minerals and supplements to help their bodies repair the damage they have done. They also need help to get them out of their head. They no doubt have depleted the serotonin in their brains and will be very depressed and emotional. They also will have to face all of the things they have done as a result of their addiction for the first time sober. This is going to be very hard for them because they have been in a mentally intoxicated state for so long and have not had to deal with or realize their problems.

People may have started doing their drug for many different reasons, but the fact remains that they most likely keep doing it for the same reason. They do not want to face having an opiate withdrawal. Understanding this is the first step to getting them help and guiding them to a successful recovery.

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