People who are actively abusing or are addicted to opiates for an extended period of time, will eventually experience withdrawal symptoms. A person abusing opiates will become physically addicted to them within a few weeks of continual use. When they attempt to abstain from the use of opiates is typically when withdrawal symptoms occurs. Opiates are widely abused and come in both synthetic and natural forms. There a various types of opiates but, the most commonly abused of them are heroin, oxycontin, methadone, Percocet, and Vicodin.
Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal
Excessive sweating during all hours of the night is one of the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. This may be one of the first symptoms a person will notice after abrupt restraint from opiate abuse. Other symptoms typical of opiate withdrawal include, agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, insomnia, and runny nose. In general, the more severe symptoms will occur after the early onset of opiate withdrawal. Some of the severe symptoms, though none are life threatening, can deter many opiate addicts from attempting to quit. Abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, are the worst side effects of opiate withdrawal. These side effects of opiate withdrawal may persist anywhere between three and seven days.
Opiate Withdrawal Remedy
Holistic remedies are natural remedies used to treat diseases or afflictions. The holistic remedies that are recommended for the treatment of opiate withdrawals are passionflower extract, ginger, and valerian root. One herbal remedy in existence is called Withdrawal-Ease. This remedy combines the three aforementioned natural ingredients and many others to aid one in the process of detoxification.
Prescribed medications to help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal seem to be more common than the use of holistic remedies. Buprenorphine is the most popular choice amongst opiate addicts experiencing withdrawal symptoms. In most cases, when a person decides to take this path of withdrawal resistance, a doctor will prescribe them to Subutex or Suboxone. Generally, the doctor will diagnose the extent and severity of one’s abuse and will prescribe the dosage accordingly. Also, when the symptoms are less persistent, a doctor will taper his or her patient down to lower dosages. This system, on the surface, seems to be a perfect way to get through withdrawal in a pain free manner. However, there are side effects to these medications which can be more accurately described by a doctor. Buprenorphine abuse is also common since buprenorphine produces similar effects as other easily abused opiates.
As well as holistic and prescribed medications, there is another form of detoxification being used throughout the world called rapid opiate detoxification. Rapid opiate detox entauses anesthetics and drugs that block the opiate receptors in a person’s brain. While under anesthesia, the patient is injected with opiate blockers, this allows for the person to skip the uncomfortable symptoms of opiate withdrawal. There are no guaranteed results from rapid opiate detox and several deaths have also been recorded due to complications from this procedure. If you are suffering from an opiate addiction finding a treatment center with a medical detox can be your best shot at long term sobriety.