Understanding Opiate Withdrawal, Symptoms and Timeline

 In Symptoms, Withdrawal

Opiate withdrawal comes with strong physical and emotional symptoms that make the idea of beginning opiate withdrawal intimidating.

Opiate withdrawal timeline depends on many factors, including which opiates are being abused, the dosage and the period of time they were abused. The physical symptoms of short-acting opiates can start as early as 6-12 hours after the last dose. Long-acting opiate withdrawal symptoms don’t start until about 30 hours after the last dosage but can last up to a week.

Initial Physical Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Trouble falling and staying asleep
  • Racing heart
  • Hypertension

Physical symptoms become most severe within 72 hours and can last up to a week.

Stronger Physical Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Depression
  • Drug cravings

Even after the physical effects of withdrawal have passed, the mental and emotional effects of can continue.

Emotional Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Low energy
  • Depression
  • Strong addiction cravings
  • Insomnia

man suffering opiate withdrawal symptoms

Achieving lasting recovery requires a treatment plan that focuses on both the physical and mental treatment of addiction symptoms. Advanced treatment programs have specially trained addiction physicians who are committed to defeating both the physical and mental effects of opiate withdrawal symptoms.

At Opiate Treatment Centers of America our addiction specialists create unique treatment programs for each individual that includes medical and behavioral-assisted therapies. Suboxone is used to manage cravings while preventing long-lasting withdrawal symptoms that perpetuate the addiction cycle. Our counseling supports patients in identifying a relapse prevention plan and in developing the coping skills they will need to implement that plan.

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