Opioids are prescription medication, opiates is another term. These prescription pills are used for chronic pain management. For those who are abusing the drug, they produce a short-lived euphoria, and have also have been proven highly addictive. Common names of opioids are Percocet, oxycodone, hydrocodon, Vicodin, Dilaudid, morphine, codeine, methadone, Suboxone, and related prescription pain drugs. It is estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opiate prescription drugs worldwide.
The opiate epidemic in the United States has been headline news since 2015, it is the leading cause of accidental deaths, recently beating car accidents. There are many instances where individuals who start with prescription pain-pill abuse end up with a full-blown heroin addiction. The harder it is to find prescription opiates, the easier it is to justify using heroin. After all, it produces the same high as opiates and is less expensive. It is sad, but we have heard the story many times. The nation is facing a crisis with opioids, these drugs are the most heavily abused substance. A STAT investigation found that opioids could kill as many as 500,000 Americans in the next decade.
Even when prescribed, this category of drugs is dangerous. They take a toll on the body, mind and soul of the user. Unfortunately, “cold turkey” methods of detox are ineffective and if you want to start your new life clean and sober a medical detox is the best first choice. Daylight Detox and Recovery stresses the belief that a proper medical detox is the best way to start a successful recovery. It is safer and far more comfortable.
What is the Timeline for Untreated Drug Withdrawal?
Like most drug withdrawals, it depends on the severity of the dependence. It is hard to verify a specific opiate withdrawal timeline due to the varying factors in usage length, amount, how old the individual is and there are other determining factors. Every person has a slightly different reaction.
The natural withdrawal process, without any medical oversight, can be anywhere from three to four days or in extreme cases last up to multiple weeks. The body will cleanse itself from the drugs and in order to do that it goes through a variety of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
When opioids are discontinued suddenly, when the drug was taken daily or with a habit, the person can experience a number of unpleasant feelings and reactions. These are commonly known as withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal can happen after a prescription pain-killer (opiate prescription) is prescribed from a doctor for a prolonged period.
Some of the opioid withdrawal symptoms include:
Daylight Detox and Recovery’s main goal is to ensure our clients are comfortable and safe. We understand what an exhausting process withdrawal and detoxification can be.
A detox from opioids (or opiate, prescription pain killers) can be dangerous. In instances where a drug withdrawal is a safety concern, it is better to have proper supervision and medical care. Even though there are ways to self-detox, and “cold turkey”, there is no protection from two of the biggest obstacles during the withdrawal. The mental obsession and the dangerous medical complications that may occur. The best way to detox from opioids is to seek a proper medical detox.
An opiate detoxification 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. Our goals are to always encourage the continuous growth of our clients, we are here to support our clients during their recovery journey and new life. We know that the better their recovery foundation is with Daylight, the more courage they will have to be successful in sobriety.