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5 Tips on Coping with Opiate Withdrawals

January 29, 2016

Opiate addiction is serious because the drugs used can have a strong effect on the body. Opiates generally serve to treat extreme pain. Doctors will usually prescribe medicine such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Codeine, and Morphine when an individual endures events such as surgeries or stitches. Unfortunately, some people might enjoy and become dependent on the lack of feeling these drugs cause.

The process to opiate rehab can be long and difficult. The withdrawals can cause physical symptoms and pain because the drug effects your nerves so strongly.

Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Agitation
  • Fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Diarrhea

Because opiate withdrawals can be so severe and painful, it is important to get the treatment you need to recover. However, there are also some things you can do personally to help deal with the symptoms.

Cut Down on the Opiates Gradually

Because opiates tend to be strong, it might not be a good idea to quit cold turkey. Instead, the Department of Veteran Affairs suggests that individuals reduce their dosage by 20-50% every week. This way you can ease off the drug and reduce the risks of relapsing.

Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration is one of the key withdrawal symptoms with opiates. With the excessive sweating, diarrhea, and vomiting, the body can lose a lot of water. That is why you should drink plenty of water to ensure it stays hydrated.

Get Enough Rest

The body undergoes duress and a struggle when overcoming an addiction. It can leave you feeling weak and tired. You should try to rest your body as much as possible. Try to sleep for at least eight hours every night. Avoid extreme exercises or strenuous activity. Let your body heal.

Reduce Work or Stress

For some people, their opiate addiction begins because of the high amount of stress in their lives. Even if that may not be the case for you, try to reduce the number of hours you work and avoid the things that stress you. You need time to decompress and focus on recovering.

Be Kind to Yourself

Drug addiction may bring a sense of shame or dejection. Do not allow that to get you down. The fact that you recognize you may need help or seek treatment is huge! Be kind to yourself. Take the time to do things you enjoy.

At Turning Point, we understand how difficult opiate addiction can be. We offer different programs that target drug addiction and help to combat it so you can carry on with your life. Contact us today or request an admission to take the first steps to a healthier you!

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