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What to Expect When Detoxing from Opioids

Turning Point

Opioid addiction is a dangerous and growing epidemic across the United States, with a reported 4.3 million people using narcotic pain relievers for nonmedical purposes in 2014. These drugs include Codeine, Demerol, Dilaudid, Heroin, Methadone, Morphine, Percocet, Oxycontin, and Vicodin. These drugs can create a physical dependence for their users, and can cause serious withdrawal symptoms when someone who is dependent on a drug stops taking them.

At Turning Point, we understand just how difficult these withdrawal symptoms can be to deal with. Through the variety of treatment programs we offer, including detoxification programs, we have been able to help patients with their addictions across the state of New Jersey over the past 40 years. If you have decided to seek treatment, first of all, you should be commended. Choosing to fight back against something as powerful as addiction can be incredibly difficult, and we understand just how difficult that can be.

Before you begin your detox program, it’s important to understand what to expect when your body begins to withdraw from opioids. In the early stages of your withdrawal, your symptoms may include:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Increased tearing
  • Yawning
  • Sweating
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches

These symptoms will usually begin between 12 and 30 hours after you took your last dose. As your withdrawal continues, the symptoms may become more severe, and can include:

  • Goose bumps
  • Dilated pupils
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

While these symptoms are very unpleasant, they are not life-threatening. No matter where you are when you begin detoxing, it’s important to remain close to a bathroom, and also to remain hydrated. While these withdrawal symptoms aren’t life-threatening, repeated vomiting and diarrhea can cause you to become dehydrated, which can cause health complications.

Beginning your detox from opioids can be difficult, so it’s important to have a strong support group around you. At Turning Point, we understand the value of being close to your friends and family which is why we have multiple locations across New Jersey. By providing convenient locations across the state, we hope to help convince people struggling with addiction to seek out professional help. While it may be possible to detox on your own, it can be dangerous to deal with unexpected or sudden withdrawal symptoms alone.

We offer various treatment programs to our patients, including detoxification programs. Our addiction center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and we have some of the best staff in the nation working in our facilities. If you are committed to taking the next step in dealing with your addiction, contact us today to get started on your road to recovery, or check out our detox FAQ where we answer some common questions about the detoxification process.

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