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What is Opioid Withdrawal About?

What is Opioid Withdrawal About?

It takes so much strength to fight back against drug addiction, much less opioid withdrawal, in rehab. Feeling sick everyday is no fun because it can feel hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when the pain gets really severe. Physical and emotional symptoms are part of the process, but finding a good rehab and recovery program can be a lifesaver in that they will have medical staff available to help mitigate some of the symptoms and keep a loved one in withdrawal safe throughout the process.

Physical Withdrawal

Physical opioid withdrawal symptoms include such symptoms as:

  • Aches
  • Pains
  • Spasms
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Dope sickness

Dope sickness from opioid withdrawal is also about the fear of the thing itself, which can trigger desperation and panic. The fear can drive addiction in spite of the actual addiction because withdrawal is perceived as being ‘too hard to manage,’ opioid addiction is hard to get past because it is very addictive, the high is all-consuming, but it often takes over a person’s life until there is nothing left. Dope sickness is just one symptom that needs support in withdrawal.

Working Thru Panic

The first stage of symptoms can bring fear and panic into a person’s heart. The overwhelming sensation that doom is coming from withdrawal may drive a relapse or continued use. A person in opioid withdrawal may experience mental symptoms that contribute to the panic, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fear of what is ahead
  • Focusing on the past

Seeking Help

When a person with addiction hits rock bottom, they may hate themselves or think they want to have it all back and don’t know how to hit ‘restart’ on their life without addiction at the helm.

It takes a lot of strength to make that first move and ask for help. It is about standing in the face of the fear, pain, and worry to ask for help navigating what’s ahead. Doctors can prescribe medication which help mitigate symptoms including benzodiazepines or clonidine.

Suboxone and methadone are also used by some doctors but it all depends on the individual’s situation. What matters is finding a safe space to collect their thoughts, navigate withdrawal with support, and getting out on the other side ready to face recovery head on.

Serenity Oaks helps you claim victory from addiction by providing a safe space in a5 week intensive program that supports recovery from addiction. Our therapeutic and medical support are just one of the tools we provide to help set you up for success in recovery. Call us to find out how we can help you get started: 844-720-6847.  

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