The process of opioid addiction recovery is not an easy one. The opiate withdrawal symptoms you may experience throughout your detoxification will try your patience, tempt your resolve, and even cause pain.
However, without adequate treatment, you risk becoming part of a tragic statistic as 1 of the 91 Americans that lose their lives daily to an opioid overdose.
So what symptoms should you expect to go through during an opioid withdrawal? Read on to find out.
Here are the 5 most common opiate withdrawal symptoms:
1. Sudden Muscle Twitches and Aches
At first, these can be alarming, but you should not be concerned because it is a common symptom of the opiate detox process. The muscle spasms can occur suddenly and could appear anywhere in your body. Most commonly, muscle spasms occur in the arms and legs. The sensation can be irritating and uncomfortable, but it does not cause long-term issues because it eventually dissipates.
2. Gastrointestinal Disturbances (Diarrhea, Nausea, and Vomiting)
While detoxing, most people do not have an appetite and often cannot eat due to nausea or vomiting. It is still essential that your body stays hydrated and nourished. The output of body fluids without replenishment can cause dehydration and fatigue.
3. Depression and Anxiety
Depression is a symptom that is commonly experienced while going through opiate detox. The depression can be centered on the shame and guilt of the current situation and feeling chained to opioids. Patients often report feeling sad, worthless, and hopeless.
Staying focused on becoming opioid-free through rapid opiate detox can help give hope and motivation to get through the difficult symptoms. Once a person has fully recovered and is healthy, situational depression typically clears.
4. Lack of Energy
Another major withdrawal symptom is the lack of energy you will feel. It will feel as though you are running a marathon, you did not prepare for, even when you are completing simple tasks like going to the bathroom.
Ironically, the best way to combat the lack of energy is to get some exercise. You don’t have to worry about doing anything too strenuous but make sure you’re breaking a sweat.
5. Inability to sleep
It is not uncommon to go through phases of insomnia while going through an opiate detox. One of the main reasons sleep is so troublesome is the muscle twitches and the hypnic jerks that occur throughout the night.
Hypnic jerks are best described as your brain’s “fight-or-flight” mode kicking in just before you fall asleep. This activation will have you waking up and feeling like you were falling and hit the ground.
Opioids also affect the body’s hormones. Insomnia can be a longer-lasting symptom until the body regains its ability to regulate the hormones.
The Recovery Process
These symptoms are not guaranteed to be experienced, nor are they dangerous if monitored properly.
However, accurately controlling your symptoms, diet, and water intake could be difficult during opiate withdrawal symptoms. That’s why we recommend seeking professional help, like the Waismann Method.
Waismann Method Rapid Detox has been treating patients for nearly 20 years. With one-on-one treatment, a doctor’s undivided attention, and individualized care, your recovery can be easier and safer than you think.
Residential Recovery Center
At Domus Retreat recovery center, we provide you with all the comforts of home without your life’s responsibilities back home. This allows you time to focus on regaining your strength and achieving recovery.
The road to recovery may not be an easy path, but that’s why we’re here. We will help guide and support you throughout the detoxification process, and you can start living a much healthier, drug-free life before you know it!
Don’t wait any longer. Call 1-800-423-2482 to speak confidentially with an opioid detox expert.