A Guide To Opioid Detox
What Is Opioid Detox?
Why Does Opioid Detox And Withdrawal Happen?
Symptoms of Opioid Detox
- Increased pulse, blood pressure, and body temperature
- Insomnia and anxiety
- Bone and muscle pain, muscle spasms
- Sweating, teary eyes, and runny nose
- Goosebumps, enlarged pupils, and increased respiratory rate
- Cramping, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting
Opioid Detox Timelines
Opioid detox timelines depend on many things. Detox from shorter-acting opioids (heroin, fentanyl, hydrocodone) begins within 8-10 hours of the last use. Detox from short-acting opioids usually lasts 4-10 days. Detox from longer-acting opioids begins within 12-48 hours of the last use and can last 10-20 days.
In severe cases, Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) can develop. With PAWS, symptoms of detox and withdrawal can last months or years. Working with a detox center can help prevent PAWS through symptom management.
Factors Affecting Opioid Detox
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) And Detox
For many individuals who are addicted to opioids, medication-assisted treatment is the best course of action for detox. Medication-assisted treatment works by reducing or eliminating withdrawal and detox symptoms. Medication-assisted treatment also helps reduce the risk of relapse. This is because the medications used in MAT block cravings as well as the effects of opioids. By managing withdrawal symptoms with MAT, you can begin to work on addressing your addiction sooner. Commonly used MAT drugs include:
Benefits of Medication Assisted Treatment
MAT for opioid detox and addiction treatment has other benefits as well. MAT has been shown to:
- Increase patient survival
- Help individuals stay in treatment
- Decrease criminal activities associated with opioid use
- Help individuals get a job and stay employed
Opioid Detox At Essence Healthcare
Opioid detox can be frightening and difficult to manage on your own. At Essence, we work hard to ensure your care and safety during this sensitive period. We offer medical detox, subacute detox, and medication-assisted treatment programs. Our high staff-to-patient ratio ensures that no matter which program you choose – you will be in good hands.
Additionally, we have several treatment programs to choose from upon finishing detox. At Essence, we understand that treatment is not one-size-fits-all. Our programs are custom for each individual and employ a variety of therapeutic techniques.