The drug – opiate is also known as “downer”. Some common opiates like codeine and morphine are prescribed by the doctors as pain killers. If taken in a controlled amount, these drugs are not harmful. But if taken for more than 5 days without medical assistance, it can cause addiction.
These pain relievers can easily become addictive. People can either stop its consumption after the prescription expires or continue taking them illegally. Some do consume it illegally as it gives a sense of euphoria and relieves all the pain.
How Does Detox Work?
While quitting the drug, it becomes difficult for your brain and body to cope with its absence. Gradually reducing the dosage on your own could be dangerous and can lead to relapse. Therefore, seeking professional assistance is necessary. There are treatments available depending on the severity of your addiction. The treatments available are inpatient, outpatient and at – home detox programs.
You just need to be strong and honest to fight the withdrawal symptoms and soon you’ll be free from the addiction.
Withdrawal Symptoms: A Timeline
During the initial phase of the detox, you might feels symptoms related to the nervous systems like:
- Muscle aches
- Low on energy
- Tearing eyes
As you overcome the first phase of the symptoms, few other symptoms can take over. This might feel discouraging and unpleasant but you need to stay motivated and focused on the better future. The second phase can have symptoms like:
- Abdominal cramps
- Chills and goosebumps
- Increased heart rate
- Dilated pupils
If you fail to control yourselves from giving up, you might again fall in the trap of relapse and that could be threatening. If not taken care of, these symptoms could lead to other physical issues like dehydration.
These symptoms can last for a month and can begin to show up just a few hours after taking the last dose. But all of these depend on the drug taken, quantity of the consumed drug and frequency of consumption. As you pass through this phase, you will face another stage of symptoms related to emotions and behavior.
One should not be discouraged by all these as there have been several cases of complete recovery post the treatment. People have overcome all the withdrawal symptoms and have begun living a sober life again. Even you can take your first step towards sobriety, by getting in touch with us at Mallard Lake Detox in Houston, TX.