Parent’s Guide To Opiate Withdrawal And Detox

Parent’s Guide To Opiate Withdrawal And Detox

The addiction and withdrawal to opiates has been an issue since decades. It has been in the black market for reasons like a rise in the number of it’s prescribed users. This has resulted in an increase in the number of deaths due to it’s overdose. Over the course of time, we all might have come across someone who has been a victim to opioid addiction. 

Impact On Family

Realizing your child is addicted to opioids could be a nightmare to all the parents. Especially when they have children of their own. Such cases can complicate the situation and recovery process. You may find yourself becoming the guardian for your grandchildren while your own child tries to fight the addiction and it’s withdrawal symptoms. 

The best you can do in such a situation is remain aware and support your ward. All they need in this fight will be your positiveness and hope for their recovery. Hence, being aware about the process can be extremely helpful. 

Withdrawal Process

Chronic opioid abuse can lead to consequences like opioid tolerance, dependence and addiction. Extended use of the substance can pose even more threatening changes in the brain. Stopping opioids suddenly can cause acute opioid withdrawal which is the major struggle.  

There are significantly higher risks in case of acute opioid addiction. Patients can experience mild symptoms of insomnia or fever which can increase the chances of relapse. Withdrawal symptoms could be uncomfortable and unsafe, therefore, selecting the right medical detoxification is very important.  



Withdrawal Symptoms

Opioids work as a depressant and slows down your mind and body as if you’re experiencing a drop in the oxygen and blood flow. You may also experience: 

  • Vomiting and nausea 
  • Intense drug craving
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Increased heart rate
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty with concentration 
  • Insomnia
  • Sore muscles
  • Headaches, fever and sweating

Medication – Assisted Treatment (MAT)

A MAT program or medication – assisted treatment program is a recommended solution for opioid addiction. The medication process takes place under controlled medical supervision. The patient is supplied with other controlled medication like methadone or suboxone to reduce the adverse effects of the withdrawal.  

Washburn House works for MAT programs and coordinates with nearby clinics which offer MAT and discusses the options which are best for your child. 

Making The Choice

The path to achieving absolute sobriety will not be easy, neither for you nor for your child. No matter the age of your child, they will always need your support, sometimes as a parent and sometimes as a caring friend. At times, they might express the urge to give up, but your role will be to support them positively and make them strong enough to continue the process. You can make them remember about their life pre – addiction and how it will be post the treatment. That can induce hope to get better. Call us now to learn more!

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