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How to Ease Opium Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

How to Ease Opium Addiction Withdrawal SymptomsWhile opium can be used as a pain reliever, many people use it recreationally which frequently causes addiction. Uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms are usually the cause of continued opium abuse.

How to Handle Opium Withdrawal Symptoms

Many people, forced by the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms, turn to at-home remedies to detox or help deal with an addiction. Trying to quit cold turkey may cause sudden, severe and even life-threatening withdrawal symptoms which may drive a person back to opium. In this way, quitting cold turkey alone can be counterproductive. Others try tapering their opium use to ease withdrawal symptoms. While this method has its benefits, if done incorrectly, it can invite the same problems as the “cold turkey” method. Incorrectly tapering opium can end with discouragement and heavier opium use. Some people even try using over-the-counter medications with a similar chemical make up to opium in order to curb the most distressing opium withdrawal symptoms. The problem here is that taking medications in combination with each other increases your chances of overdose and unwanted interactions.

Opium Withdrawal Symptoms

Opium withdrawal symptoms may start within 12 hours of your last dose and it can take 4-7 days for opium to completely leave the body. These withdrawal symptoms include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Cramps
  • Tearing
  • Insomnia
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle spasms
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares/hallucinations

How Addiction Rehabilitation Helps Opium Withdrawals

Rehab can, first and foremost, provide a safe environment to detox from opium. Medically supervised detox is necessary to prevent complications, and it will help ease your withdrawal symptoms. Rehab can also help you deal with the indirect consequences of opium abuse, such as malnutrition, constipation, respiratory complications, low blood pressure and seizures. Treating all of an addiction – the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual problems – is another major focus of rehab centers. By addressing all the underlying causes of addiction through behavioral therapies and counseling, a rehab center can help prevent relapse. In a rehab center, you can get much needed support from peers and group meetings. With the help of a qualified rehab center, you can overcome opium withdrawal, receive proper treatment, and put a stop to opium abuse.

Opium Detoxification Help

If you or someone you know is experiencing the pain of opium withdrawal symptoms, call our toll-free helpline as soon as possible. You don’t have to wait – our phone lines are open 24 hours a day. When you call, ask about how your insurance may be able to cover the costs of rehab. In rehab, you can find a safe way to break free from the cycle of drug abuse.