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What is Opioid Withdrawal?

What is Opioid Withdrawal?

The first thing to know about opioid withdrawal is that it can be extremely uncomfortable. While it is not life threatening, it can be very dangerous if you are withdrawing from a combination of drugs. (Alcohol and drug withdrawal is different for each drug. Benzodiazepine withdrawal and alcohol withdrawal are potentially dangerous)

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

Anxiety, Agitation, Insomnia
Low energy, Irritability, Runny nose, Teary eyes
Yawning
Goose bumps
Hot and cold sweats
Abdominal cramping
Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Muscle aches and pains

Stages of Withdrawal

Opioid withdrawal symptoms can last upwards of one month. Phase one (acute withdrawal) begins about 12 hours after your last use. And it typically peaks at around 4 – 5 days, and can last upwards of 4 weeks. Phase two (post-acute withdrawal) can last upwards of  two years. Symptoms include anxiety, mood swings, low enthusiasm, variable energy, , variable concentration, and disturbed sleep

The  phase one has mostly physical symptoms, and the stage two has mostly emotional symptoms. The symptoms of phase two withdrawal are less severe but last longer.

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