What are the symptoms of opioid withdrawal?

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2021 | blog, Drug Charges |

If you recently faced drug crime charges, choosing to become clean can positively benefit your future. For those with opioid addiction, however, rehabilitation comes with its share of struggles. One struggle, according to WebMD, is opioid withdrawal.

Physical symptoms

Opioids attach to your brain’s nerve cells, spinal cord and trigger the release of dopamine while blocking pain messages. When you stop taking the drug, it can affect your body physically. To go through your withdrawal safely, you should have a medical team nearby or a hospital to watch over you.

You may develop symptoms associated with illness, such as a runny nose, fever, vomiting and stomach cramps. Many patients suffer through body aches, fast heartbeat and goosebumps also. If the symptoms concern you, you can speak with a doctor about how you feel and how you can alleviate the symptoms.

When patients overdose and receive treatment to reverse the overdose, the symptoms tend to be stronger and occur faster.

Psychological symptoms

One of the most common signs of opioid withdrawal is anxiety. You may feel anxious and restless as the drug exits your system. Likewise, you may find it difficult to sleep at night and may develop insomnia. In some severe cases, you may experience hallucinations.

Symptoms of withdrawal may show up within 12 hours after you take the drug for the last time. The severity of your symptoms depends on your physical health and how long you used the drug. While most symptoms become more bearable after a few days, they can last for two weeks or more, depending on your circumstance.

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