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The Most Common Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

The more a person abuses opioids the more difficult it is to break the cycle. When the time comes to stop using such a drug, many withdrawal symptoms can make the process challenging.

Withdrawal is common if a person has used opioids for an extended period of time, typically several weeks or longer. Furthermore, this is more likely in the event of heavy use.

If you or a loved one is facing opioid withdrawal, it is essential to understand the symptoms you may experience along the way. Being prepared is half the battle.

Here are some of the most common opioid withdrawal symptoms:

opioid withdrawal symptoms

Opioid withdrawal can cause low energy, anxiety and mood swings.

  • Low energy
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Hot and cold sweats
  • Teary eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle pains, aches, and cramps
  • Nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting
  • Yawning

Some of these withdrawal symptoms are more serious than others. While most people can deal with minor symptoms, such as yawning and a runny nose, it is more challenging to overcome extreme nausea and vomiting.

The good thing about opioid withdrawal is that it will not last forever. Even though you may be feeling poorly, even thinking about going back to your old life, you should always realize that it will come to an end sooner rather than later. Within a week, the worst of the withdrawal will be behind you.

If you are concerned about the opioid withdrawal process, including how you will deal with the symptoms, it is best to visit a rehab facility. The reason for this is simple: they know what you are going through, what to expect, and how to best treat each and every symptom. In some cases, there are prescription drugs you can take to lessen the severity of the symptoms. This will make it much easier to get through withdrawal.

No two people are the same. For this reason, no two people will feel the same when going through opioid withdrawal. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing how you will feel until you finally decide to cut opioids out of your life for good. At that point, once you begin the withdrawal process, you will better understand what you are up against.

Even though you may feel poorly during withdrawal, always remember that you are doing the right thing. You may feel bad at the time, but when everything is over and done with you will be on the path to a full recovery.

Where do calls go?

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the SubstanceAbuse.org helpline is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you. Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither SubstanceAbuse.org nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.

For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page. If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can browse top-rated listings or visit SAMHSA.

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