Mild Opiate Withdrawal
According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Medline Plus, around 9% of the American population misuses and abuses opiates and people who have been abusing or misusing opiates for long periods of time will have withdrawal symptoms when they stop sing or reduce the amount they are using of opiates.
On average, opiate withdrawals consist of nausea, diarrhea, excessive vomiting, muscle aches, insomnia, mood swings, irritation, anxiety, stomach cramping, decreased appetite and cold sweats.
A person who experiences mild opiate withdrawal symptoms will usually only deal with mild muscle aches, headaches, nausea, irritation and mild forms of anxiety and insomnia. Mild opiate withdrawal symptoms usually only last for a few days; however, the psychological symptoms, such as insomnia and anxiety can continue to be present for a few months.
Opiate Rehab and Addiction Treatment
Even if a person feels as though they will only experience mild opiate withdrawal symptoms they should make sure to be in a supervised environment when they detox from the drug, because opiates cause both physical and psychological withdrawals and every person reacts differently to the drug’s withdrawal symptoms when they detox.
Opiates are extremely powerful analgesic drugs that take hold of a person’s life. People who become addicted to opiates typically destroy relationships in their life as well as lose their motivation for work and lose their financial stability through paying for their addiction.
When a person finally does come off of opiates they will have to learn to accept the mistakes they made while dealing with the withdrawal symptoms, and since the psychological withdrawals of opiates are already difficult for a person to deal with, even if they are mild, a person may end up relapsing after they have already detoxed from the drug.
An opiate addiction treatment program will enable a person to detox while being medically supervised while at the same time helping a person deal with the psychological withdrawals from the drug. This is why, even if a person is dealing with mild opiate withdrawal symptoms, they should still pursue treatment options, because staying clean after they have already detoxed from opiates is another challenge in itself, and is one that takes support and education for most people to accomplish. An opiates addiction treatment program can help a person receive the therapy and knowledge they need to live a drug free life.