How to Deal with Opiate Withdrawal

If a person takes Opiate drugs every day for about a month and then tries to abruptly stop, he or she may experience Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms. Opiate withdrawal symptoms are a lot like having a very bad case of the Flu. Individuals may have symptoms which include an elevated heart rate, sweating with hot and cold flushing, restlessness, dilated pupils, runny nose or teary eyes, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, tremors, yawning, anxiety and goose bumps.

For many folks, the withdrawal from Opiates is so uncomfortable, that a person is unable to bear it, so the Opiate Dependent person goes and uses more Opiates to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms. Then, the cycle repeats itself. There can be times, when the addict in an attempt to quickly reduce the severe withdrawal symptoms will use an excessive amount of Opiates, leading to an overdose and sadly, death.

Of course, the best, obvious thing to do for this problem is to prevent becoming dependent on Opiates in the first place. But if one finds themselves in the midst of Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms, he or she may need to seek out medical treatment to especially prevent dehydration and electrolyte imbalances from all of the vomiting and diarrhea. In that case, IV fluids can be administered. If a person is elderly and/or in poor health; Opiate Withdrawal could have a more exaggerated and potentially dangerous outcome. Death is possible, but generally rare.

A Physician who is experienced in working with patients with addictive diseases can prescribe certain blood pressure medications to reduce the withdrawal symptoms. Other times, the individual in Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms can be checked into a hospital for three to five days, for more effective treatments of the withdrawal symptoms. Other doctors may prescribe certain drugs to decrease withdrawal symptoms on an outpatient basis, particularly if the individual is otherwise young and healthy.

If you or a loved one has a problem with Opiates, call for help today. The Drug and Alcohol Detox Clinic of South Mississippi available to accept your call-601.261.9101, or on the web @ You can also follow them on Twitter for latest news and update! There’s Still Hope!


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