How Long Does It Take To Recover From Opioid Addiction?

How Long Does It Take?

Anyone that has been addicted to drugs will know that withdrawing from that addiction is a different process for everyone. Whilst the symptoms are similar and the stories sound the same, each person’s recovery journey is different; it’s a very personal experience and how long it takes to recover from opioid addiction is not set in stone.

There is no set answer as to how long it takes to withdraw from opioid addiction. The withdrawal timeline is dependent on different factors. Where one person’s withdrawal symptoms will last a few days to a week, another person’s symptoms may last for a month. In some rare cases, the timeline could be a lot longer.

Factors That Contribute To The Opioid Withdrawal Timeline

Opioid drugs

The symptoms of opiate withdrawal can range from mild to severe, depending on how addicted to the drug the user is. A person’s dependency can be linked directly to a number of factors:

How long the drug user has been taking the opiate.
The level of the dose. Which particular opiate was being taken.
How the opiate was being taken.
Any underlying medical conditions and/or any mental health issues.
Some environmental and biological factors, i.e. any family history of addiction.
Any previous trauma experienced and/or unsupportive, stressful surroundings or lifestyle. The age of the person. The older person may suffer withdrawal symptoms that are more severe and this could be down to their organs health and immune system.

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Opioid Addiction Treatment Options

Like other chronic diseases, addiction takes ongoing care and attention to prevent relapse.

Individuals who go through and complete at least a 30-day addiction treatment program have a higher success rate in achieving long term recovery. Those who leave a treatment program with a comprehensive aftercare plan, such as sober living, outpatient program, or AA will transition to long-term recovery more successfully.

Can You Quit Opioids Cold Turkey?

Suddenly stopping opioid or heroin use is not recommended. It can cause an onset of very severe withdrawal symptoms. Those who do try to taper off of these types of drugs seldomly succeed. Relapsing during withdrawal is one of the causes of overdose. If is important to experience withdrawal in a medically assisted detox where it is safe.

Opioid And Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Opioid Symptoms

At first, the symptoms when withdrawing from opiates are fairly mild. These include:

Watery eyes
Runny nose

However, these symptoms may get worsen after a couple days and could include:

Blurred vision
Rapid heartbeat

As with any addictive substance, the longer one has been using and the larger the amount used, the more dependent the body becomes on the substance. In severe cases, withdrawal from opiates can include extreme sweating and anxiety.

Heroin Symptoms

Cravings for heroin are much stronger when withdrawing from the drug. This is often why it’s so hard for addicts to get out of the using cycle. Withdrawal can be extremely unpleasant and may include:

Depression, anxiety and irritability
Aches and pains
Excessive sweating, tears and runny nose
Diarrhea and stomach pain
Nausea and vomiting

Medications For Opiate Withdrawal

In a medically assisted detox, there are a few medications that are used to help the individual withdrawal symptoms become less severe and more tolerable. Some of these medications could include:

Opioid Rehab Services

Detoxing from opioids or heroin is the first step toward recovery. However, the evidence is clear that the longer a person distances themselves from their last use of opioids or heroin, the greater chance of recovery. At Peaks Recovery Centers, the next step in our recovery process is transitioning into our residential inpatient rehab.

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