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5 Things to Know Before Detoxing from Opiates

Know what to plan for before detoxing from opiates to successfully maintain your sobriety.

If you are thinking about detoxing from opiates once and for all, you are not alone and there is help available that is effective in getting you on the path to recovery. While detoxing from opiates can be difficult, it is the first step toward living a sober life. The detox process can be made easier to tolerate as well as safer for patients who are under the care and supervision of a specialized medical professionals at an inpatient drug rehab treatment facility. Here are five things to know before starting the withdrawal process that will enable you to maximize the opportunity to remain clean once you have completed the detox stage:

How long does opiate withdrawal last? While the duration of detox is different for everyone, there is as approximate guideline, or opiate withdrawal symptoms timeline that is a general indicator of what to expect when someone is detoxing from opiates:

According to Medline Plus, an information site that is part of the National Institutes of Health, anyone going through detox for opiates should be evaluated for depression and other mental illnesses. Treating these disorders can significantly reduce the risk of relapse. Antidepressants are often used in conjunction with other therapies that aid in a patient’s recovery. To learn more about detoxification from opiates and information about opiate addiction, visit: American Society of Addiction Medicine.

 

Sources:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000949.htm

http://www.healthline.com/health/opiate-withdrawal#overview1

https://www.asam.org/public-resources/pain-and-addiction