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Social Distancing May Lead to Opiate/Drug Withdrawal

Social Distancing May Lead to Opiate/Drug Withdrawal

COVID-19 is impacting the world, and many are focused on preventing the spread and treating coronavirus. DreamLife Recovery is remaining focused on helping people overcome their addictions. Experiencing a detox during the COVID-19 outbreak can make the situation more challenging. You may think you cannot get help due to the suggestions of social distancing and quarantine, but we are here to help! DreamLife Recovery is accepting patients at this time and will do everything to allow you to overcome addiction! Below is some information about opiate and drug withdrawal.

What is Opioid/Drug Detoxification? 

If a person becomes dependent on opioids and stops use, they may experience withdrawal symptoms. During detox, toxins from the drugs are removed from your body. Prolonged use of opioids and other drugs cause the body to build a tolerance to the effects of the drug. Once this tolerance is built, a person must take more to feel the same effects. This quickly leads to dependence and addiction to the drug or opioid, making it more challenging to stop on your own. The processing centers of your brain must readjust to the lack of drugs in your system. A person can begin to feel the effects of withdrawal within hours of their last dose.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms 

Withdrawal symptoms can begin to appear between doses of certain opioids, typically leading the person to take more. If a person stops using, withdrawal symptoms can start a few hours after their last dose and last for a week or longer. Symptoms will vary for each individual depending on the drug that was being used, how long it was used, how much was taken, other health conditions, and any underlying mental issues.

According to American Addiction Centers, symptoms may include:

  • Early Withdrawal Symptoms: muscle aches, agitation, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, sweating, increased heart rate, hypertension, and fever 
  • Late Withdrawal Symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, stomach cramps, depression, and drug cravings 
  • People may also experience other more severe physical or psychological symptoms during opiate withdrawal 

5 Tips with Drug Withdrawal 

  1. Get Support- Find Someone you trust 

Having someone you trust with you while you detox is very important. They can prevent you from taking more drugs. Ask them to take your keys to prevent you from leaving to attain more opioids. If your symptoms become too severe, they will able to call for help.

  1. Get Comfortable 

Withdrawal symptoms are not going to be easy. Try to make your space as comfortable as you can because you will not be able to go anywhere, as you are going to feel extremely sick. Prepare yourself to have to stay in one place with plenty of food and water until you can function again.

  1. Exercise and Meditation 

When you can, exercise and try to meditate. Keeping the body active and the mind calm can help you handle any cravings you may experience. Meditation can help you find a calm escape while your body is flushing out the opioids from your system. Exercise is a natural mood enhancer and can keep the body and mind healthy.

  1. Keep your Body Nourished 

Stay hydrated and try to keep food in your body. As your body detoxes, dehydration will occur. Eating may be difficult at first, but try to resume eating as soon as possible to replenish your body. You may be able to start with broth or jello, and once you can keep food down, maintain a balanced and healthy diet.

  1. If your symptoms are severe- Seek Medical Attention Immediately 

Do not hesitate to ask for help! Call DreamLife Recovery admissions team 24/7 at (844) 402-3592 or dial 911 if you need help!  

Dangers of Detoxing Alone 

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Opioids are extremely addicting and cause extreme cravings when people try to discontinue use. People that detox without a rehab program are more likely to relapse. Getting help at a rehabilitation facility will allow you access to other types of therapies and medical detox if needed. MAT, or medication-assisted treatment, helps reduce withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings for opioids. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and life-threatening if done alone. Therapy and holistic healing, such as those offered at DreamLife Recovery, can treat underlying conditions that may have led to your dependence on opioids. If these underlying issues are not addressed, you are more likely to relapse.

DreamLife Recovery offers detoxMATresidential, and aftercare planning programs for those struggling with alcohol or drug addiction and those with co-occurring disorders with addiction. Protocols are in place to provide treatment while keeping staff, patients, and future patients safe from the spread of COVID-19. Do not hesitate to get help for your addiction. Call our admissions team 24/7 at (844) 402-3592 or fill out a contact form now to get yourself or a loved one help for their addiction.

Resources:  

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/withdrawal-timelines-treatments/opiate 

https://www.helpguide.org/harvard/opioid-addiction.htm 

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