CAN OPIOID WITHDRAWAL BE LIFE THREATENING
- August 10, 2018
Once you become addicted to opioids, you will suffer from symptoms of withdrawal if you stop taking the drug. Opioids will create a physical dependence within your body once you become addicted to them and take them regularly. These opioids that you can become dependent upon include codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, and some other drugs. The withdrawal symptoms result from your body’s dependence not being fed once they are addicted to opioids.
The symptoms of opioid withdrawal can be very unpleasant and can hinder someone’s chances of being successful in recovery. Within hours of ceasing to take opioid drugs, withdrawal symptoms may begin. Some of the typical symptoms can include aching muscles, anxiety, insomnia, runny nose, and sweating. As withdrawal progresses, the symptoms will become more advanced. The late-stage withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dilated pupils, goose bumps, and abdominal cramping.
While the symptoms are extremely uncomfortable to most people enduring them, they are not usually life-threatening. However, there are cases in which the symptoms can become life-threatening. Most of the potential for life-threatening symptoms lies in the severity of the vomiting and diarrhea symptoms.
If these symptoms become severe enough, even bigger problems can arise. One of the major concerns is dehydration. People can also experience hypernatraemia, a heightened level of sodium in the blood. These symptoms can sometimes result in heart failure.
It is easy to avoid your symptoms becoming life-threatening if you are going through opioid withdrawal. The most important thing to remember is that you should never go through opioid withdrawal alone. You should seek help from a medical professional.
There are several ways that doctors can help with the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Opioid tapering, which involves lowering opioid dosage until the amount that is needed is nothing can be used to combat withdrawal. There are several other drugs that doctors can use to fight the difficult symptoms of withdrawal, though.
Asana Recovery understands that withdrawal can be hard to overcome when you are trying to begin your path to recovery. We work with patients who are enduring this trial every day. Through our experience, we have learned how to create an environment in which you can safely experience detoxification from opioids and other drugs. Our experienced staff is extremely knowledgeable in easing the symptoms of opioid withdrawal as much as they possibly can.
At Asana Recovery, we provide people with a supervised detoxification and a residential treatment program that will help them stay in recovery for the years to come. Our supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment helps foster a place that will help you overcome addiction. You can learn how to live a healthier and happier life during your time at Asana Recovery. If you want a better future for yourself, do not wait another minute. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about the comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment programs that we offer. We are available at any time of the day to help you with your next step.