What should you expect from opioid recovery? When someone goes through an addiction treatment program, it could take a while before going back to daily life. If you or someone you know is considering getting professional help, it could help to know how long it will take and what else to expect.
What Are the Signs of Opioid Addiction?
The signs of opioid addiction are typically the short-term psychological and physical side effects of opioid use. The following are some of the obvious common side effects that may occur shortly after ingesting these substances:
- A euphoric rush
- Clouded thinking
- Flushed skin
- Heaviness of limbs
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe itching
- Slowed heart rate after the euphoric rush
There are also atypical reactions to opioid use, which can last until the next day or even longer. These atypical reactions may be due to adulterated drugs. Opioids come in prescription drugs but also as street drugs that are not tested for purity and safety. Some batches can include other chemicals and materials that could be poisonous. Atypical reactions that could present after adulterated opioid use include bouts of anxiety, chest pains, headaches, palpitations, shortness of breath, and tremors.
What’s the Opioid Recovery Timeline?
A patient’s opioid recovery timeline is greatly affected by how long they need to deal with their withdrawal. Long-time users may need more time to fully detox and get over their withdrawal symptoms. Some physical symptoms may pop up from time to time throughout opioid addiction treatment, and some psychological symptoms could linger for months after initial detox. However, it usually takes no more than a week to go through acute withdrawal. Here’s a typical opioid recovery timeline of that week:
- 6–24 hours: Detox can take several days, but withdrawal symptoms will begin as soon as six hours after the last opioid dose. These symptoms include bouts of anxiety, diarrhea, drug cravings, insomnia, muscle aches, pain, poor concentration, and tremors.
- 1–3 days: The intensity of opioid withdrawal symptoms typically peak within the first three days after detox. Symptoms that arose during the first 24 hours will often grow in severity. New symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, nausea, stomach aches, and vomiting could develop.
- 4–7 days: After peaking, withdrawal symptoms will begin waning until they naturally subside. By the seventh day, the acute phase of a patient’s withdrawal period will be mostly over.
What Should You Expect From Opioid Addiction Treatment Programs?
The intake process will come with a comprehensive examination and assessment of a patient’s health and addiction history. The details from this process will often be the basis of a patient’s customized addiction treatment plan.
Next, a patient will go through the detox process – if needed, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) will be administered to help a patient deal with multiple withdrawal symptoms that may be uncomfortable and distracting for them. In particular, opioid cravings could be eased by some prescribed medications.
After detox, the patient will be exposed to many forms of care and therapy. In particular, behavioral therapy will help them learn about the specifics of their opioid use – the causes, the triggers, and how it’s affected their life and relationships. They will learn coping skills, find ways to overcome setbacks and create a plan for long-lasting recovery.
If a patient chooses to go through an inpatient program, they will also benefit from 24-hour care. Proper nutrition, regular exercise, and a peaceful environment are just some of what a patient will experience in a residential addiction treatment program.
Learn More About Midwest Detox Center’s Opioid Addiction Treatment Program
Want to know more about the opioid recovery timeline? Contact Midwest Detox Center today by calling 833.647.0392 or reaching out to our team online.