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Recovering from an Opiate Addiction 

“How long does opiate withdrawal last?”

This is a common question that many individuals ask themselves.

Research shows that the results can vary based on the particular opiate at hand.

Your opiate of choice, method of ingestion, frequency, dose, and other factors can alter the time it takes to withdraw from opiates.

The better question is this: What is the best way to withdraw from opiates?

The answer is simple — through a medical detox under the care of our knowledgeable and dedicated team of addiction specialists and medical professionals.

How Long does Opiate Withdrawal Last if You Try to Quit Cold-Turkey?

We often get a similar question: How long does it take to withdraw from opiates if you try to quit cold-turkey?

This question also yields different results based on various factors.

Without a skilled medical team’s assistance, it can be hard to commit to a cold-turkey detox.

Many individuals struggling with addiction try to quit this way and end up relapsing.

There is no way to say how long it would take cold turkey since it often does not stick the first time.

Overwhelming withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings make quitting cold turkey challenging for many people.

Opiates are powerful and addictive.

Overcoming an opiate addiction will take patience and persistence.

Our reliable and trusted facility provides you a safe and comfortable place to detox.

It eliminates or reduces many of the risks associated with drug withdrawals and removes temptations and distractions.

Our carefully chosen and professionally administered medications can ease withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings to give you a better chance of success.

A monitored detox in a professional setting is the easiest and safest way to withdraw and start fresh.


How Long Does it Take to Withdraw From Opiates in Rehab?

While the process is different for everyone, withdrawing under a dedicated team’s medical care can streamline your recovery.

However, there are many factors to consider.

Some of these factors include:

  • How long have you been abusing opiates?
  • Which opiates you have been abusing?
  • What method do you or did you use when abusing opiates (i.e., swallowing, snorting, smoking, or injecting)?
  • How much do you take each time?
  • Are there any addiction problems in your family history?
  • What is your genetic makeup (i.e., height, weight, etc.)?
  • What is your medical history and mental health condition or history?

Stages of Opiate Withdrawals

Generally, opiate withdrawals occur in two stages or phases.

The first phase is brief, usually only lasting a day or two after you stop taking the opiates.

However, you are not out of the clear just yet.

Stage two of opiate withdrawals typically lasts from three days to one week.

This length of time is one reason why quitting cold turkey has proven ineffective for many people.

With persistent withdrawal symptoms, drug cravings, and temptations at home, it can be challenging to commit to a full week of withdrawing.

Furthermore, one of the earliest opiate withdrawal symptoms is insomnia.

When you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, your brain struggles to function how it is supposed to.

A lack of sleep can make it harder to resist your drug cravings.

End the cycle of abuse and addiction.

Our medical detox program makes this withdrawal week much easier.

For some patients, withdrawing in a safe and comfortable facility under medical care will expedite the process.

Choose a better way.

Choose to make this commitment to sobriety stick.  


Common Stage One Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

Opiates are potent and powerful drugs.

For this reason, withdrawal symptoms may begin sooner than they would for other drugs.

Some of the most common stage one opiate withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Increased sweating
  • Frequent yawning

Before long, you will move into stage two.

The good news is our team will be right by your side to help you through it.

Common Stage Two Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

The second stage of opiate withdrawal tends to be more intense than the first.

This stage typically begins after the first day or so.

Some common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid heartbeats and high blood pressure
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Goosebumps
  • Abdominal cramps

These painful and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms usually begin to improve after the first 72 hours.

The average medical detox lasts from five to seven days.

Within one week, you should see a significant decrease in physical withdrawal symptoms.

However, some emotional and behavioral symptoms may persist.

In severe cases, emotional or behavioral withdrawal symptoms may last up to a month. These will fade over time.

If you are committed to a comprehensive, customized addiction treatment program as the symptoms fade, they will be much easier to overcome.

Distinguishing Between Opiates and Opioids

The words “opiate” and “opioid” are somewhat interchangeable because one term encompasses all drugs that land in either category.

Opiates are natural drugs derived from plants.

Opioids are synthetic but produce similar effects.

Therefore, the term “opioids” describes drugs that create opiate-like effects.

Chemically engineered opioids mimic the effects of opiates.

Some are entirely synthetic, and others are semi-synthetic.

Semi-synthetic drugs contain natural and chemical ingredients.

Whether the opioids are natural or synthetic, abusing drugs that fall into these categories often leads to addiction.

However, our opiate rehab programs can help.

What are the Most Common Opiates?

Some of the most common opiates and opioids are drugs that are familiar to most Americans.

Whether they know them from personal use or by name, most people recognize these common prescription drugs:

  • Vicodin
  • OxyContin
  • Percocet
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl

Opioids treat moderate to severe pains.

Often, these are chronic pains that are unresponsive to other pain relief methods.

They also may make you feel more relaxed. Feeling relaxed is appealing to many people who have chronic pains and anxieties that make it difficult for them to sleep.

Addictions and overdoses are common in opioid abuse.

Once tolerance builds, the side effects diminish and leave you seeking something stronger.

Increased tolerance is one reason why people who use heroin report starting with prescription opioids.

In one study, up to 86% of respondents admitted to following this path.

At that stage, addiction, coma, and overdose become increasingly likely.

In 2018 alone, there were 14,996 heroin-related overdose deaths.

But opioids do not have to derail your life.

Take back control with our comprehensive addiction care.


Paying for Opiate Addiction Treatments

When you are working toward recovery, you have enough to worry about.

Treatment costs should not deter you from seeking the care you need.

And the good news is most major health insurance providers offer coverage for addiction care treatments.

If you are unsure of the limits of your coverage, please call our admissions department.

They will review and verify your insurance for you or provide alternative payment options for your treatment.

North Jersey Recovery Center

At North Jersey Recovery Center, our goal is to provide you with high-level, customized addiction care that works.

We offer various treatment programs, settings, and methods because we know that each person is different.

We will meet you where you are in your recovery journey and get you to where you need to be.

You have it in you to change your life. Let us help.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Laura Riley

Laura-Riley-Cropped-Profile-150x150Medical Reviewer

Laura comes to NJRC with 23 years of vast clinical experience in hospital, residential, outpatient, and community outreach settings where she has worked, supervised clinical teams, and volunteered. She has provided substance abuse and mental health counseling, clinical coordination, and advocacy to individuals, families and groups, and specializes in co-occurring disorders for both adults and adolescents.