There’s no way to make it pretty. Kicking opiates is brutal. … But it’s worth it. We know, because we’ve done it ourselves. Helping other people get to the other side is why we started this whole journey with Transformations Care. Our experience can help. Knowing what to expect can help prepare you to face it head on and get to the other side, clean and sober.
First of all, opiate withdrawal symptoms happen because over time, your body has gotten used to having chemicals in it. Your brain structure and chemistry have literally changed to make a home for heroin. In withdrawal, your brain and body start going back to normal—and it hurts.
Withdrawal can begin as soon as six hours after your last dose, or up to 30 hours later if you were taking something with a slower tail time, like methadone. You’ll start to feel symptoms you’ve probably felt before in between fixes: aches, anxiety, nausea, a runny nose, sweating, a fast heart rate, and more.
The heaviest symptoms start about 72 hours in. That’s when you’ll be hit with puking, diarrhea, stomach pain, depression, and serious cravings. This is the point where a lot of people detoxing solo throw in the towel. If you’re in a safe facility, though, the staff can give you tools or meds to make it through.
The heaviest symptoms should die down in a week to ten days. Although detox is technically “ending” at that point, you’ll still feel pretty raw, and the risk of relapse is high. Transitioning straight from detox to a residential treatment program, like at Transformations Care, is the best way to ensure that your detox ends up being worth it, and you can start building recovery.
Or if you’re still not sure it’s worth it, listen to the stories of transformation in recovery on our podcast, here.
Getting Clean & Sober at Home
Today, more than 75% of hospitals and healthcare providers offer access to telehealth treatment, with 29 states having gone so far as to enact telehealth parity laws, which force insurance companies to reimburse patients for telehealth at the same rates as they would for in-person treatment.
If you’ve been thinking about getting clean and sober, or if you’ve been wanting to work on and strengthen the recovery you already have, it’s never been easier to do it through telehealth.
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