Opioid withdrawal is a scary process that can be very difficult to get through. Luckily, there are many resources available to help you through the process. Some of these include working with healthcare providers and support groups.
There are also a number of medications that can help alleviate the symptoms you experience as you navigate your way through withdrawal.
Different opioids have different impacts on your body. Short-acting opioids like codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone cause a more rapid onset of withdrawal symptoms than longer-lasting opioids, like methadone and fentanyl. It’s important to consult a healthcare provider to discuss common side effects that you can expect based on your use.
Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) is a condition where someone who has been addicted to opioids for a long time will experience symptoms after they stop taking them like anxiety, depression, and cravings for opioids.
The most important thing to remember as you face withdrawal is that you are not alone. You have a number of tools at your disposal to help you through withdrawal and on towards an opioid-free life.