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How to Manage Opioid Withdrawal

The opioid epidemic continues to make national news.

Because more people are becoming addicted to these substances, there are also more people who are experiencing the dreaded opioid withdrawal.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Whether you have decided to enter faith-based opioid addiction treatment or you want to try it on your own, you are bound to experience at least some of the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. These can range in severity, so it is important to know what to expect.

Some opioid withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Shaking
  • Muscle aches
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration

Tips to Manage Opioid Withdrawal

These symptoms range from uncomfortable to dangerous, so it is important to seek medical help. While there is no way to avoid these negative side effects altogether, there are some ways to better manage opioid withdrawal symptoms.

If you or a loved one is trying to detox from opioids, some possible ways to manage opioid withdrawal include:

  • Asking your doctor about medications that can help with the process
  • Drinking lots of water to avoid dehydration
  • Taking it easy or taking time to relax when you are feeling weak
  • Partaking in light exercise to increase your endorphins when you can
  • Eating healthy
  • Praying for strength when you find yourself struggling
  • Trying holistic options
  • Keeping busy to distract yourself from any uncomfortable opioid withdrawal side effects
  • Finding support to keep you from using and help manage drug cravings
  • Confiding in someone when the physical effects of withdrawal start to make you feel emotionally drained
  • Paying attention to symptoms and knowing when to get medical help
  • Entering a formal detox program

While some people may try to deal with opioid withdrawal on their own, this can be dangerous and even deadly. If your body has become dependent on opioids, you should seek professional help. Some doctors may prescribe medications to help with the process, but that doesn’t mean that there couldn’t be any complications.

The best way to wean your body off of these drugs and manage opioid withdrawal safely is with a formal detox program. A medically monitored detox provides 24-hour support and helps patients with the physical pain of opioid withdrawal. To ensure long-term success and to best avoid the risk of relapse, it is also best to continue treatment after. Faith-based residential addiction treatment can help patients with the mental and spiritual aspects of addiction recovery as well as preparing them for life after treatment.

If you or someone you know struggles with opioid abuse, you are not alone. It is time to get treatment. At Faith in Recovery, we help patients with the physical, mental, and spiritual healing involved with the recovery process.

Reach out to us today at 888-280-4763 to get more details.