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Over the course of the past several decades, opiate addiction has completely ravaged the nation. Unfortunately, Central New Jersey and the Tri-state area have been heavily affected, and drugs like prescription painkillers and heroin are responsible for a great deal of addictive disorders and overdose-related deaths throughout the state. For some time, New Jersey has had one of the highest rates of opiate-related emergency room visits throughout the entire US. In 2016 alone, nearly 2,000 men and women lost their lives to opioid overdoses in the state alone, and that number is expected to continuously increase as fentanyl becomes more widely available.

Although symptoms of opiate withdrawal are not typically life-threatening, they can be extremely uncomfortable, and often drive an individual back to drug use before the detoxification process is over. Any individual who has been abusing opiates should never attempt detox on his or her, as the physical and mental symptoms can be overwhelming and potentially dangerous if not closely monitored by a team of medical professionals. Opiate detox should only be attempted in a safe and supportive environment, one with both therapeutic care and around the clock medical supervision available.

Detox Services

The physical and psychological symptoms of opiate withdrawal will begin shortly after the final use. While not typically life-threatening, these symptoms are liable to cause extreme discomfort and can lead to relapse unless the individual is being professionally treated in a medically supervised detox facility. At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, we offer quality clinical care in an inpatient detox setting. Depending on how long the opiate was being used and the frequency of the use, withdrawal symptoms will range from mild to severe. Some of the more common symptoms include stomach cramping, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting, insomnia and intense anxiety. Regardless of how serious the addiction has become and how uncomfortable the withdrawal symptoms are, we will be able to treat symptoms of opiate withdrawal and make the entire process as pain-free as possible.

Our team of highly-trained and compassionate staff members works to ease the symptoms of opiate withdrawal while setting a solid and lasting foundation for long-term recovery.

The opiate detox program at Princeton Detox & Recovery Center prioritizes the comfort of each individual client while serving as a resource for his or her loved ones. We offer numerous therapeutic modalities, including family therapy and ongoing family counseling. Opiate addiction does not merely affect the afflicted individual, but it can severely damage the mental and emotional well-being of his or her loved ones. If you or someone close to you has been struggling at the hands of a life-threatening opiate addiction, our detox program will provide the first necessary phase of recovery.

At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, we prescribe several proven opioid antagonist medications that help alleviate symptoms of opiate withdrawal while actively reducing psychological cravings. There are several prescription medications available, like buprenorphine and naltrexone, that will be carefully administered by an on-staff medical professional. These medications are effective, but we will only prescribe a medication if we deem it absolutely necessary. We understand that every detoxification process will be different, and that what works for one client may not work for another. We conduct daily health assessments to ensure that we are doing everything in our power to make every individual client as comfortable as possible. We also offer daily group and individual therapy sessions, so that clients can begin focusing on mental health as well as physical health.

With exceptional around-the-clock care and a comfortable, home-like setting, clients will be able to detox efficiently in a tranquil and stress-free environment.

How Long Does It Take to Detox From Opiates?

The opiate detox process will generally last for between 7 and 10 days, though the exact length of time the withdrawal symptoms persist will depend upon a few factors, including:

  • Personal history with drug addiction.
  • The severity of drug use/frequency and length of time.
  • Personal medical history.
  • Co-occurring disorders or underlying conditions.
  • Physical, mental and emotional well-being.

How long does opiate withdrawal last? Opiates like prescription painkillers and heroin are extremely habit-forming, and tolerance is generally built up very quickly. There are typically three stages of opiate withdrawal. Several hours after the last use, the individual will begin to experience more mild or moderate symptoms, such as fatigue, muscle aches and stomach cramping. Within the first couple of days, the symptoms will become more severe. They will resemble the symptoms of a bad flu, and involve things like vomiting and diarrhea, insomnia, intense feelings of anxiety (potentially leading to panic attacks), tremors, profuse sweating and headaches. The final stage is post-acute withdrawal, which can last for up to several years. Symptoms of post-acute withdrawal are generally be mild, and will include things like disrupted sleep patterns, depression or chronic constipation.

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Withdrawal Symptoms

When used for extended periods of time or in excessive quantities, narcotic pain relievers such as codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, methadone and oxycodone alter brain chemistry and lead to dependence or addiction. When a person quits using a substance cold turkey, withdrawal symptoms will be inevitable and can begin within 12 to 30 hours of the last use.

Stages of Opiate Withdrawal

Opiate withdrawal symptoms occur in two stages with two distinct sets of symptoms similar to the flu. Early-stage opiate withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Body aches
  • Increased perspiration
  • Insomnia
  • Uncontrollable yawning
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation

Late-stage opiate withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Goosebumps
  • Loose stools
  • Dilated pupils

During either stage of withdrawal, it’s common for people to experience cravings for opiate use. We use the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale to measure the severity of 11 early- and late-stage withdrawal symptoms and estimate the intensity of the addiction. This scale allows us to understand an individual’s dependency or addiction and create an opiate detox plan that is both safe and effective.

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