Withdrawal, What to Expect…

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June 20, 2015

If a person takes prescription pain pills for long periods of time, tolerance to the drug can emerge along with physical and psychological dependence. If physical dependence is present, withdrawal can occur when the drug is no longer taken. Following are some of the symptoms that can present during recovery. These symptoms typically show up within 24 days after the prescription pain pills are stopped.

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Craving for the drug
  • Rapid breathing
  • Yawning
  • Runny nose
  • Salivation
  • Gooseflesh
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Muscle aches
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Confusion
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Tremors
  • Loss of appetite

While these symptoms are far from pleasant and can be agonizing, none are typically fatal or medically dangerous. In contrast, addiction to pain pills can be fatal. Treatment programs that include medications such as Suboxone, buprenorphine, Zubsolv, and/or Bunavail can help to alleviate symptoms of withdrawal and help those in recovery find their way to a successful detoxification from prescription drugs. If you need help or would like more information, please contact AppleGate Recovery for a free consultation. Every member of the AppleGate Recovery staff understands that addiction is a disease and treats each person who comes seeking help with respect and compassion. Please call 888.863.7527 to set up an appointment.