What is Opiate Withdrawal and Detox?
I’ll use Hydrocodone Withdrawal as an example because it is the most popular opiate but you can substitute any painkiller in this scenario and it is clinically referred to as opiate detox. In very general terms, a drug like Hydrocodone stimulates the reward/pleasure centers (nucleus accumbens) of our brains and release naturally occurring neurotransmitters called Dopamine and Serotonin which can create analgesia (resistance to pain) and feelings of euphoria or a sense of “well-being”. When you take away the Hydrocodone, your brain begins to rebel, and that rebellion is the beginning of the opiate detox process. In the graphic below you can see a representation of an opiate (in this case morphine) stimulating the opiate receptors in the brain which in-turn helps release excess amounts of dopamine.
How will Opiate Withdrawal and Detox affect me?
Opiate Withdrawal and Opiate Detox affects everyone differently based on various factors such as type of prescription drug, dose, length of use, general health, age, etc. Many people experience common symptoms of withdrawal such as sweats, vomiting, lethargy or insomnia, and most people describe the experience as agonizing. However, Opiate Detox is not considered life-threatening regardless of whether your painkiller of choice is Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Percocet, Dilaudid, or any other prescribed opiate.
What can I do to lessen the effects my Withdrawal and Detox?
There are a number of strategies that can help you prepare for and lessen the effects of withdrawal/opiate detox. To that end, Withdrawal Ease has created The Opiate Withdrawal Survival Guide – A Comprehensive Resource for Opiate Addiction and Withdrawal. This informative and helpful guide is included with your purchase of the Withdrawal Ease Opiate Withdrawal Natural Supplement System. Click here for more information on the Withdrawal Ease Opiate Withdrawal Natural Supplement System.
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