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What to Expect From an Opiate Detox

Joshua Thatcher

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So you have an opiate addiction and want to kick it?

This much more common than most would imagine. An opiate Detox is not the most pleasurable experience on the face of the planet. In reality, it is an extremely agonizing experience, both mentally and physically.

In light of the inherent dangers that exist within a withdraw from opiates, it would be a wise decision for one planning to withdraw from their drug use to educate themselves on what to expect. That is exactly what this article is about. I will systematically dissect the most common withdraw symptoms that occur as a result of an opiate addiction.

Beginning with Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is the most common withdraw symptom. What this means is that the person experiencing the detox has a terribly difficult time obtaining sleep for any extended period of time. This symptom can last anywhere from 5 days to 30 days.


The majority of people that detox from opiates will experience violent vomiting and dry heaving.

Achy Joints and Muscles

Withdrawing opiate addicts commonly report being very cold yet sweating profusely.


Full body shaking is not an uncommon experience. This shaking closely resembles that of a person suffering from extremely cold weather conditions.


As a result of your body trying to excrete the toxins from your body, you will experience a fairly severe case of diarrhea.

Loss of Appetite

You will not be able to hold much (if any) food down when withdrawing from opiates.


This means involuntary muscle spasms. In most cases this will be a violent twitch in a leg or arm. If this symptom occurs it should be treated with a high level of caution.

Grand Mal Seizures

This is by far the most severe withdraw symptom of the lot. This means that the body goes into violent convulsions and the person typically will go unconscious. You will want to call for medical help as soon as possible should this symptom occur.

So there you have it. A comprehensive list of the most common withdraw symptoms caused by an opiate detox. Now that you have this information you should have a fairly good idea of what is to be expected. In nearly all cases, you will want to go to a detox center or a hospital to complete your detox. However, if this is not an option be sure to have close and easy access to a phone. If you detox at home or on someone else's couch, you will not want to be left alone.

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