Opiate Detox Symptoms – What You Should be Ready for


Withdrawal and Detox from HeroinIf you don’t know some of the most common opiate detox symptoms, how can you know what to expect when you decide to start working on getting clean and sober? Most of us don’t know how powerful opiates are, and we don’t really understand the physical effects of becoming addicted to these substances. The trouble is, if you’re not aware of   what to expect, you’re much less likely to be willing to go through the process than if you understand what you’re looking for when.

Opiate detox symptoms are severe at best

For many who are addicted to opiates, the symptoms of detox can be pretty severe. Of course, this will depend on how much you use on a regular basis, as well as how long you’ve been taking opiates. It will also depend on other factors, such as what form and what type of opiates you’ve been taking.

Often, people start taking opiates in pill form, but as the addiction progresses, so does the delivery method of the opiate that a person is addicted to. So, what are the most common opiate detox symptoms that you should be looking for? How bad can they get?

Opiate detox symptoms to be ready for

Whether you’re checking into a detox facility, or you’re going to try to get it done yourself, consider these signs and opiate detox symptoms to help you get prepared:

  • Muscle aches and pain. Unlike other types of muscle aches, opiate detox muscle pain can become quite severe.
  • Restlessness, or twitching of limbs. Especially the legs.
  • Running, stuffy nose
  • Sleeplessness
  • Anxiety, irritability
  • Sweating
  • Stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • High blood pressure and rapid heart rate

Often, opiate detox symptoms don’t sound very bad, but in fact, they can become quite severe. It is not uncommon for people to feel like they are running a fever, complete with cold chills and sweating. It is also common to experience yawning and a feeling of general fatigue.

Emotionally, a person can begin to experience feelings of desperation, depression and even anger over their inability to get their hands on opiates.

The good news is that, while opiate detox symptoms often start early and can become quite severe, they usually begin to get better after about 72 hours or so, and many report feeling much better or almost completely well again by about a week after detox.