Monday, March 25, 2013

Opiate Withdrawal Basics

Treatment for opiate withdrawal comes in several forms. The opiate family includes both legally prescribed substances in addition to illegal drugs and narcotics. Some of the more common opiates include: OxyContin, Oxycodone, Percocet, Demeral, Lortab, Codeine, Fentanyl, Dilaudud, Tylenol 3, Morphine, Heroin and Methadone; each of which are both psychologically and physically addictive. Once an addict has made the decision to quit using opiates, they will began working their way through the withdrawal process. In this entry, we will discuss some tips and techniques to help alleviate the symptoms.

How Long To They Remain In Our System?

Opiates metabolize by way of the liver before being excreted from the body via the kidneys. The excretion rate of opiates from the body is 95% 24 hours following use. Morphine users may find traces up to 3 days after use.

Who Uses?

Opiates have historically been prescribed to alleviate extreme pain. Those who use these substances illegally typically do so for recreational purposes. Physical dependence and tolerance can develop in individuals taking them in higher doses than necessary – leading many to addiction.


Opiate withdrawal is typically not life-threatening. Onset and severity of the symptoms will ultimately depend on the type of drug, the frequency of use and use history. Withdrawal symptoms typically set in within 24 hours of the last dose… though, time-released preparations including OxyContin will generally result in a longer withdrawal period. The peak phase typically hits around 72 hours, gradually subsiding after a 7 – 10 day period.


Common symptoms associates with opiate withdrawal include: high blood pressure, dilated pupils, diarrhea, fever, irritability, muscle spasms and bouts of insomnia.


If you or a loved one is struggling with an opiate addiction, Above It All treatment center is the place to call. Pick up the phone today, and let our team of addiction specialists help you back on track towards the healthy, happy lifestyle you deserve!


  1. It's sad that when one is in pain they take a pill that the doctor gave them and thy become addicted to that feeling. It's like we are set up to fail I feel. My heart goes to those who are addicted to oxy and other extreme pain pills.

  2. This is a great informational post! I have to say that watching people who are addicted to pain pills is extremely hard as i have known a few in my life time. My heart goes to them and I really do hope they get the help they need!