No matter what substance has been abused or for how long, every recovery journey will involve a period of detox. The physical and emotional discomfort during this early period can present health risks as well as increase the chances for relapse. Duke City Recovery Toolbox in Albuquerque, New Mexico provides medical and clinical services to minimize the risks associated with withdrawal.
Withdrawal symptoms can vary by drug, but most withdrawal from most opioids progresses from mild symptoms, such as:
- Increased tearing
- Muscle aches
- Runny nose
To more severe symptoms, including:
- Abdominal cramps
- Dilated pupils (do not respond to light)
Most withdrawal symptoms are not life-threatening, but withdrawal can cause seizures and present other changes in body chemistry that can seriously jeopardize your health.
Withdrawal and Relapse
The discomfort of detox and withdrawal are the first major stumbling block. Many people cannot cope and immediately relapse. Although relapse is an expected step in the recovery process, it often diminishes confidence and motivation, delaying a participant’s recovery efforts.
The health risks and discomfort of detox and withdrawal can be managed with medication-assisted treatment, and avoiding the pain of detox may be the support needed to continue on a treatment program.