Opioid Withdrawal

Combating the U.S. opioid crisis has become a top priority of political and public healthcare leaders across the nation. Every day, more than 90 people in the U.S. die from opioid-related overdoses. The mass number of people losing their lives to addiction to these highly addictive medications is alarming, and it appears far from over.

Opioids were involved in at least 50,000 U.S. adult deaths in 2016, according to a federal government preliminary count announced in 2017, which is also when President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency.

Opioid Withdrawal and Addiction

Opioids are prescription medications that are used to treat people who have moderate-to-severe pain. This class of drugs, which includes the illegal drug heroin, interact and bind with opioid receptors on the nerve cells in the body and brain. They reduce pain messages to the brain and changes how users perceive pain.

These medications are intended for short-term use, but the feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and pain relief lead some people to misuse and abuse them. Even people who take them for strictly medical reasons can still develop a physical dependence or psychological dependence on them, which is what addiction is.

Chronic opioid use, misuse, and abuse that is abruptly stopped or reduced can bring on physically uncomfortable symptoms known as withdrawal. A medically monitored detox at a professional facility can make the complications of opioid withdrawal safer and effective. Recovering users risk overdose and relapse if they do not seek help for withdrawal from these dangerous drugs.



General Symptoms

Although opioid withdrawal can prove very uncomfortable and moderate-to-severe, the symptoms are not life-threatening. Symptoms of short-acting opiate withdrawal generally begin after 6-12 hours of cessation, and symptoms of long-acting opiate withdrawal start around 30 hours of cessation. After 72 hours since the last dose, however, there will sometimes be even more withdrawal symptoms.

It is important to know what the long-acting and short-acting opiate withdrawal symptoms are when it comes to treating withdrawal. After all, it is hard to treat something when you do not know what you are treating. Some of the most common symptoms of opioid withdrawal are:


  • Muscle aches
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Fast heart rate
  • Increased drowsiness/excessive yawning
  • Sweating
  • High body temperature
  • Insomnia


  • Nausea
  • Cramps
  • Depression
  • Cravings
  • Vomiting

Opioid Withdrawal and Addiction Treatment

The United States is in the middle of an opioid epidemic, and it is likely that you may know someone who needs to seek professional help. Opioid addiction can form in as little as a few days, so many people that are addicted may still believe that they are in “safe territory”.

Opioid addiction can be difficult to treat, posing a problem for anyone going through opioid withdrawals. Many will quit taking the drug all of a sudden, or going “cold turkey”, in an attempt to treat their addiction, but going cold turkey can cause even more severe opioid withdrawal symptoms. For this reason, going through the proper steps in professional treatment is almost always necessary.

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Cold Turkey

Quitting “cold turkey” is the most common way that someone will attempt to treat their own addiction, but also one of the most dangerous. As stated before, quitting cold turkey is the immediate cessation of a substance in an effort to quit extremely fast.

Quitting cold turkey is dangerous and for almost all physically addictive drugs, quitting cold turkey is not only inefficient, but also counterproductive. Instead of quick treatment, quitting opioids cold turkey will almost always result in severe withdrawal symptoms, including seizures and hallucinations.


The first and arguably one of the most important steps in treating opioid withdrawal symptoms is by starting treatment via medical detoxification, or “detox”. Detox is the step in treatment in which all hints and residue leftover from drug or alcohol abuse is cleaned out. This “cleansing” can include everything from emotional support to administered medications.

Constant use of opioids causes the brain to rewire itself in such a way that it believes that only the drug can make it happy. Think of developing a drug addiction similar to leaning on a wall. Over constant use and abuse of a drug, your brain will start to depend on the “wall” (the drug) to function. If enough pressure is put on the wall, it will collapse and cause you to fall. The collapse is symbolic of quitting cold turkey. Instead of breaking down the wall immediately and falling hard, medical detoxification slowly deconstructs the wall to allow your body to readjust to the sudden lack of whichever drug addiction you may be suffering.

What To Expect at Maryland House Detox

At Maryland House Detox, we provide the highest quality medical care during your path to complete detoxification, and our staff works around the clock to supervise you and make detox as easy as possible.

Once you begin your addiction recovery with MHD, you will receive safe and medically supervised detox with extensive 24/7 care. From marijuana to alcohol, we are excited to be a part of your recovery story no matter the substance.

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We understand that other medical issues you may have can and will possibly interfere with the detox stage (diabetes, hypertension, and other physical conditions). Because your detox process is tailored to you specifically, we always take these conditions into account. Detoxification can be difficult, but our compassionate and dedicated staff will make it seem like a walk in the park just for you.

Our medical professionals, doctors, and nurses will supervise you in detoxification, and for the next five to seven days, they will provide any services that you may need. From diagnostic services to therapeutic services, Maryland House Detox is happy to offer any services we can to ensure a successful detoxification process.

If You’re Suffering from Opioid Addiction, We Can Help

At Maryland House Detox, we like to put the client first. Using clinically approved methods, we provide a comfortable and relaxed environment to detox in, while also ensuring all of your needs are met.

A qualified, friendly staff is ready to help you in your detoxification process, whether it be emotional, physical, psychological, and even social support. Therapists and doctors will supervise your detox and may issue certified medications to help any opioid withdrawal symptoms you may have.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an opioid dependency, Maryland House Detox is here to provide you with the help and resources every step of the way on your journey to recovery. Our addiction specialists are on-call 24/7, so call now at 888-263-0631 to get connected to the help you need, or contact us online.