Withdrawal is perhaps the toughest part of addiction recovery, especially when it comes to opiates. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, approximately nine percent of people in America are addicted to opiates. Recovering from this addiction can be a tough process, but it is possible.
The symptoms of opioid withdrawal vary, depending on length of use, tolerance and the amount usually taken. The first symptoms usually occur about six to 12 hours after you stop using short-acting opiates and 24 to 30 hours after you stop using long-acting opioids.
Most of the symptoms will last for a little over a week, then dissipate. Some psychological symptoms, however, may linger for a month after your last use.
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