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Opioid and Opiate Withdrawal
Symptoms and Treatment

Many people who struggle with an addiction to opioids or painkillers say that the pain and discomfort caused by withdrawal is one of the main factors preventing them from seeking the treatment they need to recover. Even when the dependent person wants to get help, withdrawal can seem like an insurmountable obstacle.

At Soft Landing Recovery, we remove that obstacle to clear your road to recovery. With the fear, anxiety, and sickness caused by withdrawal removed from the equation, you will be empowered to reach your goals and conquer your addiction comfortably, confidentially, safely, and successfully. Continue reading to learn more about:

  • The signs and effects of opioid withdrawal.
  • How our Chicago area addiction centers treat and manage opioid withdrawal.
  • The opioid withdrawal medications we provide at Soft Landing Recovery.

When you’re ready to take the first step on your path to freedom from addiction and dependence, Soft Landing Recovery will be there to guide and assist you. To start getting help for yourself or a loved one today, call Soft Landing Recovery at (888) 782-6966.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs

Opioids and opiates cause physical dependence. That means a person who has been using opioids, such as OxyContin (oxycodone), Vicodin (hydrocodone and acetaminophen), Dilaudid (hydromorphone), or Duragesic (fentanyl), will experience physical symptoms when he or she discontinues use of the drug. These symptoms are collectively known as “withdrawal.” Withdrawal occurs because the person’s body is trying to adjust to the sudden absence of opioids.

Withdrawal from opiates or opioids can have different effects on different people. However, some of the common or “classic” effects and signs of opioid withdrawal include:

  • Accelerated Heart Rate
  • Aches and Pains
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling Feverish
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Watering Eyes

These symptoms generally begin to appear during the first 24 hours of non-use. As withdrawal progresses, the symptoms and effects may begin to shift and intensify. Signs and effects of withdrawal in the later stages, generally peaking around 72 hours, may include:

  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) for Opioid Withdrawal in Chicago

Many different types of substances can cause withdrawal when the person stops using the substance. Some types of withdrawal are more dangerous than others, and some, such as withdrawal from alcohol, can even be fatal. Though uncommon, withdrawal from certain types of opiates, such as methadone, can also produce fatal complications.

Because of the physical hazards associated with withdrawal, as well as the risk of relapse, it is absolutely critical that the person is carefully monitored and treated by medical professionals throughout all stages of the detoxification (“detox”) process. At Soft Landing Recovery, our multidisciplinary team of physicians has extensive experience managing the opiate and opioid detox process, and will make sure that you are safe and comfortable.

Our medical staff will work closely with you, using your input to design a Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) program that helps you manage and reduce your cravings. Additionally, because we provide medication in an outpatient setting, you will be able to continue your daily life with minimal disruption to your family, your job, and other responsibilities. You will never have to worry about copays, refilling orders, or waiting for prescriptions to be filled. We will listen to your concerns and provide relief when you need it, always in a confidential setting.

What Medications for Opioid Withdrawal Do We Provide?

At Soft Landing Recovery, we recognize that no two patients have identical treatment needs. Instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach, we develop a personalized treatment plan that is individually tailored to each patient. Depending on the person’s unique medical needs, a course of opioid withdrawal treatment at Soft Landing Recovery could include the following medications:

  • Bunavail® (buprenorphine and naloxone)
  • Methadone
  • Probuphine® (buprenorphine) Implant
  • Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone)
  • Subutex® (buprenorphine)
  • Vivitrol® (naltrexone) Injection
  • Zubsolv® (buprenorphine and naloxone)

The administration of proven medication at an effective, tolerable dose is a vital component of success in achieving sustained independence from opioids. A personalized Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) program is the core of effective long-term treatment.

However, we also recognize the crucial importance of giving the person emotional support in addition to medical treatment. At Soft Landing Recovery, we take a comprehensive, 360-degree approach to managing withdrawal and treating addiction, and provide our patients with the coping tools they need to adjust effectively. Our philosophy is to treat the person – not just the addiction. In addition to administering medication to ease you through withdrawal and reduce your cravings, we can also provide additional support in the form of:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Counseling
  • Group Therapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Individual Counseling
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness-Based Sobriety
  • Music Therapy
  • Yoga

About Our Opioid Withdrawal Treatment Centers in the Chicago Area

With convenient locations in Naperville, Des Plaines, Highland Park, Palos Heights, and Lakeview, our addiction centers are situated to serve residents of the Chicago metropolitan area. In addition to providing free phone consultations, walk-in services, and flexible hours, our dedicated staff of physicians and counselors are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Don’t wait another moment to get the help you deserve for yourself or your family member. We are here around the clock to provide gentle, compassionate, and effective support. We know that taking the first step can be scary, but you won’t be doing it alone: our caring team will be there to help you. Call us today at (888) 782-6966 to learn more and start getting the support you need.

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