Withdrawal Symptoms

 Brian Lynch, M.D. offers medical management of opiate dependence.

I can come very close to offering a painless detox. This is not completely true as before you take the drug you have to be opiate free for 24 hours. This translates into less than 24 hours of discomfort as one does not go immediately into withdrawal. To get you through the first 24 hours you can be given several medications to keep you at least somewhat comfortable until you come in.

With over 20 years’ of experience in opiate treatment I know that one major obstacle to coming into treatment is the fear of not being able to get through the withdrawals. For almost all people this should be a thing of the past. Many people that start to use opiates have never been exposed to them and do not know the dangers of using the. They may be prescribed these medications for medical conditions. They simply find out that they seem to function better or feel better on them and continue to ask a doctor for them. Many times these people will be abruptly cut off from there supply. They will start to feel some combination of these symptoms:

  • Muscle aches
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Tearing
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Inability to sleep
  • Yawning
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Goose bumps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate

So if you have been using opiates and are confused about the way you feel and have several of these above symptoms you may well be in withdrawal and you should seek the advice of a professional. Of coarse you might coincidentally have some other condition and thus even more so you should seek immediate professional help.

The bottom line is you no longer have to face several days or weeks of misery and few of the above listed symptoms

This is a great psychological advance as well as it sends a message that recovery does not have to involve punishment by others or self. We strive to be non-judgmental and non-punitive in our approach.

We focus on the proper medication physical fitness and mental fitness.

For over ten years there has been a drug called buprenorphine that essentially offers a pain free detox.

Once you have been opiate free for 24 hours and  you come back to the office within 45-60 minutes most or almost all unpleasant symptoms should be gone.


Ref: Addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRP5rb8edoc

Ref: Symptoms of withdrawal:  http://www.healthline.com/health/opiate-withdrawal#Symptoms3

Ref: The role of physical activity: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-12/health/sc-health-0612-fitness-fight-addiction-with-exerci-20130612_1_todd-crandell-drug-addiction-reward

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