Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome & How To Best Manage It

by | Dec 9, 2019 | Opioid Treatment

Have you ever heard of opioid withdrawal syndrome? If so, do you know how to manage it? Here at Hope Centers of Central Florida, our team of professionals is here to make sure you have all the help and advice you need to push through this hard time. Our team specializes in opioid withdrawal treatment and suboxone treatment.

What Is Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome?

If you are in recovery, you have probably been through opioid withdrawal at least once and probably more. Some people compare opioid withdrawal to ‘the worst flu in your life’, but I’m not sure that accurately captures the agony, depression, hopelessness, pain, and despair. Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (OWS) is a term to describe the combination of symptoms that occur during opioid withdrawal. They can include anxiety, yawning, sweating, eyes tearing, goosebumps, runny nose, hot/cold flashes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, and so on. Specific symptoms and severity differ for everyone. But, OWS and fear of OWS is definitely one reason why some people continue to use opioids despite wanting to stop.

Why Does it Occur and What is the Opioid Withdrawal Treatment?

What many people don’t know is that the root cause of most of the physical OWS symptoms originates in our brain stem. The brain stem is just like it sounds, the stem at the base of your brain going down and connecting to your spinal cord. It is part of our’ primitive brain’ that regulates basic functions like breathing, awareness, ‘fight or flight’ responsiveness, and so on. Not very sexy, but critical for survival. And just like it sounds, we don’t have much mental control over our brain stem. Luckily, since it would be distracting to remember to breath or stay awake, for example constantly.

Opioids suppress brain stem function, and this is why opioid overdose results in loss of consciousness and depressed breathing. But, when people take opioids long enough, the brain stem cells try to overcome the suppression by increasing output. In other words, it’s like revving the accelerator to get the same speed when brakes are being applied.

Mostly by managing the symptoms as they occur, for example, hydration, and trying to get and stay as comfortable as possible. Some health care providers prescribe different medications to ease OWS. These can include replacement opioids, as well as non-opioid alternatives.

Call Us For Suboxone Treatment

We are the best drug treatment center with our opioid withdrawal treatment. With our trusted and experienced clinical team and state-of-the-art treatment facility, we can help you get started on the road to lasting recovery. Let our team of caring professionals partner with you on your journey to recovery. Our trained professional’s ultimate goal is to get our patients on the track to the cure. Alcohol dependence is a disease that needs to be treated seriously. Hope Centers of Central Florida is the best Orlando treatment center that features the best outpatient alcohol treatment. Call or visit us today to schedule an appointment or ask us about our services. We are drug treatment centers specializing in suboxone treatment.

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