Opioids are addictive drugs. Whether it's medications prescribed by doctors, medications purchased illegally or the 'street drug' heroin they all have a direct impact on a person's brain. People can work with a healthcare team to manage their addiction.
When someone who is addicted to opioids starts recovery, the symptoms of withdrawal take effect immediately. There are mild to severe physical and mental symptoms that should be monitored by a healthcare professional.
When starting recovery from opioid addiction, it's important to first consult a healthcare provider. They can help you create a treatment plan for your symptoms of withdrawal that will include a combination of therapy and medication.
There are resources for people who are struggling with an opioid addiction. It's important to reach out to a healthcare provider and to your loved ones for support.
Life after opioid addiction treatment can be managed with a combination of therapy, medication and support of family and friends. Finding a treatment plan that works for you can lower your risk of relapse.