The majority of opioids used in the US originate from a legal doctor’s prescription, written to treat pain. There are many different types of prescription opioids (eg: oxycontin, percocet, opana), but there are also “street” opioids (eg: heroin) that are not prescribed by a doctor. Opioids are commonly taken orally in pill form but are also snorted and injected intravenously for faster action.
So, why is it so difficult to stop using pain pills or other opioids? If you have used pain pills or other opioids for extended periods of time, your body becomes dependent on the opioids. When you stop using the opioids, your body will start to go through withdrawal and you will start to feel physically sick.
Normally withdrawal starts about 24-48 hours after your last opiate use and common symptoms of withdrawal are fatigue, irritability, aches or chills, diarrhea, and insomnia. Opioid withdrawal is not fatal but it can make you extremely sick for days to weeks, and you may be unable to function and home, school, or work.
For many people, when they start to feel sick they start to feel desperate and will take opioids just to feel physically better and function again. This can also be very costly to your bank account and more importantly your health and well-being.
If you need help or know someone that does…please contact us and we will help you take back control of your life with treatment plans that can be relatively easy for you to continue everyday life without the sick feeling of withdrawal.
Wishing you well,
Dr. Byrne, MD, PhD