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Opiate Withdrawal

Opiate addiction, which is a psychological and physical dependence on an opium based drug such as heroin and prescription narcotic medications is now a major problem in the USA. An addiction to opiates can happen very easily. Taking prescription pain medicines to relieve chronic pain caused by an injury or a health condition over time can lead to an addiction to the opiate based medication.

Suboxone and Methadone are widely used as medications for the treatment of addictions to opiates such as Heroin and Oxycontin.  It is very important to note that these medications are also opioids and they opium-based drugs. Any opioid if abused, even those for medical purposes, can be potentially addictive. Opiate Based drugs give a person a ‘high’ or a sense of euphoria when they are taken. Prolonged use of opiates causes the brain to become dependent on them for pain relief and when a user tries to stop or reduce their usage suddenly they can experience severe and painful withdrawal symptoms.

Physical Effects of Opiate Withdrawal


Hallucinations/mental confusion

Cold Sweats/ Chills


Cramps and Muscle spasms

Abdominal pains


Loss of appetite

The sever withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate dependency means that a specialized rehab program under proper medical oversight is necessary. These programs should include proper medication, counseling and therapy.  Family support is needed, as well as a great deal of personal commitment. Suboxone treatment is considered the most effective way to treat an opiate addiction. Suboxone is a prescribed medication to treat addictions to Heroin and prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin.  Suboxone has a proven track record in helping people to overcome their dependency on opiates such as heroin.