Despite similarities to heroin, opiate withdrawal is much less intense and can even be done without professional help. This is not recommended however, as the chance of relapse is very high. Opium withdrawal symptoms can occur regardless of prolonged history with the substance and it is advised you seek either inpatient or outpatient treatment.
Common symptoms of opium withdrawal feel similar to having a fever. There are a number of medications that can combat the negative effects of opium withdrawal, but are not recommended in a lot of cases, as those substances have a similar pain-killing effect to opium and users may develop a dependency with one of those instead.
It is important to seek help recovering from opium abuse as soon as possible. Opium causes hypoventilation, which is the slowing of breathing. Too much exposure to this can result in respiratory depression, which can be fatal.
Behavioral therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective treatments for opium addiction, due to the nature of the drug. Opium tends to put a positive stigma on it for the person using, and behavioral therapies can teach individuals to drop the stigma.
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