Detox is different for everyone. What you can expect during detox depends on many factors, including the type and quantity of the substance you’ve been consuming, the length of your use, your body type and more. But there are some general timelines that specific drugs typically follow. For example, what’s a typical OxyContin withdrawal timeline?
OxyContin withdrawal is different from other types of opiate or opioid withdrawal because the pill comes in a time-release format. That means that those who have swallowed the pill won’t see the effects wear off for at least 12 to 24 hours.
On the other hand, if you’ve crushed the pill and ingested it by other means, withdrawal will begin within 4 to 8 hours.
Once OxyContin withdrawal begins, you’re likely to experience four different phases.
Phase One: Onset
For most people detoxing from OxyContin, the first day of withdrawal is like a bad flu. You might experience sweating fever, chills, or even a runny nose.
Phase Two: Acute
After the first day, you’ll begin to experience the acute phase of withdrawal, which lasts for one to two weeks after you last dose. During the acute phase, you’ll experience mood and sleep changes. Anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia are common.
Phase Three: Subacute
A different series of symptoms often follow the acute phase of OxyContin withdrawal. During this time, the symptoms are even more physical. You may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach cramps. Rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, and blurred vision are common.
Phase Four: Post-Acute Withdrawal
Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) can persist for months after your main withdrawal symptoms end. You may experience fatigue, anxiety, depression, or other psychological effects for up to eighteen months after detox.
OxyContin withdrawal symptoms are usually not fatal. Nevertheless, choosing a medically managed detox can make your symptoms less intense. More importantly, detoxing at a professional treatment facility increases the likelihood that your new recovery will last.
Throughout OxyContin withdrawal – and especially in the first three phases – the risk of relapse is very high.
In the depths of withdrawal, many people become so desperate to stop the pain that they seek out another fix, prolonging the cycle of addiction yet again
In a medically managed detox like The Mend, a doctor may prescribe medications to ease symptoms like fever, muscle cramps, or even anxiety.
Or, if you’re not sure whether it’s time to quit, check out our ten-question quiz, here.