Addictions - Prescription Opioids
Opioids are prescribed to treat severe pain. Common prescription opioids are Percocet and OxyContin. Street names can include M, morph, meth, percs or juice. Opioids carry a risk of addiction. If abused, they can lead to fatal overdose along with medical, legal and social problems.
Withdrawal symptoms usually begin 6 to 24 hours after the last dose, and can include anxiety, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, body aches, and runny eyes and nose. Physical withdrawal symptoms peak at two to three days, and start to get better after that. Psychological symptoms, such as insomnia, anxiety and cravings, may last for weeks or months.
If our evaluation determines that it is safe for you to withdraw in our Centre, you’ll be assigned a bed in our observation unit, where we will offer continuous support and monitoring. Most people begin with an observation period of 4 to 24 hours. When the worst of your symptoms have settled, you can begin a treatment program that includes counselling, acupuncture, AA sessions and more. A counsellor will be available to discuss your longer-term treatment goals and plans. After your stay, you may call us any time (24/7) to talk about your recovery or ask for more support.
For more information about prescription opioids, visit the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.