In the late 1990s, opioid prescriptions increased, leading to the nationwide problem of the opioid epidemic. Our opiate detox center in Massachusetts is a major part of our substance-specific treatment to help those struggling with addiction take the first step in their recovery. When one is dependent on opioids, they may be worried about beginning their recovery, or they may not know where to find treatment.

We offer medical detox from opiates as the first step of treatment so clients can safely get through withdrawal symptoms and feel better about moving forward in recovery. Abruptly stopping drug use can be dangerous and hard to do alone, so our professionals are there every step of the way to guide and support our patients.

How Long Does Opiate Withdrawal Last?

Being dependent on or abusing opiates can lead to painful, severe, and sometimes deadly withdrawal symptoms. There are many stages of opiate withdrawal, and each of which varies in intensity but is unpleasant, to say the least.

Symptoms of the first stage of opiate withdrawal include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Excessive sweating
  • Lethargy and excessive yawning
  • Runny nose
  • Anxiety
  • Extreme cravings
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Restless leg syndrome

Second phase opiate withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Goosebumps
  • Abdominal cramps
  • High blood pressure
  • Dilated pupils

How long withdrawal symptoms last depends on the individual plus many other factors, including:

  • How long someone has been using
  • What the substance is
  • The method of intake (EX: snorting, swallowing, injecting, smoking, or other methods)
  • The dose each time
  • Family history and/or genetic makeup
  • Medical and mental health history

Goals and Benefits of Opiate Detox

The purpose of opiate detox programs like the one offered at Clearbrook Massachusetts is to help clients undergoing opiate addiction treatment to slowly wean off these drugs and safely get through withdrawal symptoms. Because opioids are difficult to quit misusing, clients need to receive 24-hour care and supervision.

Our drug detox programs have the following goals:

  • Rid the body of opioid drugs
  • Lessen or relieve the pain and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms
  • Address any other medical problems the individual may be struggling with
  • Provide help during the most difficult parts of withdrawal to prevent relapse
  • Connect patients with continued drug treatments to help them move forward in recovery
  • Educate patients about their risk of relapse, ways to stay healthy, and prevention skills

Our medical team also administers medication (as needed) to alleviate any discomfort or pain that clients may experience due to withdrawals. By incorporating 24-hour support and medication, our specialists can make clients comfortable, motivated, and more willing to move forward in treatment.

While rapid opiate detox centers can be tempting to try, following a tapered schedule is the safest route. When the body is slowly weaned off of drugs, it gradually becomes accustomed to the lack of drugs in its system. This detox process is also supervised and led by our professional medical team, which is available to treat any emergencies that may occur and keep clients comfortable and on track.

Contact Our Mass Detox Center for Opiates

Our Massachusetts treatment center offers various drug detoxes and treatment programs for all kinds of substance use disorders. We also offer various levels of care to treat individuals in all stages of recovery.


To learn more about our Massachusetts drug rehab programs and how our opioid detox center can help you or a loved one get sober, contact Clearbrook Treatment Centers today.


Related Reading:

The History of the Opioid Epidemic in the United States

Oxycodone Withdrawal