When you receive our Florida rapid detox treatment for opiate addiction, you’ll be put under general anesthesia and given drugs to induce full opiate withdrawals. You’ll go through withdrawals while you’re under anesthesia, so when you wake up from your Florida rapid detox treatment, the worst of your withdrawal symptoms will be over. You may feel groggy after your Florida rapid detox treatment, and you may still feel some lingering but mild aftereffects of opiate detox. Here’s what you can expect in the days, weeks and months following your Florida rapid detox treatment.
When You First Wake Up from Florida Rapid Detox
When you first wake up after your Florida rapid detox procedure, you could still be feeling a little groggy from the effects of the anesthetic. We’ll keep you under supervision until it’s clear that you’re fully recovered from the affects of the anesthetics and other drugs administered during your Florida rapid detox procedure. In terms of withdrawal symptoms, you’ll feel as if you were about three weeks into a cold turkey detox. In other words, your Florida rapid detox procedure will get you through the worst of withdrawals.
You may have some physical symptoms, like diarrhea, following your Florida rapid detox procedure. These symptoms are the result of your body re-adjusting from the affects of having been on opiates for so long. You should plan to take a few days off work for your Florida rapid detox, so you can be fully recovered when you return. Many of our patients plan their Florida rapid detox procedure for Friday morning, so they can spend the weekend recovering, and get back to work feeling like their old selves again on Monday morning.
In The Weeks and Months Following Your Florida Rapid Detox
You may feel some extended withdrawal symptoms in the weeks following your Florida rapid detox treatment. These symptoms can include depression, increased sensitivity to stress, clouded thinking, trouble concentrating, anxiety, panic attacks and increased sensitivity to pain. These symptoms are part of a syndrome known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome, or PAWS.
Unfortunately, many people recovering from opiate addiction experience PAWS symptoms. Our Florida rapid detox program can’t protect you from PAWS symptoms. Your chances of developing PAWS, and the severity of your symptoms, will depend upon how long and how heavily you abused opiate drugs before entering our Florida rapid detox program. PAWS symptoms improve over time as your brain heals from the physiological damage of opiate addiction. If you experience PAWS symptoms after Florida rapid detox, they will peak at around three to six months after your treatment ends. If you are worried about experiencing PAWS symptoms after Florida rapid detox, ask about PAWS-specific treatment options.
Taking Care of Yourself After Florida Rapid Detox
After your Florida rapid detox treatment ends, it’s important to practice good self-care and to seek addiction counseling. Florida rapid detox can end your physical dependence on drugs, but it can’t address the underlying issues behind your opiate addiction, nor can it give you the coping and life skills you need to resist relapse and make the most of your Florida rapid detox treatment. We recommend that all of our Florida rapid detox patients seek comprehensive addiction counseling for at least three months, but preferably up to one year or longer, after going through our Florida rapid detox program.
Following your Florida rapid detox, facilitate your physical and mental recovery from opiate addiction by taking good care of yourself mentally, emotionally and physically. Eat a healthy, nutritious diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. You may benefit from taking vitamin and mineral supplements during this time. Many recovering addicts suffer from chronic nutritional deficiencies because heavy substance abuse can seriously hamper your ability to stick to a healthy diet.
It’s important that you eat regularly. You may not be used to eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on a regular schedule, but it’s vital for your recovery. Low blood sugar from hunger is a key cause of addiction relapse.
Make sure you get enough sleep and exercise regularly. Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, speeds your healing process and can help relieve your PAWS symptoms, if you have them.