Opiates are prescribed to treat severe pain. Common prescription opiates are Percocet and OxyContin. Common street names can include M, morph, meth, percs or juice. Opiates carry a risk of addiction. If abused, they can lead to medical, legal and social problems, and even to a fatal overdose.
Withdrawal symptoms usually begin 6 to 24 hours after the last dose, and can include anxiety, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, muscle aches, and runny eyes and nose. Physical withdrawal symptoms peak at two to three days and then start to diminish. Psychological symptoms, such as insomnia, anxiety and cravings for the substance, 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 the 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, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) sessions and meetings with other groups. A counsellor will be available to discuss your long-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, visit the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health website.