Investigators that have examined the biological, psychological and social factors that contribute to opiate abuse argue that most individuals that become dependent on opiates begin their cycle of addictive behavior early, generally in their twenties, and continue to use illicit drugs intermittently throughout their lifetime. They argue that repeated exposure to drugs such as opiates causes substance use to increase despite the adverse effects and harmful consequences that the individual may experience.
The majority of individuals that become addicted to opiates develop a physiological dependence that gradually escalates as the body concomitantly builds up tolerance to the physical effects of the drug. Once a pattern of physical dependence is firmly established the addicted patient enters repeated cycles of drug cessation and relapse that can continue throughout his or her lifespan.
The withdrawal symptoms you may experience vary significantly depending of which substance you have been using. The onset of these symptoms also vary widely as well. Opiate withdrawal symptoms may not appear for three to four hours or may be delayed up to forty-eight hours. Regardless of how long it takes for the onset of symptoms, the symptoms will almost always get worse and may not reach the peak of their severity for three to five days and last for two-three weeks.
Withdrawal Symptoms: Tremors, Muscle Cramps, Insomnia, Agitation, Decreased Appetite, Goosebumpy Skin, Diarrhea, Elevated Blood Pressure, Stomach Cramps, Yawning, Creepy-Crawly Feelings on Skin, Profuse Sweating, Cold Sensitivity, Runny Nose, Restless Legs, Sneezing.