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Opiate Withdrawal Timeline: First Week, Day by Day

When you make it during the first day, 24 hours since your last dose, the withdrawal symptoms timeline will likely have begun. You must mentally and physically plan for the first week during the onset these symptoms, which will occur following the week ahead.

Day 1: First 24 hours of opiate withdrawal

At first, you may experience some common opiate withdrawal symptoms, such as upset stomach, restless legs syndrome and flu-like symptoms. But I assure you many other symptoms are not far behind and will prevail shortly. It's vital you be prepared during this duration by setting up a schedule that will guide you day by day through the end of the withdrawal process.

Opiate Withdrawal Timeline: First Week

The Morning:

  • Eat something light, such as oatmeal or toast. Preferably consume some healthy carbohydrates.
  • Take your dosage of Withdrawal Aid (2 caps), along with Imodium AD and Aspirin (as needed).
  • Take a hot shower.
  • Sleep as much as possible. Over the following days, sleeping will become part of your daily routine as your body begins the process.

The Afternoon:

  • Eat a snack or small portion mean. Keep hydrated with fluids.
  • Take additional Imodium AD and OTC medicines as needed.
  • Relax some more and engage in a new hobby to pass time.
  • Rest some more while your body start detoxing.
  • Try to go to the gym and start exercising. This will help with the symptoms at night.

The Night:

  • Take Withdrawal Aid (2 caps), along with Imodium AD and Aspirin (as needed).
  • Take another hot shower.
  • Eat a quick meal as your appetite will be depressed. If you stomach hurts, try something light like soup and crackers.
  • Keep resting and enjoy a movie, music, video games or anything to keep you busy in a calm and quiet place.

Reflect on your accomplishments: The first day is over, take a moment to congratulate yourself and reflect on how much positive progress you have achieved during the past 24 hours of being clean. The good news is your already a quarter of the way through the hard part. If you made it this far, chances are you’re ready to break your addiction.

Day 2: Is this really happening?

The second day will initiate some of the more uncomfortable symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Symptoms such as stomach aches, diarrhea, constipation, nausea and other flu-like symptoms will continue over the next few days. Your bodies energy levels will plummet and you will experience difficulty getting out of your bed. Depression is likely, so make an effort to stay focus and follow your planned schedule. Start taking vitamins which will help boost your bodies natural defense system.

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The Morning:

  • Eat something light, such as oatmeal or toast. Preferably consume some healthy carbohydrates.
  • Start consuming foods with high levels of Vitamin C, such as orange juice and various fruits.
  • Drink a cup of coffee or green tea to help give you energy and increase blood sugar.
  • Take your dosage of Withdrawal Aid (2 caps), along with Imodium.
  • Take a hot shower.
  • Even though it will be hard, start trying to exercise in the morning. This will help give you energy during the day instead of at night.

The Afternoon:

  • Rest a couple hours and let your body detox.
  • Take additional Imodium AD and OTC medicines as needed.
  • Engage in a new hobby to pass time. This can include a movie, music, game or book.
  • Stay hydrated with constant intake of healthy liquids.
  • Try and consume some healthy snacks; such as carrots, fruits, or vegetable if possible.

The Night:

  • Take Withdrawal Aid (2 caps), along with Imodium AD and Aspirin (as needed).
  • Use heating pads & ice-packs to alleviate muscle cramping, RLS and hot/cold flashes.
  • Eat a quick meal as your appetite will be depressed. If you stomach hurts, try something light like soup and crackers.
  • Keep resting and enjoy a movie, music, video games or anything to keep you busy in a calm and quiet place.

Reflect on your accomplishments:  After the completion of the second day, you most likely have encountered insomnia and various new withdrawal symptoms. The good news is these symptoms will peak within the following days and thereafter you will be on the road to living without prescription pills. For most people, day two is the hardest, so I congratulate your perseverance and determination! You have made it farther than a lot of people!

Days 3-5: Make it or break it

This time period will most likely be the most challenge you will encounter during the withdrawal process. The symptoms you experience will peak, so it’s important to be psychologically and physically prepared. The importance of knowing how long opiate withdrawal effects your body and how to counteract them will make it easier in the long term. The only real difference during this period is the severity levels which these symptoms may carry.

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The Morning:

  • Wake up earlier as compared to the previous days. Perform some light stretching to alleviate muscle soreness and back pain.
  • Eat something light, such as oatmeal or toast. Consume healthy carbohydrates and juices. Stay away from foods with high acidity levels.
  • Take your dosage of Withdrawal Aid (2 caps), along with Imodium AD and Aspirin (as needed).
  • Take a hot shower and prepare yourself as if you were attending a social event. By looking good, it will keep you feeling good.
  • Try and go to a public place such as the park, mall or grocery store. Start being around people again and display your dramatic transformation.

The Afternoon:

  • Try and eat a full sized meal. Always stay hydrated with electrolytes and fluids.
  • Take additional Imodium AD and OTC medicines as needed.
  • Rest some more while your body continues the detox process.
  • Keep exercising. This will help with the symptoms at night.

The Night:

  • Take Withdrawal Aid (2 caps), along with Imodium AD and Aspirin (as needed).
  • Take a hot shower or soothing warm bath.
  • Eat heavier meals as your appetite will be depressed. If you stomach hurts, try something lighter or divide your dinner into multiple servings.
  • Relax and enjoy a movie, music or anything to keep you busy in a calm and quiet place.

Reflect on your accomplishments: Wow! You've made it over the hump, now all you have to do is continue down the road. At this point, the symptoms won’t suddenly stop. But the great news is they can’t continue to get any worse. You may start feeling extremely ill, so it’s important to constantly tell yourself there’s no point of return.  Your will be living a normal life again very soon! By the end of day five, you should already have increased levels of energy levels.

What to expect during the days ahead

If you made it this far, the great news is the worst is probably over.  The excruciating symptoms that occurred during days 3 to 5 may last several more days depending on your history of abuse. At this point, you should start to notice some of dramatic improvements. The withdrawal symptoms should begin to diminish day by day. If they haven't, remember to not be discouraged and continue on with this process. You also notice your body has a little more energy and your feelings of depression will start to subside. Just remember to repeat yourself, all these withdrawal symptoms you are experiencing will ultimately go away. It's a methodical process, which in the end you must endure to successfully complete a full recovery.

Stay Positive During The Days Ahead

Important factors to keep in mind:

  • Remember to keep positive and patient throughout this process and the days ahead. Remind yourself every day that the symptoms will subside. It’s a step-by-step process that isn't cured overnight.
  • Even though your depression may linger for up to several weeks. Your physical well-being will improve greatly. You will have good days and bad days, so be prepared for journey ahead.
  • The physical effects of twitching, restless legs and cold and hot flashes may take a little while longer to diminish. But the frequency in which they occur will lessen with each new day.
  • Remember to take Withdrawal Aid for the entire duration of the withdrawal process. Withdrawal Aid will tremendously speed up your recovery and lessen withdrawal symptoms.
  • Exercise on a daily basis and make sure you are eating healthy. Exercise and nutrition will only increase your energy levels and assist with passing time. This will help take your focus off the withdrawal symptoms and promote better sleep.

In The End...

The most important factor during the recovery is patience. By having good patience, you will be able to make it through the withdrawal process completely.

You may ask yourself, “When will this be over? How long does opiate withdrawal last? I can't take it anymore.”

Please don't be alarmed, just remain patient and take it day by day until you feel 100% back to normal. During the first week, your energy levels may fluctuate as you notice “reality”. I cannot explain enough how important it is to have a positive attitude and determination during the recovery process. By staying optimistic, it will help you get through the bumps in the road.

Your brain and body will continue to heal itself over the next several weeks. You may experience sudden bursts of energy and elevated moods. This is normal, mainly because the section in your brain responsible for “happiness” is returning back to normal. When you fully feel better, you will look back and notice how you just made the best decision of your life.

  • Vince

    Today is the second day without my pain pills. I feel terrible. I just went to the store and purchased some of the items you discuss to help with the withdrawals. I also just ordered your detox system. Hopefully it works for me. Ill report back with the results. Thanks for the helpful advice.