Worse yet, once people with an opioid addiction run out of prescription pills, they will often turn to heroin to feed their addiction. Over half a million people in the United States are currently struggling with a heroin addiction.
Individuals who wish to quit taking opioids will try to stop on their own, but withdrawal symptoms are painful and distressing. Relapse, or experiencing adverse health complications can arise during a cold-turkey or at-home detox.
Fortunately, there is help available for people with codeine addiction. Medical detox centers, staffed with doctors and trained therapists 24/7, can alleviate some of the worst withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse.
There are three active phases of codeine withdrawal. The first phase will start in as little as four hours after the last dose. Usually, a person experiencing this early phase of withdrawal will feel flu-like symptoms and mild anxiety. During the second phase, which starts sometime between the first 24 hours and three days after the last dose, a person will experience more distressing and painful symptoms, such as depression and stomach upset. Within the first week, symptoms will peak. The third phase lasts anywhere from one week after the last dose and can linger for months. Depression and cravings for the drug are the most common lingering withdrawal symptoms.