The length of time that withdrawal symptoms last can vary depending on the specific substance being abused and the individual’s level of dependence. Generally, acute withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, while post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) can last for months or even years in some cases.
For example, withdrawal from short-acting opioids like heroin or oxycodone typically peaks within 72 hours and can last for up to a week, while withdrawal from long-acting opioids like methadone or buprenorphine can last for several weeks or even months. Withdrawal from benzodiazepines like Xanax or Ativan can also vary in length, with acute symptoms typically lasting a few weeks but PAWS lasting several months or more.
It’s important to note that everyone’s experience with withdrawal is unique, and factors like the severity of addiction, co-occurring mental health conditions, and overall physical health can all impact the duration and intensity of withdrawal symptoms. It’s always best to work with a healthcare professional to develop a personalized plan for detoxification and withdrawal management.