It could be a number of things. First off, if he just began the rehab, it could be the symptoms haven't hit yet. The worst of the withdrawal from narcotics is generally around 3-5 days off from it.
Second, if he wasn't using every day - or wasn't at a particularly high dose at the end - the withdrawal should be substantially less. He may have tapered down his use toward the time he was going in-patient, to make the withdrawal easier.
Also, the rehab could be giving him either suboxone or other medications to ease the withdrawal, which is a common technique many places use.
And then, the likely answer, in my opinion, is that he could be trying to mislead you, to minimize the extent of his addiction. If he were to tell you he's going through h*ll, it'd feel to him like he was admitting he was deeply addicted. So, if he minimizes it, he hopes you'll believe that it wasn't a significant problem.
The physical withdrawal symptoms generally subside within a week. But the mental and emotional withdrawal will take longer to overcome. Basically, his emotions will be rather "raw" - could be very tearful or very angry, for example. He'll be feeling the feelings he's been numbing through drugs - and not have the escape of a pill to get past it. It takes time to develop the necessary coping skills to deal with emotions, after getting clean. That's a big part of the education one receives in a rehab.
God bless. I pray all goes well.
Ask your hubby if he given a bitter orange pill to place under his tongue.
If so, it is Suboxone, and it stops withdrawal. One must taper off of Suboxone slowly. It not only stops withdrawal but it quells cravings for opiates, and heals brain receptor sites.
Best wishes to you and your husband,
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