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What Are Drug Withdrawals?

Drugs and alcohol can certainly ruin someone’s life. Sometimes it’s a long process, and for others it can happen relatively quickly. If you are looking to quit using drugs or alcohol but are scared of withdrawals, please don’t let that be the reason to not get sober. Unfortunately, there is only one way out of addiction, and it’s to get through withdrawals. Different substances have different withdrawal patterns, and learning how to deal with them can help save a life. Fortunately, there are plenty of addiction treatment facilities that can help you manage withdrawal safely and comfortably. Addiction is a powerful thing but someone that is determined to recover is just as strong.

 What Is Withdrawal?

Withdrawal is defined as the physical and psychological effects that happen to a person and the brain following the abrupt discontinuation of use of a drug or alcohol. This means that when you stop using a drug or other substances that alter your mental or physical state of mind, the way your body reacts is the withdrawal from the substance. Withdrawal is something that all people experience to some degree when they do stop using drugs or alcohol. Withdrawal can vary from drug to drug and from person to person.

Withdrawal can happen to anyone that has been using drugs or alcohol, then either loses access to them, or stops using them all together. Withdrawal can be incredibly scary and can even lead to death in some cases. If you are dealing with withdrawal you can experience mild to extreme side effects, depending on the substance you’re abusing. Above It All strongly suggests detoxing at an addiction treatment facility and not on your own. 

What Is Detox?

The process of detoxification can cause your body to go into withdrawal, as it’s the process of removing toxic substances from your body. Detox at a treatment facility is led by medical professionals to ensure your safety. Detoxing at an addiction treatment facility is also the best way to manage the pain of withdrawal. You’ll be monitored 24/7 by medical staff who are experts in addiction. Above It All is here to match you with a treatment facility that has a professional detox program so you can start your recovery journey the right way. Detoxing at a facility is much safer than detoxing at home and experiencing unmonitored withdrawal symptoms. After you complete detox, the next recommending step is residential inpatient treatment. Once you experience withdrawal, it’s important to learn the coping skills that will help keep you sober, so you never have to withdraw again.

Withdrawing From A Substance

Different drugs create different withdrawal symptoms. See below for the most common withdrawal symptoms associated with the most commonly abused drugs:

  • Cocaine: Depression, feelings of hopelessness, and feeling restless. On average these symptoms last about seven to ten days. 
  • Alcohol: Short term tremors and seizures. Severe alcoholics can experience wet brain during withdrawal or even death. 
  • Opioids: Flu like symptoms; body aches, runny nose, fever, and vomiting. 
  • Benzodiazepines: Anxiety, depression, and seizures. It’s important to not stop using these drugs cold turkey. 

Seeking Addiction Treatment

For those that are struggling with addiction, seeking treatment is going to help you work through the substance abuse and the issues that caused the addiction in the start. Above It All is a free addiction placement service that helps you find the program that is going to work for you and help you recover. Our 24/7 help line is answered by addiction experts who can answer any question you may have about treatment. We offer matching services for detoxification, residential inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and sober living. Reach out to us today to get the help you deserve! 

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