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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Symptoms of Withdrawal

Symptoms of Withdrawal

Symptoms of Withdrawal
Withdrawal is defined by Merriam-Webster as the syndrome of often painful physical and psychological symptoms that follow discontinuance of an addicting drug. When the human body is used to having alcohol or drugs, it responds with withdrawal symptoms when the drugs or alcohol are reduced or stopped. You can experience withdrawal from alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medicines.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can begin as early as 4 hours after cutting down or stopping and begin as late as a few days after the last drink. They can range from mild to life-threatening. The severity depends on the level of dependence and your body physiology.
Mild withdrawal symptoms may include:
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Intense worry or anxiety
  • Feeling tense or edgy
  • Insomnia
Severe withdrawal symptoms may include:
  • Feeling things on your body that are not there
  • Seeing things on your body that are not there
  • Being extremely confused, jumpy, or upset
  • Seizures
Withdrawal from prescription medicines or illegal drugs vary based on the specific drug or combination of drugs. Physical withdrawal symptoms can last from one week to one month. Common symptoms include:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Extreme sweating
  • Nervousness and shaking
  • Seizures
  • Death
The first stage of withdrawal is called the acute phase. Every drug and every person is different, causing symptoms and severity to vary.
The next stage of withdrawal is called the Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. This phase isn’t talked about as often, which is problematic. As your brain chemistry returns to homeostasis it causes post-acute withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can seem disruptive and disappointing when people don't know what's happening. During this stage you may have no physical withdrawal symptoms. In this stage psychological withdrawal symptoms are dominant. They may include:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Low enthusiasm
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Tiredness
  • Depression
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Trouble with memory
If you are physically dependent on alcohol or drugs and are experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, you may need the aid of medical professionals to help you safely detox. Withdrawal can be life threatening and can be dangerous. If you have already gone through the physical detox you will still benefit from the professional support of a treatment program. The post-acute withdrawal symptoms can last up to two years. You don’t have to do it alone.
The answer to recovery is Simple. Simple Recovery has a passion for transforming lives through residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient programs. Built on action, our treatment plan encourages movement in life, bringing clients back to work, back to school, or involvement with meaningful volunteer work. For information on our addiction treatment and dual diagnosis programs for men and women, call: 877-312-7440

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