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The Signs of Alcohol and Drug Withdrawals

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Withdrawal symptoms are the bane of every addict and alcoholic. They are the reason that many people continue to use long after they have been shown that their life is unmanageable and they are the reason that many people fail to get sober when they are attempting to do so on their own.

The symptoms from drug withdrawals can vary in particularity and severity depending on the substance being abused, but overall they represent an extreme discomfort for the people experiencing them, similar to the bodily symptoms of the flu coupled with the psychological symptoms of anxiety and depression.

A person experiencing drug withdrawals may at one moment be cold and in the very next minute be hot. It may feel as if their skin is crawling and they are unable to get comfortable except for brief periods where they tense all their muscles and feel reprieve. It is generally a terrible experience and while medical science has improved in terms of making the addict or alcoholic more comfortable during their drug withdrawals, there is still a period of time during everyone’s early recovery where they will feel the effect of withdrawal symptoms.

The interesting thing about withdrawal symptoms is that many people who are just becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol are not even aware that they are experiencing drug withdrawals. For instance, a person who has been abusing opiates for a while, but hasn’t stopped for a long enough period of time to have their body crave these substances, may not even be aware that they are going through withdrawals when they attempt to stop for the first time. They may just think they have the flu or a minor cold, and only after using the substance again and feeling better are they aware that they are in the grips of addictions.

This can be a tremendously frightening realization to come to and unfortunately, many people at this point continue to use for fear of going through withdrawals, not knowing that by doing so, they are only prolonging the inevitable and increasing the symptoms they will experience during the withdrawal process.

With that said, let’s take a look at some of the drug withdrawal symptoms for substances that are commonly abused. This list does not constitute medical advice but is merely informational, and if you are currently addicted to drugs or alcohol, you should seek professional medical assistance if you are planning to stop using. Not only will this increase your chances for a successful detox, but it will also allow you to avoid any medical complications that can arise from experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal Symptoms from Alcohol

Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal and so it is imperative that you do not attempt to stop using alcohol on your own. You can suffer any number of serious medical complications if you attempt to do so and at a professional detoxification facility they can give you the care and medication you need in order to safely detox.

Alcohol withdrawal has three stages, with stage 1 offering mild to moderate symptoms likes:

  •      Anxiety
  •      Insomnia
  •      Nausea
  •      Mood swings
  •      Heart palpitations

Stage 2 of alcohol withdrawal is a little more severe and it usually begins around 24 hours after the last usage and continues for 2 to 3 days. Withdrawals in this stage consist of:

  •      Increased blood pressure
  •      Increased body temperature
  •      Irregular heart rate
  •      Mood disturbances

Stage 3 is the most dangerous and it is during this stage of alcohol withdrawal that if a person is not given the proper medical supervision, they can experience fatal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms in this stage are usually:

  •      Hallucination
  •      Delirium tremens
  •      Seizures
  •      Severe disorientation and confusion

young girl withdrawing from drugs

Withdrawal Symptoms from Opiates

While withdrawal symptoms from opiate abuse can feel like they are going to be fatal, they are not. Generally speaking, withdrawal from opiates is probably the most uncomfortable physically and because of this, many people, if they do not get the proper professional help, fall back into their drug addiction in order to quell the symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms from opiates consist of:

  •      Restlessness
  •      Muscle aches
  •      Anxiety
  •      Nausea
  •      Insomnia
  •      Excessive yawning
  •      Restlessness
  •      Diarrhea
  •      Vomiting
  •      Elevated blood pressure
  •      Cramping

Withdrawal Symptoms from Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepine withdrawal, like alcohol withdrawal, has the potential to be fatal. Benzodiazepines are drugs like Xanax, Valium, or Klonopin. The main issue with withdrawal from these drugs is that they can cause seizures which, in and of themselves, are dangerous enough, but if they occur when the person is not being supervised, they can cause an individual to fall and hit their head causing further damage and putting them further at risk.

The withdrawal symptoms attributed to benzodiazepine withdrawal are:

  •      Hallucinations
  •      Sweating
  •      Seizures
  •      Panic Attacks
  •      Insomnia
  •      Nausea
  •      Irritability

It is always important when attempting to stop using illicit or prescribed substances that you consult a medical professional so that they can oversee this process. While many people experience some trepidation due to the fact that they are afraid and feel guilt and shame for their addiction, failing to seek professional help can result in serious bodily injury or a relapse back into substance abuse.

While the detox process is usually the most physically taxing and difficult portion of recovery, it does not need to be impossible if you get the proper support that you need. Once you make it through this phase, you can begin to do the work necessary for sustained recovery, so it is important to start off on the right footing and with the proper support in place.

Seeking Treatment for Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Getting clean and sober from drugs and alcohol is the most important thing that an addict or alcoholic can do in their life. At Elevations Health we understand this and we are here to help you through the anxiety that early recovery can bring. With help from the professionals at Elevations Health, you can find a new life in sobriety with the least amount of resistance possible, and you can learn what it means to achieve a sustained and happy recovery. So call us today at 1-866-200-3224 and begin your journey to recovery the right way, with Elevation Health.

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