When someone is dependent on drugs and alcohol, his body begins to rely on those substances all the time. Without them, he feels physical and psychological effects known as withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms range from mildly uncomfortable to painful and even life-threatening. It can be difficult for a person to detox and go through withdrawal. However, it’s a necessary part of overcoming addiction and getting well.
How Withdrawal Symptoms Contribute to Addiction
Have you ever tried to stop using on your own? You were sick and tired of the vicious cycle of drug and alcohol abuse, so you stopped cold turkey. It probably didn’t take long for you to begin feeling anxious, sick and agitated.
Those are just some withdrawal symptoms that can kick in hours after the last hit. If you’ve tried to quit using on your own, as the symptoms get more intense, you may give in to your cravings and use again, just to stop the pain. This is why it’s so hard for people to break the cycle of addiction.
Typical Withdrawal Symptoms
Each person’s detox experience is different. Some people seem to make it through withdrawal with just minor discomfort; it’s likely they haven’t been using long. Others will face intense symptoms, and some of them are dangerous, such as seizures or suicidal thoughts. People with long-term alcohol addiction are particularly at risk of withdrawal complications and should never attempt at-home detox.
Going through withdrawal in a qualified detox facility is the safest way to get clean. You’ll have constant monitoring for your health and safety. In addition, staff members may be able to provide medication to ease the worst of your symptoms.
Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Head and muscle aches
- Extreme fatigue
- Depression and anxiety
The intensity of your symptoms depends on your physiology, the length of time you’ve used and how much you typically used. Naturally, people with long-term addictions suffer more debilitating symptoms.
Detox and Withdrawal Are the Start to a Better Life
Despite how uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms can be, the worst of them occur during the first few days of detox. They’ll gradually taper off over the following weeks and months. However, you may still have residual effects or cravings for a while to come.
Remember that detox is only the first step toward overcoming addiction. It’s not enough just to stop using. You also have to confront the issues that contributed to substance abuse. Then, you can learn coping skills that will help you manage negative thoughts and feelings as part of long-term recovery.
If you’re ready to create a better life, one free of drug and alcohol abuse, there’s an addiction treatment center that’s ready to help.
There Is Hope for a Healthy Future
Serenity Light Recovery is on 10 expansive, tranquil acres in Angleton, Texas. At our facility, we strive to be a beacon of hope and light as we guide our clients toward a healthier, happier future. We want you to feel empowered in the positive changes you make.
The addiction treatment programs we offer include:
No matter where addiction has taken you, we can help you come back from it. Let our supportive team start you on your way to lasting recovery, beginning with medical detox in our safe and comfortable environment. Call us today at 855.658.6109.