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Individuals struggling with drug or alcoholaddiction often find it difficult to deal with the common symptomsof withdrawal associated with drug abuse. When the symptoms of withdrawal are not dealt with effectively, they may lead to a relapse. Coping with cravings requires starting new habits and replacing old ones. This helps the patient focus his or her attention on the new, healthy practice.

Experiencing and dealing with symptoms of withdrawal can be the worst part of starting a recovery program. Drugs can affect the individual’s ability to think clearly and exhibit coherent behavior. When users experience withdrawal, the brain will try to deceive the patient into thinking drugs are a good idea or way of escape. Some common symptoms of withdrawal experienced during the early phases of treatment may include:

  • More sensitivity to pain
  • Patients get irritated easily
  • Emotions become unstable leading to  anxiety and depression
  • Restlessness and sleeping disorders
  • Perspiring and hot flashes
  • Symptoms such as weakness, body pain and migraines
  • Eating disorders
  • Poor concentration
  • Breathing problems
  • Nausea and vomiting

Users can either feel bad or good when experiencing withdrawal. They want to ease bad feelings and discomfort, but they feel hopeless. This is the natural process of coping with emotional withdrawal symptoms and detoxifying the body from the drug of abuse. Find medical detox in Hialeah by calling 786-972-3360.

There are also dangerous symptoms experienced during withdrawal. Alcohol and tranquilizers, for example, can cause the most unsafe physical withdrawal. Quitting alcohol consumption or tranquilizers suddenly may lead to seizures and heart attacks in long-term users. A qualified medical team can monitor these symptoms during detox.  They can help minimize and decrease the risk of dangerous health difficulties. Some of these risky symptoms may include:

  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks
  • Hallucinating
  • Delirium tremens (DTs)

Withdrawal depends on the drug used (alcohol, tranquilizers and opiates). Some drugs may lead to a slight physical withdrawal while others lead to emotional symptoms (ecstasy, marijuana and cocaine). Every person experiences withdrawal differently. Some users may experience little physical withdrawal, but that does not mean they are not addicted to the drug.  These patients may be experiencing a more emotional withdrawal and mental addiction instead.

Withdrawal Stages

Withdrawal refers to the feelings of distress and intense craving when users stop the substance of abuse. These physical symptoms occur when the body had become adapted to the chemical. The withdrawal symptoms experienced during the early stages of recovery can be mild, severe, and life threatening depending on a few factors. The five basic stages of withdrawal can be as follows:

  • Withdrawal phase: The initial stage can last up to 15 days. Symptoms such as weakness, pain, anxious feelings and depression can be experienced during this stage.
  • Honeymoon phase: During this period, patients experience feelings different from withdrawal. These feelings are the opposite of what they had previously experienced during the initial stage. Patients feel energized, confident and optimistic during this phase.
  • The wall phase: The honeymoon period will eventually come to an end. Relapses commonly occur during this stage due to the recurrence of feelings of despair, anxiety and depression.
  • Adjustment phase: During this stage, patients realize that recovery is a life-long process that requires patience and commitment.

Research shows that individuals battling chemical dependence, who receive treatment, have more chances to succeed in recovery. Treatment programs that use only one approach to treatment might not be as successful. Call now 786-972-3360 to find individualized treatment for your addiction and the effects of withdrawal. We are committed to treat every individual with care and respect.




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