What is withdrawal?
When an individual becomes addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, a physical and psychological dependence will likely develop after consuming one or more substances for an extended period of time. Once dependence is established, a person then needs a particular substance to function “normally.” Withdrawal symptoms will appear when the use of the substance(s) is reduced or completely stopped. And dealing with withdrawal can be unbearable.
What are some factors that can affect withdrawal symptoms?
While there are many commonalities among individuals experiencing withdrawal symptoms, the experience can be significantly different from person to person. A variety of factors including the drug involved, the duration of its use, and the method of administration can all affect the severity and duration of withdrawal symptoms.
What symptoms should I expect?
Symptoms will differ depending on the particular substance(s) a person is withdrawing from. The following are a few examples:
- Alcohol – Common symptoms include sweating, tremors, anxiety, fluctuations in blood pressure and heart rate, agitation, hyperactivity, confusion, headache, seizures, fever, loss of consciousness and delirium tremens. These symptoms can be difficult to overcome and sometimes deceptive as the more mild cases may not immediately be associated with withdrawal due to their similarities to other illnesses.
- Stimulants – Drugs like methamphetamines, cocaine, and Ritalin: Depression, fatigue, anxiety and intense cravings are all common to stimulant withdrawal. In some instances excessive sleep, acute psychosis and suicidal thoughts may also be experienced.
- Opiates/Narcotics – Drugs like Morphine, Vicodin and Oxycontin: Symptoms can be minor to severe and can range from sweating, yawning, anxiety and cravings, to insomnia, depression, rapid pulse and heart rate, abdominal cramping, tremors, vomiting, diarrhea, bone and muscle pain.
- Depressants (Barbiturates & Benzodiazepines) – Drugs like Xanax, Valium and Klonopin: Anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, sweating, tremors, gastrointestinal upset, and possibly delirium are all common withdrawal symptoms.
Dealing With Withdrawal at Gallus Detox Centers
Because the withdrawal process can be complicated and sometimes life threatening, it is critical for individuals to undergo drug and/or alcohol detox in a medical detox program. Gallus Detox Centers specialize in helping individuals manage the effects of drug and/or alcohol withdrawal safely and effectively. Contact us online or call us at 888-228-9114 to learn more about our facility and detoxification process.