Withdrawal is a common and admittedly unwelcome side effect that occurs when you stop taking a drug you have been addicted to for any length of time. Symptoms range from moderate to severe, depending on the type of addiction you have.
When severe withdrawal is anticipated, it’s important that you seek help for your detox in a medical environment. Self-rehabilitation rarely has long-term success. Hospitals and drug rehab centers alike can help you through the difficult task of detoxification.
Withdrawal Symptoms Due to Physical Addictions
Addictions of a physical nature can lead to harsh physical withdrawal symptoms. Drugs in the opiate family and alcohol share some of the same characteristics for withdrawal:
- Fever and chills
- Depression, anger or other mood swings
In some cases, methadone is administered to curtail the harshest of the symptoms of heroin withdrawal but this is not always available. Many facilities prefer not to substitute one substance for another. Depending on the severity of your addiction, these withdrawal symptoms can persist for days. If you were to detox in an unsupervised environment, it might surely mean relapse. When detox is supervised, you will have aid and support to get you through the worst of the withdrawal period.
Psychological addictions can have just as many symptoms of withdrawal. They simply present in different manners; however, the major symptoms will be an overwhelming desire to use the drug again.
Withdrawal Symptoms Due to Psychological Addictions
Marijuana, crystal meth and cocaine are all known for their mentally addictive qualities. Often, these qualities make a drug dangerous and difficult to detox from. In many cases, physical cravings are easier to cope with than the mental or emotional ones that are caused during the withdrawal period. Depression, anxiety and insomnia are three of the most common symptoms of withdrawal from psychological addictions because the neurotransmitters in the brain are what have been directly affected. Other symptoms are:
- Rapid mood swings
- Lack of attention span
- Increased appetite
- Intense cravings
It’s also possible, as you can see, to have physical symptoms manifest for psychological addictions. Detox can help ease you through the pain, help you sleep and even control your cravings. Even for psychological addictions, detox is not immediate. Often, the psychological pulls require more time and treatment than physical ones, as your brain has been trained to think that it needs the drug for survival.
Finding Drug Detox Centers to Manage Withdrawal Symptoms
It’s extremely important to understand that detox requires patience. No drug detox is instantaneous. As mentioned, your addiction severity vastly influences the length of time you’ll need to cleanse yourself of the toxins you’ve put in your body. It’s also just as important to find a detox center that can help you as much as possible.
Call us today and we’ll help you locate a drug or alcohol detox center that meets your needs.