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Drug Addiction Withdrawal

Written on: March 11th, 2009 By: Val

Drug Addiction: Withdrawal

Drug addiction is a serious problem that affects everyone it touches, not just the person struggling with it.¬† The person struggling with drug addiction may be in such denial that oftentimes it may require an intervention in order to get a loved one into drug rehab treatment. Quite often it’s the fear of withdrawal and the often uncomfortable symptoms that accompany it that deters even those who do want to get help for their drug addiction.

People become addicted to drugs on both a physical and psychological level. For this reason, the professional care available at a drug rehab center is advised. The physical dependence is removed during detoxification and the psychological dependence is addressed once the body has been stabilized. The body has become dependent upon the drug to function and when it is ceased, the body will naturally complain with aches and pains. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and generally are uncomfortable enough that, given the opportunity, an individual will return to using drugs to avoid them.  For this reason, drug detoxification should always be medically supervised in a safe environment. Southcoast Recovery offers state-licensed medical detox at their drug rehab facility in Dana Point, California, that helps gently wean the body off of drugs or alcohol over a period of days with a mild form of prescription medication.

What is Drug Addiction Withdrawal?

Drug addiction withdrawal is the uncomfortable result of detoxing the body from drugs and is the first, necessary step in drug rehabilitation.  Withdrawal can be overwhelming for both the mind and body.  Withdrawal from certain drugs can be dangerous and potentially life threatening if not treated in a medically supervised environment with 24 hour care. Certain drugs act on the central nervous system and/or the respiratory system. When removed, the nervous system is no longer being chemically suppressed and may seize, causing life-threatening convulsions. Anxiety is a common result of withdrawal, as is depression and confusion. These symptoms combined with physical body aches that generally feel flu-like in nature make it difficult for people to make it through initial drug addiction withdrawal on their own.  While detoxification is rather uncomfortable, it is the first sign that the body is restoring itself to its natural, healthy state of being following drug addiction.

General Symptoms of Drug Addiction Withdrawal

All people who struggle with drug addiction suffer withdrawal symptoms that range from mild to severe depending on the type of drug, quantity and consistency of drug usage. As mentioned, there are both physical and psychological signs of withdrawal from drug addiction.  The physical signs of drug addiction withdrawal include a variety of symptoms which may not be universal, but include nausea, vomiting, body aches, profuse sweating, headache, anxiety, tremors, insomnia, restlessness, difficulty concentrating and more.  The severity of withdrawal symptoms will vary depending on which substance the client has become addicted to.

Drug Addiction Withdrawal for Benzodiazepines, Alcohol and Opiates

For those who need to detox from anti-anxiety medication, tranquilizers and sedatives such as Benzodiazepines (Valium, Librium, Xanax, Klonapin) or alcohol, the drug addiction withdrawal symptoms may include insomnia, increased amounts of anxiety, irregular heartbeat, profuse sweating, tremors, headaches, body-aches and the possibility of life-threatening seizures. Severe alcohol detox symptoms also include visual or auditory hallucinations and delerium tremens or DTs. Benzodiazepines and alcohol both work by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). Abrupt cessation can result in convulsions or seizures and for this reason, benzodiazepines and alcohol are the most dangerous forms of drugs to safely detox from. Medical supervision at a hospital or licensed drug rehab facility is highly recommended for a safe detox.

For those who are recovering from opiate drug addiction such as prescription drug painkillers (Codeine, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, OxyContin, Morphine, Roxicet) and heroin, some drug addiction withdrawal symptoms will include an increase in mucus resulting in a runny noise or coughing, the shakes or tremors, anxiety, vomiting and nausea, inability to sleep, irritability, profuse sweating, cramps, high blood pressure, body aches and headaches, dilated pupils, persistent yawning and watering eyes.

Drug Addiction Withdrawal for Methamphetamines, Crystal Meth and Cocaine

Methamphetamine abuse has become a huge problem because of its highly addictive properties. Methamphetamine drug addiction and crystal meth withdrawal symptoms include fatigue, irritability, inability to concentrate, confusion,  increased hunger and overwhelming cravings for methamphetamines.  Related drugs that stimulate feeling of euphoria include cocaine, for which withdrawal symptoms include sleeplessness, fatigue, irritability, cravings, lack of pleasure and sometimes extreme agitation.

SouthCoast Recovery Treats Drug Addiction Withdrawal

SouthCoast Recovery offers safe, comfortable, medical detox for all forms of drug addiction. Our state-licensed drug rehab detox facility offers traditional medical detox with a mild form of prescription medication to safely and gently ease your body off of drugs and into recovery. In addition, Southcoast Recovery is only one of three drug rehab facilities in the nation to offer NeuroTransmitter Restoration therapy (NTR), a cutting-edge all-natural amino acid solution delivered intravenously that saturates the body’s cells and jump-starts the recovery process. NTR has been demonstrated to be very effective in reducing and even eliminating cravings as well as restoring clarity within days instead of weeks or months.

Don’t let the fear of drug addiction withdrawal stop you from getting sober and living the life you were meant to live. SouthCoast Recovery will ease you through the withdrawal stage and into recovery. We offer 30, 60, 90 day and 6 month residential drug addiction treatment at our state-of-the-art drug rehab facility in Dana Point, California.¬† For more information, call us today. Professional assistance is available 24/7.

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