drug withdrawal symptoms
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Drug withdrawal can be a challenging and dangerous experience, marked by a series of physical and psychological symptoms that vary widely in intensity and duration. Medically supervised detoxification puts you in a safe, comfortable environment where health care professionals monitor your condition and control your cravings.

What Is Drug Withdrawal?

Withdrawal occurs when you suddenly deprive your body and brain of a substance they are accustomed to. The struggle to readjust and achieve equilibrium leads to the onset of side effects like these.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Shaking or tremors
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Muscle pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Intense drug cravings

Symptom type and severity can vary dramatically based on the substance involved. For instance, opioid withdrawal often causes painful flu-like symptoms, while alcohol withdrawal can lead to a potentially life-threatening condition called delirium tremens. Health professionals will monitor your condition and help you manage these risks effectively.

The Case for Medically Supervised Detox

Some people assume going through detox at home is easier or less distressing, but it can be hazardous due to extreme symptoms like seizures, depression and disorientation. The resulting discomfort and distress often lead to relapse without personalized attention.

Medically managed detoxification is the first phase of addiction recovery at Hope by the Sea, building a foundation for healing your mind, body and spirit. Our experienced staff members will support you through each step of the process, significantly reducing the discomfort associated with withdrawal.

Detox can also be emotionally taxing, as the experience requires confronting the reality of lifelong abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Managing stress without resorting to your typical crutch will require you to learn new coping mechanisms. Detox sets a positive tone for lifelong recovery by providing a stable base from which you can progress seamlessly into the next phases of your customized treatment plan.

Choose Professional Help

Successful substance abuse treatment starts with a genuine motivation to change your life, but powerful cravings, mood changes and other obstacles can cause even the most committed person’s resolve to waver. The safest way to start your recovery is under the care of medical professionals who can ensure your experience is as safe and comfortable as possible.

Though withdrawal is inherently challenging, you don’t have to go through it alone. Hope by the Sea’s treatment tracks begin by guiding our clients through detoxification, minimizing discomfort and preparing them for the next steps in their recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction, contact us today. We are available 24/7 to take your call.