Addiction to drugs and alcohol creates both physical and psychological dependence. Your body has been flooded with drugs for so long that it depends on them to function properly. Stopping the intake of these drugs abruptly causes symptoms of withdrawal which are debilitating.
Heroin and Opioids
- Stomach pain
- Body aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Extreme anxiety
- Muscle weakness
Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Other Stimulants
Withdrawal from stimulants causes less physical symptoms than heroin, but the psychological effects of drug withdrawal can be dangerous. Cocaine and methamphetamine are stimulants and the brain depends on them to keep it “happy”. During withdrawal, the psychological lows can be devastating. Some of the symptoms of stimulant withdrawal include:
Alcohol is the most dangerous substance to withdraw from. Attempting to detox from alcohol on your own can and does have deadly consequences. Because of the fatal risks of withdrawal from alcohol, it should never be attempted without medical supervision. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal begin to occur within 2 days and can include:
Many addicts abuse more than one substance at a time. This can lead to fatal interactions and withdrawal symptoms that need to be monitored by a medical professional. A spokesperson for Detox of South Florida a well respected drug treatment center in West Palm Beach had this to say, “Many addicts use some form of an upper and then a downer. This is quite common in addiction. One type of narcotic to get you feeling energized, then another one to calm you down later.”
Trained medical professionals can prescribe medications which stave off withdrawal symptoms. The patient must be closely monitored during the process to ensure safely removing the drugs from the body.
Withdrawal ranges from being uncomfortable to being excruciating. Many people end up relapsing during, or just after, cessation because of the painful symptoms. The body is no longer used to the effects of the addictive substance. The same dose a patient used the day before can now lead to a fatal overdose. This is why drug rehab centers monitor their patients during and after detoxing.
The ultimate goal of any attempt to stop using is to live a life without addiction. Professional drug rehab centers specialize in helping people achieve a life of sobriety.
There are very real dangers that are present when withdrawing from drugs and alcohol. Getting professional help to stop safely eliminates those dangers. Although it is tempting to try detoxing on your own in your comfortable home environment, doing so can have devastating consequences.