Withdrawing from drugs or alcohol can be one of the more difficult things that a person attempting to get sober has to contend with. The uncomfortability that comes with the withdrawal symptoms can be overpowering and many people stay in their addiction for longer than necessary because of the fear associated with facing these symptoms. As frightful as withdrawal symptoms may seem, our current medical understanding of such symptoms means that we are now able to not only handle any medical complications that may arise but also afford people a comfortable and safe medical detox from all substances.
A large part of what makes withdrawing from drugs or alcohol so frightening is that there is a level of unfamiliarity associated with going through withdrawals. This means that people who are about to stopping using drugs or alcohol are not entirely sure what they are going to experience and because of this they are scared at what may come. This is entirely understandable and it is what this post is going to address. In this post, we are going to look at the withdrawal symptoms from various drugs and what you can expect during the detox process from each. So if you are currently at a place where you are thinking about stopping using drugs or alcohol read on and step into your recovery informed about what is to come.
Withdrawal Symptoms for Various Drugs
Since different drugs interact with the body in different ways, the symptoms that you will experience from withdrawals will vary depending on what drugs you were taking. Some of the symptoms that you will experience from certain drugs are rather benign, while others can be lethal, so it is important to know what you are dealing with so you can get proper medical help for your detox process.
The symptoms that you will experience from withdrawing from opiates are similar to having a very bad flu. These symptoms will usually present themselves anywhere from a few hours to 24 hours after the last usage and can persist for 3 to 7 days. You can expect to experience:
- Hot and cold sweats
- Muscle aches and pains
- Abdominal cramping
- Vomiting or Diarrhea
While the symptoms from opiate withdrawal are rather uncomfortable, they are not life threatening. Usually, around the third day of the withdrawal process, a person starts to feel better and regain their appetite some. There are some cases where symptoms persist for longer than a week and this is usually associated with extended Suboxone or Methadone usage. Using either of these drugs for an extended period of time can cause the withdrawal process to persist for longer than normal.
Withdrawing from alcohol without the proper medical supervision can be extraordinarily dangerous and can in certain cases result in death, so it is important that you have medical guidance before attempting to quit drinking.
The symptoms that you can experience from alcohol withdrawal usually last 5 to 7 days and they can be broken down into three stages.
The symptoms experienced in Stage 1 of alcohol withdrawal usually begin around 8 hours after the last drink and they include:
- Abdominal Pain
Stage 2 usually begins around 24 hours after your last drink and can last for up to 72 hours. The symptoms in this stage are:
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased body temperature
This stage of alcohol withdrawal is the most medically precarious and if the proper medical supervision is not employed it could be very dangerous. Symptoms in Stage 3 usually begin around 72 hours after the last drink and can persist for a few days after, they include:
- Delirium tremens
- Increased agitation
Similar to alcohol withdrawal, the symptom associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal can be fatal if proper medical supervision is not attained. In a certain regard, benzodiazepine withdrawal is more dangerous because symptoms can last much longer and a person could still be in danger of suffering some of the more harmful symptoms weeks or even months after usage is stopped. The symptoms associated with benzodiazepine withdrawal are:
- Panic attacks
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle pain
- Heart palpitations
Due to the dangerous nature of withdrawing from benzodiazepines, it is imperative that you seek proper medical help during the detox process of this drug.
Cocaine is different than the other drugs listed above because there are no actual physical symptoms associated with its withdrawal process. That being said, this does not mean that there aren’t symptoms associated with coming off of cocaine. Majority of what a person will experience when they withdrawal from cocaine is mental in nature and the symptoms can last for 7 to 10 days. The symptoms are:
- General discomfort
- Vivid nightmares
Although there are no physical symptoms associated with withdrawing from cocaine, it is still often suggested that a person seek medical help during the withdrawal process. Many times the obsession and compulsion to use are enough to cause someone to begin usage again, so being in the confines of a detox facility can help ensure a safe and successful detox process.
Seeking Treatment For Substance Abuse
If you find that you cannot stop using drugs or alcohol even though you would like to, then you may be suffering from an addiction. Addiction is an actual recognizable disease and as such you’re inability to stop on your own should not be a cause for shame or guilt. There are millions of people every year who need to seek help for addiction and alcoholism, and many have made it through their struggles to a life of recovery. So if you think you need help then call the professionals at Dream Center for Recovery today at 1-877-978-3148. Our trained staff is standing by to take your call and to help you through the withdrawal process and into a life free from addiction. Call us today.