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The body’s reaction to the removal of a substance it has become dependent on is called withdrawal. Withdrawal causes cravings for more of the substance being removed. The period when the body is trying to overcome its addiction is called detoxification (detox). Detox is the first step in overcoming a substance addiction such as drugs or alcohol. Detox is a crucial step for the individual to be successfully rehabilitated. Before the patient can focus on treatment, they must first get rid of the cravings for the substance of abuse.

Symptoms Can Vary

Opiate drugs such as heroin, methadone, and prescription medications including Hydrocodone, OxyContin, Xanax, Vicodin and Lortab require medical detox supervision. Alcohol detoxification should never be attempted alone, as well. These processes of detox require the patient to be closely monitored by keeping vital signs, giving support, and administering medications if needed. There are numerous withdrawal symptoms or side effects when a client stops or dramatically reduces drugs or alcohol after heavy or prolonged use. Those side effects include: sweating, shaking, headaches, cravings, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, sleeplessness, confusion, agitation, depression, anxiety and other behavioral changes. There could also be symptoms such as seizures or delirium tremens (DTs) which are very often present with alcohol withdrawal.

Drug Withdrawal Stages

WithdrawalFor individuals who are going through the withdrawal of drugs from their body, and are in need of the best treatment centers, so that they will not start taking drugs again, during the Drug Withdrawal Stages, finding the best treatment and inpatient centers, is going to ensure that the individual will be able to deal with the stages and the symptoms. Although each person is different, and each may not experience the same Drug Withdrawal Stages, during these stages, being in the right inpatient treatment center will ensure that the patient is not going to give into the addiction, that they are going to be monitored by the best doctors and nursing staff, and that they will get the proper support and help while going through these stages and symptoms, so that when they get out of the treatment facility, they will not fall back into taking drugs.

There are two Drug Withdrawal Stages which all individuals go through. The first is known as the acute stage, which usually will last for a couple of weeks, once the drug is completely taken away from the body, and the patient is getting used to living their lives without that drug on a day to day basis, as they have been doing for a period. This stage will usually entail physical symptoms of the withdrawal, including emotional outbreaks, temper outbreaks, and even weight loss or gain, depending on the patient. But, each drug addiction patient is different, so this first stage of the two Drug Withdrawal Stages is going to be a bit different for each person. During this stage, being in the right inpatient center is going to ensure that the patient is properly monitored, that they are eating, drinking, and taking the medications that are prescribed by the staff. Being continuously monitored will ensure that they experience the fewest physical anxieties, and the fewest symptoms during the stage.

The second of the Drug Withdrawal Stages is the post acute withdrawal syndrome. This is the stage where individuals will have fewer physical symptoms but will experience more of the emotion symptoms, including anger and rage, as well as psychological withdrawal symptoms, which may lead including hallucinations or similar occurrences. This is the stage where the inpatient treatment center is going to be the best help. The nurses and doctors, as well as the other patients in the center, are going to be a form of support, to help each other get over these symptoms and rages, and be able to deal with the emotions that come along with removing the toxic drug from the system.

This second symptom, the post-acute symptom, is due to the brain chemistry returning to its normal functioning, without the need for the drugs. So, it does not know how to deal without having the drugs, so the emotional and hallucinating psychological symptoms will kick in until the body and brain learn to work together without the drugs. As the brain slowly gets accustomed to being without the drugs, these symptoms are going to begin to go away slowly, and the body is going to be able to function without the drugs.

So, especially early on in the withdrawal stages, having the proper care, treatment, and nursing and doctor staff, along with a great support system, is what the person who is going through these symptoms is going to need around them. For this reason, the inpatient center, with the best care, is a much better place than the home, or even a regular doctor or hospital, for the patient to start getting over the symptoms, and get back to living a normal life.

These Symptoms Can Be Deadly Without Professional Help

With any addiction, the withdrawal symptoms can be painful and possibly life-threatening to the addict and anyone close to the user. At our facility, we work with you to help you through the withdrawal symptoms and detox with a variety of treatments to ease the painful symptoms. If you have a substance abuse or addiction problem, or if you have a loved one with a problem,  please contact us today. We can help put you on the road to recovery.

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