Withdrawal. Everybody knows “what” withdrawal is. But fewer people know exactly what alcohol withdrawal or drug withdrawal are. You’ve been drinking water for your entire life. Stop drinking water for 48 hours and you’ll be incredibly thirsty. But you won’t be in withdrawal from water. Ditto for food. It’ll take less than 30 seconds for you to start “missing” oxygen the moment. But none of these are either symptoms or signs of withdrawal.
Bar every American adult from the premises of every Starbucks in the nation and you’ll have something around half of the country going through caffeine withdrawal. So what is withdrawal? What are the signs of withdrawal? And when is it time to get treatment in a South Florida detox center to treat it?
What isn’t withdrawal?
Withdrawal is different than just cravings. No matter how many times you hear someone say that they’re “jonesing” for french fries, they’re not going through withdrawal. Not truly. Even though they may enjoy French fries, even though they may have had french fries every day for a month, they’re not addicted to French fries. Even if their mouth waters right over their lips. And even their stomach drowns out the world in an animalistic growl if they smell a french fry, they are not addicted to French fries.
So what is withdrawal, if it’s more than just a craving?
What is withdrawal?
Simply put, withdrawal refers to the collection of symptoms that occur when a person who is physically dependent on a substance (such as drugs or alcohol) suddenly stops using that substance. It can even occur when said person significantly reduces their intake. It is the body’s reaction to the absence of the substance it has become accustomed to. And it can manifest in a wide variety of both physical and psychological symptoms.
In the case of addictive substances, when someone uses certain substances regularly. Or in large amounts over time, their body adapts to the presence of the substance. This leads to physical dependence. Where the body becomes reliant on the substance as a part of its basic equilibrium.
When the substance is removed from the body. Or when its use is significantly decreased, the body’s equilibrium is thrown significantly out of balance. The body in question needs time to readjust and rebalance its functioning. And it can. But the intervening chemical and physical imbalance leads to what we know as withdrawal symptoms. The signs of withdrawal are quite varied, and they depend on a wide range of factors.
What are the signs of withdrawal
As you might expect, the signs of withdrawal vary. And vary widely. They depend on the sex of the person in question, their age, their metabolism and general level of physical fitness. As well as the kind of drug they’ve been using and the duration of the use.
Here are some general signs and symptoms associated with withdrawal from different substances:
- Alcohol: Symptoms can include anxiety, tremors, sweating, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, hallucinations, seizures, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, confusion, and in severe cases, delirium tremens (DTs).
- Opioids (heroin, prescription painkillers, fentanyl, etc…): “Dopesickness” as opioid withdrawal commonly referred to, as, is among the most serious of withdrawal syndromes. Symptoms may involve muscle aches, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, excessive yawning, sweating, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dilated pupils, rapid heartbeat, and in severe cases, seizures.
- Benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax, Valium, etc…): Signs of withdrawal vary. But they can include: severe anxiety, irritability, insomnia, sweating, increased heart rate, tremors, seizures, panic attacks, and in severe cases, hallucinations or psychosis.
- Stimulants (e.g., cocaine, amphetamines): Withdrawal symptoms might include fatigue, depression, increased appetite, disturbed sleep, intense cravings, agitation, irritability, slowed activity, and in some cases, severe depression leading to suicidal thoughts.
What should you do if you begin to experience the signs of withdrawal?
Experiencing the signs of withdrawal is a sign of addiction. Period. Full stop. And addiction must be treated. For anyone struggling with addiction, you owe it to yourself and to your loved ones to seek treatment. Immediately.
How can a South Florida Detox center help?
First and foremost, withdrawal from certain substances can be an extremely intense and potentially life-threatening process. With symptoms ranging from discomfort to life-threatening complications. At ARIA, our South Florida detox center in West Palm Beach provides a safe environment. One staffed with medical professionals who specialize in managing withdrawal symptoms and ensuring a smoother transition into sobriety and recovery.
Our detox center offers supervised detoxification, where individuals can receive appropriate medications, round-the-clock monitoring, and emotional support, minimizing the risks associated with withdrawal. Moreover, our rehab center offers comprehensive treatment programs beyond detox, including therapy, counseling, and education, addressing the underlying reasons for substance use and helping individuals develop strategies for long-term recovery. Overall, seeking help at a drug rehab center like our West Palm Beach facility in South Florida during withdrawal not only ensures physical safety. But also lays the foundation for a successful journey toward sobriety and lasting recovery.
Experiencing the signs of withdrawal? Get help now in a South Florida detox center!
At the Addiction Recovery Institute of America, our addiction treatment specialists provide expert care for individuals who are struggling with substance use disorders. Our goal is simple: to provide each of our clients with the tools they need to achieve long-term recovery. When you enroll in any one of the programs at ARIA, you are committing to sobriety. We are dedicated to holding up our end of the bargain by designing individualized substance abuse treatment programs that serve each of our client’s individual needs. To get in contact, Call us at (844) 973 2611 or head over to our Contact Us page, fill out our information form and our representatives will get back to you as soon as possible.