The physical dependence on drugs or alcohol is one of the most difficult parts to get through in addiction recovery. Depending on your substance of choice, the symptoms of withdrawal can vary, and they can be harsh. Many people fighting addiction have gone through withdrawal, so you’re not alone in your situation. The problem is that the symptoms of withdrawal can leave you feeling extremely hopeless in your addiction.

How Does Physical Dependence Develop?

man with headache has physical dependenceThe body is extremely complex. In fact, the brain is constantly trying to create balance within the body. Introducing substances can cause a problem. Since these substances have chemicals that the body doesn’t normally have, large amounts change the balance. In order to compensate, the body starts adjusting to the drugs or alcohol, which creates a new normal.

As the drugs or alcohol begin to metabolize in the body, the symptoms of withdrawal begin to occur. Different parts of the body go into a state of shock and don’t know what to do without the substance. The symptoms of withdrawal that you’re experiencing are the body’s way of trying to get you to use. Although it may feel like it while you’re going through it, these symptoms of withdrawal do not last forever, and addiction programs can help.

Addiction Treatment for Physical Dependence

Detoxification is often the first level of care when you’re ready to get addiction treatment. While Crestview Recovery doesn’t provide detox, we work closely with local detox facilities we trust. They will help you with the symptoms of withdrawal and get you stable enough to begin the treatment process. Detoxification can be medical as well as holistic, depending on your preferences for the process.

Detox at a qualified facility greatly helps you during this difficult early stage of recovery. The staff at the detox facility is there to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible throughout the process. Different substances can have different symptoms of withdrawal, so you want to make sure that you’re in good hands. Depending on your substance of choice, some of the symptoms you may experience can include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Aches and pains
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms

The most dangerous part of physical dependence is the amount of stress your body is under. Additional symptoms can include irregular heartbeat, increase in blood pressure and more. Some people who are ending addictions to alcohol or benzodiazepines are also at risk of seizures. This is why you should have a medical staff near you throughout your detoxification.

Transitioning to Treatment

Once detox is complete, you can begin treatment at Crestview Recovery here in Portland, Oregon. We’ll provide you with various types of addiction therapy services to help you learn how to overcome addiction. Through individual and group therapy, you’ll begin to get some answers as to why you haven’t been able to stop. Understanding and surrendering to the fact that you suffer from addiction is just the first step on the road to recovery.

Through therapy, you’ll find out what triggers your cravings to use so we can begin to work on the root problems. Crestview Recovery specializes in dual diagnosis treatment as well since addiction is often a result of mental illness. One of your biggest triggers may be your symptoms of anxiety, depression or another disorder. We’re here to help you identify these symptoms and learn how to work through them.

Give Crestview Recovery a call today at 866.262.0531 to verify your insurance.