Most people start taking drugs for experimental purposes or in social situations. However, it’s very easy for occasional users to turn into abusers. Once this happens, drug addiction is only a step away. If individuals who develop addictions attempt to stop using drugs, they will experience drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
What Are Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms?
Drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms refer to the physical and sometimes mental impact that people feel when they stop taking drugs. Generally, individuals who have developed a dependency on drugs or alcohol experience these symptoms. It’s worth noting that individuals can develop an addiction to and experience withdrawal from nearly any drug. This includes prescription medicines, alcohol, and illegal drugs.
Common Symptoms of Withdrawal
People feel different symptoms of withdrawal, depending on the drugs that they’re taking. In general, however, there are a few withdrawal symptoms that are common to most drugs. These symptoms may include:
- Abdominal Pain
The intensity of symptoms also depends on how long people have been taking drugs. Since one possible result of withdrawal is death, people with addiction should seek professional help during the detox process. It’s also essential for individuals to get rehab support after detox to lessen the chances of relapse.
The Stages of Withdrawal
Besides varying levels of intensity, drug withdrawal also has different stages. People don’t usually experience the full force of withdrawal right away. Withdrawal typically starts with feeling bad as individuals come down off the high. From there, the symptoms get worse until they eventually begin to fade away.
When individuals break down and take more drugs during withdrawal, the symptoms start over the next time that they miss a dose. This is one of the reasons it’s so essential to get detox help. Accountability helps to prevent relapse.
Additionally, studies show that how people take drugs impacts the symptoms. For example, injecting drugs usually have stronger side effects than oral consumption.
Rehab Help Is Just Around the Corner at Crestview Recovery
While the steps of withdrawal and recovery are similar, many addictions plague people around the United States. We treat many of those addictions, including:
At Crestview Recovery, we focus on your rehab experience. We create a unique personal rehab plan that fits your individual needs. No two people are the same, so no rehab plans should ever be the same.
Beyond offering programs such as extended care and dual diagnosis treatment, we also provide some therapies. Some of the therapy programs that we offer include:
Trauma therapy is a type of treatment that helps people heal from the psychological effects of trauma. It can be used to treat people who have experienced traumatic events, such as child abuse, sexual assault, or military combat. Trauma therapy can also help people who have had repeated exposure to traumatic experiences, such as police officers or firefighters.
Individual therapy is a type of counseling that focuses on helping you heal from addiction. During individual therapy sessions, you will work one-on-one with a therapist to exploring the root causes of your addiction, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and build a support system to help you maintain sobriety.
Group therapy is a form of therapy that involves meeting with a group of people who are struggling with similar issues. It can be an effective treatment for addiction because it provides support, accountability, and perspective-taking. Group therapy can also help people learn new coping skills and ways of relating to others.
Family therapy is a type of counseling that helps families deal with the challenges that come with having a family member who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Family therapy can help families understand addiction, learn how to support their loved one during recovery, and develop healthy communication and coping skills.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps people change their addictive behavior by modifying the way they think and feel about it. CBT has been shown to be effective in treating many different types of addiction, including alcohol, drugs, gambling, and eating disorders.
Your Future is Waiting
We have 30 beds and enough master level therapists to give all of our clients the personal attention that they deserve. Crestview Recovery also offers rehab support for all significant drug addictions and substance abuse.
Contact us today so that we can help with your addiction treatment. Don’t let drug abuse control your life any longer. Stand up, and fight it. Call us today at 866.262.0531 for more information on our drug rehab programs.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.