Addicts who make the decision to stop using often find that it is not as simple as just putting down the drug or drink. Often, after years of abuse and dependence, the body and mind are so accustomed to the altering substance that any attempt to stop taking it results in withdrawal.
Withdrawal happens because the effects of drugs and alcohol suppress the brains production of neurotransmitters such as noradrenaline. When the substance is suddenly withheld, the brain rebounds by producing a surge of adrenaline that causes the symptoms of withdrawal.
Every withdrawal experience is different depending on the substance in question. Alcohol, opiates and tranquilizers produce significant physical withdrawals, while cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy cause little physical withdrawal but induce major emotional withdrawal. All drugs can cause sever emotional withdrawal symptoms.
Some emotional withdrawal symptoms that can occur are anxiety, restlessness, irritability insomnia, headaches, poor concentration, depression and social isolation among others. Physical withdrawals symptoms include heart palpitations, muscle tension, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, sweating and more.
Dangerous withdrawals symptoms include grand mal seizures, strokes, hallucinations, delirium tremens (DTs) and heart attack.
Because of the myriad of mild, moderate and severe withdrawal possibilities, it is generally best to detox within a clinical setting. At New Method Wellness, our health professionals specialize in drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Call 800-416-8156 today to find out more about detox and medical detox services at Sober Pacific Living of New Method Wellness.