Alcohol and drug withdrawal can be traumatic experiences for people who suddenly quit taking drink or drugs. The term “withdrawal” alludes to the physical and mental changes that occur in the body as the toxic substance is disappearing from the bloodstream, and in the immediate aftermath. The body can go into a state of chaos, with the most pronounced symptoms in most cases occurring between 12 and 72 hours after quitting the substance, although severe symptoms can continue for much longer than this.
Seek medical attention at a reputable drug treatment center if you are currently experiencing alcohol and drug withdrawal. For more information, contact Drug Treatment Centers Bridgeport at (203) 612-9630.
The symptoms are so severe in many cases that alcohol and drug withdrawal is best done in a controlled environment, such as a drug treatment center. People with very high consumption levels are most prone to serious consequences arising from withdrawal, and they will benefit most from professionally supervised alcohol and drug withdrawal.
The severity of these can vary and depends on the quantities of the addictive substance addicts are taking at the time of quitting, the length of time they have been abusing the substance, and their general physical and mental condition. There are common symptoms shared across different addictive substances. Here are some examples of withdrawal symptoms and treatments for commonly abused substances.
Alcohol is a widely accepted drug, making addiction to this substance difficult to recognize and treat. Alcoholism affects a large portion of the population, many of whom will not seek treatment.
Withdrawal from alcohol can produce extremely severe symptoms. These include:
Delirium tremens (DT) incorporates many of these in severe form, accompanied by uncontrollable shaking. DT is a serious condition, and around 5% of people with DT will die. The use of benzodiazepines reduces the intensity of withdrawal, and can prevent the onset of DT.
Heroin, Methadone and Other Opiates
Heroin is a widely abused opiate, and its use is on the increase. It is an illegal drug derived from the opium poppy and one of the most highly addictive substances known. Despite its addictiveness, withdrawal from heroin is not life-threatening.
Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:
Methadone is sometimes prescribed as a replacement for heroin, but it is also highly addictive, and other drugs like Buprenorphine or Suboxone may be used instead. Treatment for methadone addiction often relies on long-term maintenance during which the dosage of the drug will be gradually reduced.
Buprenorphine is an effective drug for easing people through opiate withdrawal, and it may also reduce the duration of withdrawal symptoms. The drug may be offered as a long-term maintenance option.
Meth can refer to methadone, but most often means methamphetamine. Withdrawal from methamphetamine may cause:
Detox medications may include antidepressants or benzodiazepines.
The principal aim behind all rehab and detoxification treatment programs is to get addicts off alcohol or drugs and to provide them with techniques that help them build the mental strength they need to stay sober and clean. Treatment that does not address both the physical and mental dependence on alcohol or drugs is bound to result in failure.
Another important factor in effective treatment is having the flexibility to treat each patient as an individual, and tailor programs to that individual. There is no magic formula or perfect solution for addiction treatment. The best treatments are the ones that can be adapted for individual circumstances.
Drug treatment centers provide help for addicts who are experiencing withdrawal. Detox and therapy can help these patients through the hardest parts of withdrawal and get them on track for sobriety. To learn more about rehabilitation and detox, contact Drug Treatment Centers Bridgeport at (203) 612-9630.