Drug Withdrawal

Drug withdrawal refers to the symptoms that may be experienced when a drug addict who takes drugs suddenly stops takes drugs. Drug withdrawal is usually seen in adults but also occurs in teenagers and occasionally children. Drug Withdrawal usually occurs within 6-24 hours after the last fix and may last as long as one week to 10 days. Drug Withdrawal is more likely to occur when larger quantities of drugs are used regularly and also if the person has other underlying medical conditions. Mild drug withdrawal symptoms include  loss of sleep, agitation, raised levels of anxiety and panic attacks. Other drug withdrawal symptoms include sweating and tremor. More serious drug withdrawal symptoms can happen such as actual vomiting and severe diarrhoea. The most severe and life threatening drug withdrawal symptoms are known as delirium tremens and include confusion, disorientation and visual hallucinations.

Drug withdrawal refers to a series of physical and mental symptoms that occur when a person stops using drugs abruptly or significantly reduces their dosage. It happens because the body has become dependent on the substance and is now adjusting to its absence. You might be wondering, why does this happen? Well, drugs can alter the brain’s chemistry over time, leading to dependence and addiction.

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The origins of drug withdrawal can be traced back to centuries ago. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that people recognised the symptoms of withdrawal as a specific condition. At that time, the idea that drugs could cause addiction was starting to gain recognition. Since then, advancements in medicine and psychology have greatly improved our understanding and approach to managing drug withdrawal.

The symptoms of drug withdrawal can vary depending on the substance used and the individual’s overall health. Some common withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia, sweating, tremors, nausea and even seizures. These symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe complications, highlighting the importance of seeking professional help when attempting to quit drugs.

Fortunately, in addiction recovery communities, there are various effective treatment options available to manage drug withdrawal symptoms. Medically-assisted detoxification is often the first step in overcoming addiction safely. This process involves the administration of medications under medical supervision to minimise withdrawal symptoms and ensure a smoother transition towards sobriety.

While drug withdrawal can be uncomfortable and challenging, it is a necessary phase on the path to recovery. Remember, everyone’s journey through withdrawal is unique and the intensity and duration of symptoms may differ from person to person. Seeking professional support, such as entering a rehab facility, can significantly increase your chances of successfully overcoming drug withdrawal and achieving lasting sobriety.

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    Rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

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    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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