Drug Withdrawal

Man suffering from withdrawal

Many people struggling with drug dependency lose everything to their addiction, but there is help available and there is a life after addiction. You can get your life back and be very successful at it. You can get your family’s trust back and establish new relationships with people that will help you to improve all aspects of your life.

When quitting the use of drugs or drinking alcohol, a person will go through many reactions, one of those things being the withdrawal process and the physical and emotional struggle that comes from it. There is a chance of going through depression while withdrawing. There may be many feelings that you numbed, and you pushed deep down inside you. These feelings and emotions are not gone, but are hidden deep inside and wanting to get out.

It’s always best to seek professional help from a doctor or qualified professional when going through withdrawal because some drugs can be dangerous to withdraw from.

When I was using I could feel the withdrawal symptoms even before I ran out of pills. Those were real symptoms to me and the fear of going through withdrawal made me not want to stop popping pills. I reached out and got professional help when I decided to get clean, because I had tried to stop so many times that I knew I couldn’t do it alone. I hated my life back then. Because it revolved around drugs and alcohol, I was dead in all aspects of my life. I lost my family’s trust and isolated myself to a dark life that was surrounded by the worst people and a downhill future that was going to lead me to death or prison.

When a person uses drugs he becomes physically and emotionally dependent on that substance. The user needs the drug to get through the day in an attempt to function and be normal. When stopping the drug, the body will try to adjust to function without the substance and this can shock the body and mind, which is when the user can start to have intense symptoms.

Here are some symptoms that can occur when trying to detox from any substance:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Sleep Difficulties
  • Nausea, Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Body Aches
  • Mood Swings
  • Low Energy and Irritability

The withdrawal process can be overwhelming and scary, so it’s best to seek professional help, to both manage the withdrawal symptoms and address the underlying causes of addiction. Without discovering why you were using in the first place, withdrawal can become a pattern. It’s important to realize there is a lot of inaccurate information about addiction so finding a treatment center is nearly always your best option.

Assists with drug withdrawal

In my opinion, you should get help from people who know how to deal with recovering from addiction and who know how to handle the withdrawal process. It takes a lot of work to get off drugs and there are special ways to handle it. With the help of the staff, I was able to fight my way through and finish the program, but it was a lot of work and it was so bad that many times I wanted to quit.

It’s easy to get the wrong advice from the internet. Some solutions to ease the pain of withdrawal can lead to a lifetime of replacement drugs without ever uncovering the reasons you began to use in the first place. Stopping cold turkey often leads to relapse and in some cases can be dangerous without medical support. Finding a treatment center that is going to help you along the way is critical to a successful recovery and can help guide you through the withdrawal process.

Once the user finishes the withdrawal process he will experience great relief, with his appetite back, sleep time back to normal, and starting to enjoy the things lost interest in during addiction. The person will start to see things as they are and they will experience life as it should be.

Withdrawing from your DOC (drug of choice) is just the first step, but know that you are on the right path and making the right decision to continue. Keep it up and don’t quit. It’s time to make a change in your life and be the best version of yourself that you can be.


AUTHOR

Heni Azzam

Heni earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Video Production from the Art Institute of Houston and went on to work in the media for 16 years, eventually becoming an Operations Manager for a television station. Having witnessed the harm that drugs and alcohol wreak on people’s lives, he is now utilizing his skills to spread awareness about drug and alcohol addiction and to bring hope to families and individuals who are battling addiction.

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DRUG EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION