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Addiction: Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

Addiction: Drug Withdrawal Symptoms (Doyles Town, PA)

The pathway to recovery from substance abuse always begins with halting drug use. However, many substance abusers that have tried and failed to stop their addictive behavior will tell you that drug withdrawal is the primary reason they relapse. At the same time, not all withdrawals are created equal. For some unfortunate addicts withdrawal symptoms have even proven fatal. The variable that makes drug withdrawal potentially risky is that it is unpredictable. Drug withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe and is ultimately, a very personal experience.

In more serious situations, and again based on the individual, Drug withdrawal can ignite symptoms such as seizures, heart or organ failure, severe diarrhea and vomiting, as well as pulmonary complications. No matter which type of addiction withdrawal you are contemplating, addiction experts agree that it should be done cautiously and preferably under medical supervision to mitigate the health risks. In other words, do not attempt withdrawal from a chemical substance without some form of assistance.

Here are three reasons to get help:

  1. Volatility - Withdrawal symptoms can differ based on the duration and type of addiction as well as the overall health of the person going through drug withdrawal. Some opiate withdrawal can induce psychosis which is a sense of hopelessness that often leads to impulsive actions such as suicide. Because of the unpredictable nature of drug withdrawal, it is unsafe to begin any form of drug detox program alone and without having some knowledge of the potential risks involved. These can vary widely depending on the drug you are trying to eliminate from your body.
  1. Death Potential – Withdrawal from drugs that contain a mix of toxic substances can be extremely dangerous. Risky health conditions that require medical supervision can result in death if it is not readily available. Safe drug withdrawal can take place in a hospital, a drug rehab facility or in the comfort of your home with a concerned, knowledgeable health professional present. The point is to be able to get help if and when it is needed.
  1. Recidivism – Unpleasant or uncomfortable withdrawal episodes often cause a relapse. The pain of withdrawal can drive well-meaning addicts right back to the substance they are trying to give up. Medically monitored detox programs provide alternate treatment to alleviate the cravings while the body is eliminating the addictive substance.

Most long term addicts need experienced support in a medically equipped facility to successfully complete the withdrawal process. Doylestown Drug Treatment and Rehab Centers provides people with assistance finding drug treatment centers to choose from. Call (215) 383-2668 for more information.

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