Your body needs time to heal once you stop using drugs and alcohol. The term “detox” or “detoxification” refers to this process. You might experience mild to severe symptoms for a short time. Irritability, depression, sweating, nausea, vomiting, shaking, and sometimes confusion is all common withdrawal symptoms. Seizures and seeing things that aren’t there (hallucinations) are two of the more severe withdrawal symptoms. Benzodiazepines (Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin) and alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening. If you’re thinking about quitting drinking or using drugs, talk to your doctor first.
Points to Ponder –
- Depending on the substance, how long you have been using it, and any other health conditions you may have, withdrawal can take anywhere from a few days to a week or more.
- Your body may crave the alcohol or drug during withdrawal, increasing your risk of relapsing (relapse).
- Medical withdrawal management is a very good way to deal with this risk. People do not recommend abruptly quitting alcohol and drugs.
- General withdrawal symptoms Your body eventually adapts to the increased level of substance when you use drugs or alcohol.
- Physical, emotional, and mental withdrawal symptoms result from the abrupt change in brain chemicals that occurs when you stop using the substance.
- As your tissues, organs, brain, and central nervous system regain their normal functions without alcohol or drugs, your body must adapt.
- You might experience a variety of physical and emotional symptoms during detox, some of which can be mild to severe and last for a few days to a week or longer.
Other Health Conditions –
The kind of substance you used, how long you used it, how much you used often, and any other health conditions you may have, like diabetes, depression, or high blood pressure, all affect how severe your symptoms are. General side effects of withdrawal incorporate sickness and retching, apprehension, discouragement, cerebral pains, and weighty perspiring. Visual hallucinations, also known as seeing things, seizures, and suicidal ideation are examples of more serious symptoms that pose a threat to one’s life. Strong urges to consume alcohol or drugs are called cravings. You might feel compelled to use in order to ease withdrawal symptoms. One of the most distressing withdrawal symptoms can be cravings. During your alcohol and drug detox, it’s critical to have a solid support system and treatment plan in place.