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Withdrawal From Drugs – Alcohol Treatment

Withdrawal Symptoms

What is Withdrawal?

Withdrawal is when someone ingests drugs for so long their body develops a dependency to that drug, and when they stop taking that drug they start to have different reactions. What happens is that once a person’s body gets dependent on drugs, it gets used to having those chemicals in the system, and when a person stops taking them, the body doesn’t get those chemicals anymore so it goes into a sort of shock. This is where withdrawal comes in to play. Different drugs have different withdrawal symptoms. A lot of it can depend on what you’re using and how long you have been using it.

As stated previously, different drugs produce different withdrawal symptoms. There are some that cause such severe symptoms that a person has to be taken off them with additional drug and medical supervision.


Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant drug that causes users to experience some withdrawal effects.

Cocaine withdrawal can occur when a person has been using cocaine for a while and then stops using it. When a person uses cocaine for so long their body can start to get dependant on it, but most of cocaine withdrawal is mental.  When someone uses cocaine, the drug goes into the brain and modifies the natural reward system set up there. The brain is getting a chemical duplicate of the natural chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins that the brain makes, through the drug. Once a person comes off cocaine, the brain does not immediately start making the natural reward chemicals so a person will feel withdrawal symptoms. It actually takes 30 days or more for the brain to start producing the natural chemicals at the rate it did before drug use. Therefore cocaine withdrawal does cause the user to feel uncomfortable and causes the person to have the extreme urge to take more and more of the drug.

Some other cocaine withdrawal symptoms include:

•         Cravings for cocaine
•         Depression
•         Anxiety
•         Hefty appetite
•         Extreme tiredness
•         Lack of motivation
•         Nightmares
•         Irritability

Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin is an opiate, that is extracted from the seed of the opium poppy plant and it is synthesized from morphine. The drug can be be snorted, smoked, or injected; all of the forms of ingestion deliver the drug to the brain very rapidly.

Just like any other drug when you stop using heroin you are going to have withdrawal symptoms. However with heroin the withdrawal symptoms can be very severe. Those using heroin become physically addicted to the drug and will get sick if they stop using it. There are early and late symptoms that occur when you withdrawal from heroin, these symptoms are also pretty much the same as the symptoms for any other opiate.

Early Symptoms:

•         Increased perspiration
•         Insomnia
•         Muscle cramps
•         Anxiety
•         Irritability
•         Nasal drainage
•         Agitation

Late Symptoms:

•         Abdominal cramps
•         Vomiting
•         Nausea
•         Chills
•         Diarrhea
•         Dilated pupils


Methamphetamine Withdrawal

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that is very addictive. Many use it by injecting it, smoking it or snorting it. When someone is high on methamphetamine, they are not able to sleep and have a loss of appetite. Methamphetamine withdrawal is uncomfortable but not life threatening to the user. The person will, however, experience several different symptoms when coming off methamphetamine.

These include:

•         Severe cravings
•         Depression
•         Agitation
•         Irritability
•         Anxiety
•         Cramps
•         Restlessness
•         Confusion

Prescription Withdrawal

Those coming off of prescription medication can also experience mild to severe withdrawal symptoms. With prescription pain medications like Oxy Contin or Vicoden these symptoms can become life threatening. This also goes for psychoactive drugs like Xanax.

Some of the drug withdrawal effects of prescription drugs include:

•    Anxiety
•    Seizure
•    Clammy Hands
•    Chills
•    Sweating
•    Vomiting
•    Nausea
•    Muscle Pain
•    Lower Back Pain
•    Anger
•    Depression
•    Suicidal Thoughts
•    Confusion
•    Paranoia

The above listed are examples of how different drugs work, and what could happen in the withdrawal phase with these drugs.

There is no limit to the depravity addiction can cause a person to experience. It doesn’t matter what a person’s background is. They can be from a wealthy and very supportive family, or even a hard working middle class family that goes to church and is very devoted to God. Addiction does not discriminate.

More and more people all over the globe are feeling the effects of drug and alcohol addiction.  A lot of people think that they can just try drugs or alcohol and have fun with it. They have the attitude that it will never happen to me. I will be in control and I can stop whenever I want to. They have no idea about the painful withdrawal symptoms they will experience one day.

For more information call 800-468-6933.

References:
www.nida.nih.gov
www.nlm.nih.gov
www.drugabuse.gov
www.methcaucus.larsen.house.gov

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