Withdrawal From Drugs – Alcohol Treatment

Addiction Withdrawal

Many people do not understand why it is so hard for their loved ones or their friends to stop the vicious cycle of addiction. They can’t see why the addict doesn’t just stop. It seems that after all the damage and the heartache they have caused that they are just being selfish and inconsiderate by continuing to do exactly what has led them down this path of destruction. Most people don’t understand the addiction withdrawal symptoms.

The truth is that drugs or alcohol have taken a hold of the person and they are truly not themselves. They no longer have the reasoning ability that it takes to be able to see the difference between right and wrong. They are completely taken over by the drug or alcohol and their brains and bodies have become convinced that getting high or drunk is completely the right thing to do.

When good things happen for us, such as winning a sports game, getting a promotion, completing a well done project, or any sort of achievement, certain chemicals are released in our brains that make us feel good and tell us to strive for more of these feelings. When we take drugs or alcohol, these same chemicals are released, telling us “This is good, keep doing this.”

Once a user has reached a certain point, these receptors become damaged, and without the drug or alcohol, they need the substance just to feel normal. They no longer are able to feel good about achievements or positive things in their life, and rather than go through life completely depressed and miserable, they turn to their substance to be able to cope. If the user does decide to quit, he knows he is facing a painful and possibly deadly withdrawal.

The pain of seeing their loved ones suffer or ruining their own lives, takes a back seat to the pain they know they will feel if they quit the drugs or alcohol. Their brains and bodies have been altered and this is where addiction sets in.


Addiction Withdrawal

Addiction and alcoholism are difficult for the average person to fully understand.  An estimated 85% of the households in America are directly affected by drugs or alcohol in some capacity. What that means is a high percentage of the population is affected by someone using but, has no idea how to help them.

Many addicts and alcoholics will play on this, they will dramatize the effects of withdrawal to the extreme so, and their loved ones will aid them in the continuance of their addiction. Family and friends will pay an addicts bills, give them their own prescription medications, buy their food, clean up behind them, drive them to “score” or buy alcohol and even fund their drugs or alcohol in order to keep them from experiencing withdrawal symptoms. In a nutshell, many family members and loved one will do most anything to protect the addicted individual from going into withdrawal.

Withdrawal Symptoms

The following are some of the more common drugs used in today’s society and the withdrawal symptoms commonly associated with them:

•         Opiate Withdrawal – This category of drugs includes heroin, morphine, codeine, Oxycontin, Dilaudid, methadone and still others. The withdrawal symptoms are all very similar and may include one or any number of the following:  agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, increased tearing, insomnia, runny nose, sweating and yawning. These symptoms may also include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, dilated pupils, goose bumps, nausea and vomiting.

•         Cocaine Withdrawal – This can be either crack or powder form cocaine. Though cocaine manifests no physical withdrawal symptoms like vomiting or shaking as that of opiate withdrawal, it may cause any of the following symptoms: fatigue, lack of pleasure, anxiety, irritability, sleepiness, and sometimes agitation or even extreme suspicion.

•         Alcohol Withdrawal – Alcohol can be one of the most danger withdrawals, amounts consumed and length of use factor in to determine the severity. Withdrawal symptoms may include any of the following; anxiety, depression, irritability, fatigue, difficulty thinking clearly, headaches, vomiting, insomnia, rapid heart rate and increased blood pressure. Additionally, symptoms may include tremors (commonly referred to as the “shakes”), some involuntary movement of the eyes. The most severe of alcohol symptoms may be hallucinations, fever, convulsions and black outs.

•         Benzodiazapene Withdrawal – Withdrawal symptoms may include anxiety, irritability, insomnia, and most severe cases, it may cause schizophrenia or seizures.

•         Methamphetamine Withdrawal – Methamphetamine is a form of speed or amphetamine. Withdrawal symptoms are not unlike those from cocaine withdrawal; they include anxiety, irritability, sleepiness and very often agitation and decreased appetite.

The truth is that most drugs are withdrawn from much more easily than commonly thought. There are various concepts on the methods that are the best and the safest. Most rehab centers, unfortunately, believe in a substitution drug therapy. The substitution drug is administered in order to wean the individual down and eventually off the drug of choice. This simply promotes another withdrawal for the individual and at times the substitution drug withdrawal symptoms are far worse than the original drug withdrawal.  There are times when it is not safe to withdraw a person without the aid of another medication but, these cases are the minority. The only safe route of administration of a substitution drug withdrawal is in the confines of a medical detox facility under the close supervision of qualified medical personnel.

Drug withdrawal can produce such severe effects that it becomes almost impossible to the person to quit using. Once someone gets over the withdrawal barrier drug cravings can set in and cause additional problems. The solution is to get into a program that handles withdrawal and also provides a full rehabilitation method that handles both the mental and physical aspects of the problem.

The Narconon program has successfully handled withdrawal since the 1960’s and the treatment program has more than a 70% success rate for permanent sobriety.

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