drug addiction withdrawal

Anyone who becomes addicted to drugs is likely to suffer from withdrawal symptoms at some point in their life. The withdrawal symptoms occur when the body and the brain react adversely to the lack of a particular drug in the system. The body becomes habituated to these drugs, so when it is no longer present, adverse reactions (the withdrawal symptoms) occur.

Withdrawal symptoms occur during the following conditions: cocaine addiction, heroin addiction, crystal meth addiction, marijuana addiction, opiate addiction (such as Vicodin and OxyContin) and other substance abuse cases.

Who Suffers from Withdrawal Symptoms?

Any individual who has become addicted to a narcotic can fall victim to withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms occur either in a supervised detox program (when the individual has made the conscious choice to receive addiction treatment) or in the midst of an addiction, when the individual is searching for their next dose of the drug in question.

Withdrawal symptoms effect both men and women as well as the young and the elderly. How an individual “deals” with their withdrawal symptoms is determined by their mental state, physical condition and genetic makeup. For these reasons, no two sets of withdrawal symptoms are alike, and each must be treated by a medical professional on a case-by-case basis.

What are the Most Common Symptoms?

Withdrawal symptoms come in two primary forms – emotional and physical. And across the wide spectrum of drug use, there are literally hundreds of different symptoms that an individual may experience when they stop taking a drug. The following represent some of the most common symptoms -many of which appear across different drugs.

Emotional Symptoms
Physical Symptoms
  • Extended periods of depression
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Volatile mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chills and sweats
  • Cramps and muscle aches/pains
  • Sleeplessness
  • Runny nose or fever

How Long Do Symptoms Last?

Every drug addiction case is different, and so too is the length of withdrawal symptoms experienced by the individual. Most people will enter into drug detox and go through withdrawal that lasts between three to five days. In the case of individuals with a very serious drug addiction, withdrawal symptoms can last for one or two weeks.

How Serious are Drug-related Withdrawal Symptoms?

While few withdrawal symptoms can technically be defined as “life-threatening”, they still cause significant discomfort for the individual and can lead to more serious consequences, including relapse into drug use or suicidal thoughts.

Michael’s House is a residential addiction treatment facility in Palm Springs, California that can help the individual get through the pain of withdrawal and so much more. The expert counselors at Michael’s House work very closely with every patient to insure that they receive the proper treatment for their addiction as well as customized strategies for moving forward with a drug-free life.

Contact Michael’s House today at 1-877-345-8494 for more information.