One thing that people addicted to drugs understand quite well is what happens when they do not have their drug of choice anymore. This has caused many to do things they may have not otherwise done to get more drugs. This is just one component of the vicious cycle of addiction. Coming down from drugs is one subject that most people suffering from addiction will try to avoid. Every drug brings about some uncomfortable symptoms when it is discontinued in the body of someone that is addicted. Sometimes the symptoms can be more mental than physical in nature but there are also times when they can be severe or even life threatening. These factors are all based on the type of drug, how long it was used for, and how often is was used.
Mild drug withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, headaches, the shakes, and stomach cramps. More severe symptoms can include the previous symptoms mentioned along with fever, racing heart and pulse, perspiration, difficulty breathing, and even hallucinations and seizures.
Professional help is available to help people suffering from withdrawal and the good news is that this process does not have to be uncomfortable. The first phase in recovery is admitting that there is a problem and that help is necessary. The second phase is coming off of the drugs. Until the drugs are gone from the body no progress can be made to advance through recovery.
It would be ideal to get help from a facility that offers personalized care for your specific situation. This allows for the most comfortable and uncomplicated detox possible. There are several medications that can be administered during detox that make the withdrawal symptoms very bearable. The amount of time that a patient will remain in detox also varies according to their personal situation.
If someone is addicted to cocaine the withdrawal symptoms are not generally physically manifested as much as mentally. Patients are generally paranoid, anxious, irritable, and lack the ability to sleep. The crystal meth come down is more psychological than physical and is very similar to those experienced by cocaine users but often more severe. One of the worst problems is the overwhelming craving for more cocaine. This is unlike someone that is coming down from heroin or another opiate such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, or Percocet.
Opiate withdrawal is much more complicated and intense. Without professional help one would experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, headaches, the shakes, and stomach cramps, fever, racing heart and pulse, perspiration, difficulty breathing, and even hallucinations and seizures. Fortunately, medical professionals can make sure that withdrawal process never comes to this.
There is no longer a reason to fear drug withdrawal. It does not have to be dreaded or uncomfortable. When you reach out for professional help you will receive a treatment plan that is geared for lifelong success, sobriety, and happiness.
This article was contributed by Cheryl Hinneburg, who writes web content for KLEAN Treatment Center in Los Angeles CA. KLEAN specializes in offering dual diagnosis drug and alcohol treatment. Cheryl is currently pursuing her MS in Substance Abuse Counseling.