There are some drugs that, once a person stops taking them, can cause serious and dangerous withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms can be the reason many addicts do not continue with abstinence. It is vital that a person seeks medical assistance while going through the process of allowing all drugs to leave the body and help the body adapt to normal functioning without substances.
What is addiction drug detox?
Detoxification or ‘detox’ is a medically assisted process of either removing drugs from the body gradually or completely. Thus, managing the withdrawal symptoms which arise as a result of the body trying to cope without the drugs they became accustomed. Flushing out and cleansing the body of harmful drugs is a tough but necessary part of addiction recovery. The detox symptoms can be severe and frightening for the person as they gradually or suddenly stop taking the drugs which the body had adapted to over the course of the addiction.
The process of withdrawal and detoxing the body from a substance can be difficult and dangerous. The Beachcomber has been working in the community of Delray Beach, Florida for decades helping patients work through withdrawal and detox. If there are any complications during the detox process, we have medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and therapists available at all times. Assistance is available throughout the day and night, seven days a week, to provide practical and emotional support during this time. We understand that withdrawal and detox is one of the first and toughest steps you can take toward sobriety.
What are the signs or symptoms of withdrawal from drug addiction?
The most severe withdrawal symptoms arise from abstaining from prescription medications, opiates and crack cocaine; but other drugs can still produce unmanageable withdrawal effects. The type of symptoms a person will experience will depend on the type of drug they abuse and the severity of the addiction.
Most common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Intense cravings for the drug
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Heavy cold sweats
- Cramps, muscle and bone pain
- Depression, anxiety and anger
- Inability to sleep or insomnia
Serious withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Violent and abusive behavior
What can help the detoxification process?
If a person is finding the withdrawal symptoms too difficult to cope with, medical professionals may prescribe medication to help with the symptoms. This is only done in serious circumstances and the medication given to patients will not produce a ‘high’ feeling, but instead ease the pain and discomfort.
Professionals at The Beachcomber understand this can be a harrowing and incredibly challenging time. For this reason, we aim to do everything we can to make this the most comfortable and swift process as possible.