When it comes to drug addiction and substance abuse problems, very few people have a full understanding of the physical and mental effects that addiction has. Also, few people understand alcohol and drug withdrawal and the trouble it can cause when a person attempts to overcome their addiction.
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Alcohol and drug withdrawal is the reaction, both mental and physical, that a person will have when they do not continue to consume a drug they are addicted or chemically dependent to. They occur either when a person attempts to quit using the drug or alcohol during the recovery process, or when a person who has developed an addiction is unable to use the drug within a certain amount of time.
Withdrawal occurs primarily because when a person becomes chemically dependent upon a drug, the internal chemistry of their body changes. When these changes occur, the body is no longer capable of performing certain functions without a chemical signal from the drug they are addicted to. For example, dopamine is a chemical released in the body that makes a person feel pleasure. Some drugs such as alcohol, trigger the release of that chemical. With prolonged abuse of the drug, the body no longer recalls how to release the chemical without the drug trigger.
The symptoms of withdrawal from drugs and alcohol are not necessarily universal. Each drug a person can develop an addiction to will cause them to feel different symptoms of withdrawal.
Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and even life-threatening at times. On the other hand, when some people go through withdrawals, they only experience minor symptoms. The catch is, of course, that there is no way to tell ahead of time which people will experience which symptoms. Because of this, the safest bet is to assume that all drug and alcohol withdrawals are serious.
Medical detoxification is the process of getting a drug or alcohol out of the addicted person’s system and dealing with the withdrawals that occur as a result. Many people make the mistake of trying to go through this process at home alone without any treatment or medical care. The majority of these people succumb to their withdrawal symptoms and resume drug use in the middle of the process.
This back-and-forth of withdrawals and relapses can actually make withdrawals worse each time it occurs and may make the detox process more dangerous. As such the detox and withdrawal process should be treated in a medical detox facility.
In a medical detox facility, a team of doctors and nurses will oversee the detox and withdrawal process and provide treatments and interventions as needed. In some cases this may be as simple as monitoring and preventing relapse. In others, they may administer IV fluids to prevent dehydration when the person experiences periods of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
And in some, they may administer prescription medications to help the recovering addict’s body be weaned off of the drug rather than quit cold turkey. These weaning drugs also reduce the severity and prevalence of withdrawal symptoms in many cases. Some of these treatments include:
These drugs must be given in specific doses and at precise moments in the detox process to be effective at helping treat withdrawals and making the process more manageable. Because of this, it is never recommended that a patient try using them at home to curb withdrawals or attempt to detox.
While alcohol and drug withdrawal can be difficult, with the help of Drug Treatment Centers Milford, it can be manageable and you can overcome it. Call us today at (203) 713-2573.
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