Most addicts dread the thought of having to deal with withdrawal symptoms. They believe that the symptoms they experience are going to be too harrowing to bear. However, this is not necessarily the case.
The severity of withdrawal symptoms depends on a number of factors. Some of the factors include:
- Type of substance abused
- How long the addict has been abusing the substance
- Amount of the substance the addict has been abusing on a regular basis
- How the substance was taken, e.g. smoked, inhaled, or injected
- Genetic makeup of the addict
Different substances have varying withdrawal symptoms. Here are some for common types of substances abused.
Alcohol is a depressant on the central nervous system. Drinking regularly forces the central nervous system to adopt and it eventually becomes accustomed to it. When the body lacks alcohol, it tries to adopt and the alcoholic experiences withdrawal symptoms.
- Noticeable shaking of the hands
- An irregular heartbeat
- Clouded mind and the inability to think clearly
- Uncontrollable sweating
Heavy drinkers are the ones most at risk of experiencing these symptoms. Heavy drinking has been defined as taking more than 8 glasses of alcohol for women per week, and 15 glasses for men per week.
Alcohol withdrawal should not be taken lightly. It can lead to a lot of complications and in some cases, it has led to death. Seek professional help from an organization that provides behavioral health services.
Heroin is one of the substances that have the most feared withdrawal symptoms. However, the symptoms are sometimes severe because of how they are perceived by the addict who is trying to quit. It has been observed that when people expect the symptoms to be intense, they find it hard to take their minds of what they are experiencing. This makes the experience much more unbearable. People are therefore encouraged to maintain a positive mindset in order to overcome the symptoms.
Just like most substances the withdrawal symptoms experienced will be determined by the amount and length of time the drug has been taken. People who use the drug intermittently may never experience any symptoms. People who have developed a tolerance for the drug are often the ones who experience these symptoms.
The severity of heroin detox may peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last time it was taken.
- Involuntary twitching and kicking
Marijuana is another drug that has some withdrawal symptoms, contrary to popular belief. However, most of its symptoms are not severe. People quitting marijuana may be doing so in order to pass a drug test for employment opportunities or to pass some form of an enrollment program. Natural drug detox can be effective for marijuana.
One of the biggest issues with detoxing from marijuana is that the THC remains in the body for months. This is because most of it is stored in fat cells. Therefore, the symptoms tend to continue until THC is completely removed from the body.
One of the things that most people experience after quitting is insomnia. This is unfortunate because some addicts may have started using the drug in order to sleep better. The recovering addict may experience sleeplessness for months to come. Anger is also common for marijuana users who are trying to remain sober.
Some substances can have serious withdrawal symptoms and the severity can vary from one person to the next. However, it is always advisable to seek professional behavioral health services to avoid any health complications. For some addicts, even alcohol withdrawal can have very serious health complications if not done under the supervision of a qualified professional.
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