Detoxing from Drugs
Breaking the cycle of drug dependence is hard and even more challenging if you do it alone. Withdrawal symptoms can take a toll on individuals trying to quit.
The drug detox process is necessary to give the body a clean and fresh start. It can be an uncomfortable process, but the risks of continuing to live with substance dependence far outweigh the discomforts of drug detox.
What Is Drug Withdrawal?
Drug withdrawal is a combination of the health risks and set of symptoms that a person battling drug addiction experiences when they suddenly discontinue using or drastically reduce intake. When a person attempts to give up the addictive substance, their body goes through uncomfortable mental and physical symptoms triggered by unfulfilled cravings.
Confronting drug addiction is, in all phases, a difficult process. However, research shows that withdrawal is often the hardest part for individuals battling this addiction. Dependence on drugs puts the body in an unnatural state, whereby its functioning entirely depends on the addictive substance
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Drug Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms largely depend on the addictive substance in question and the extent of misuse.
The commonly reported drug withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Mood swings
- Nausea and frequent vomiting
- Irregular breathing
- Blood pressure changes
- Restlessness and tremors
- Stomach upsets
- Loss of appetite
- Fever and sweating
Timeline of Withdrawal Symptoms
The start and persistence of withdrawal symptoms vary across different substances, but illicit and prescription based. In most cases, though, these symptoms begin within a few hours or a few days after quitting use or drastically reducing the amount used.
Here are timelines of withdrawal symptoms for specific substances, according to research:
- Alcohol withdrawal symptoms develop within 24-72 hours after quitting or reducing intake.
- Opiate Withdrawal symptoms start a few hours or within three days after last use. The same is true for heroin withdrawal symptoms.
- Benzodiazepines withdrawal symptoms set in less than 24 hours after quitting or dose reduction
- Amphetamine withdrawal symptoms start 24 hours and may last for seven days.
- Cocaine withdrawal symptoms kick in within 24 hours and may persist for 10 weeks.
- Crack cocaine withdrawal symptoms are similar to cocaine but may feel more intense.
- Cannabis withdrawal symptoms are psychological in nature and typically mild but may persist for days.
How Long Does a Drug Detox Last?
The entire process may take 7 – 14 days. The withdrawal timeframe depends on these few factors:
- The type of drug and addiction history
- Whether more than one substance was abused during the same period
- The patient’s overall health history
Withdrawal symptoms may persist for much longer than the initial withdrawal phase, some of these symptoms may be psychological in nature and may be linked to the presence of a substance use disorder (drug addiction). Treating both dependence and addiction may be the necessary approach to reduce the likelihood of relapse.
Before you commit to a detox, we recommend speaking with a medical professional to ensure it is safe to do so. Detoxing without proper support can be dangerous, and in some cases even fatal.
How we Can Help
Our highly qualified addiction treatment specialists are equipped to manage withdrawal symptoms for all substances. Regardless of how dependent you are, our approach to detoxification is safe, comfortable and highly customised to your specific needs. Our evidence-based detox programme guarantees safe withdrawal.