Withdrawal and addiction are two different worlds! Addiction can affect anyone and at any time. Lots of people are addicted to smoking, drinking, drugs and even medications. The moment a person stops (or even decides to stop) an addiction, the body triggers reactions. These reactions can be crazy and extremely difficult to handle.
Before you understand how to handle withdrawal, you must be aware of what addiction does to your body.
By definition, addiction is the process of misusing or overusing a substance. Likewise, a person is addicted if he/she cannot survive without a substance. As mentioned previously, a person can be addicted to many things.
Withdrawal symptoms can be categorized into three different types: physical, emotional and dangerous.
Physical withdrawal will alter your body. Common physical withdrawal symptoms are:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Unexpected muscle tension or spasm
- Difficulty in breathing
- Tightness and sensation near the chest
- Diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea
These symptoms differ from one person and another. Regardless of your addiction, you are bound to face one of these symptoms. The severity of physical symptoms depends on many factors. A few common factors are:
- How many years have you been addicted?
- Are you addicted to multiple habits?
- How old are you?
- Are you healthy? Do you follow a healthy lifestyle?
- What are you addicted to?
Emotional Withdrawal Symptoms
In addition to physical withdrawal symptoms, you are very likely to experience the following emotional problems:
- Troubles in concentration
- Social isolation
When compared to physical symptoms, the emotional ones are harder to express and recover from. It may take months (possibly even years) to recover from emotional withdrawal symptoms.
Dangerous Withdrawal Symptoms
Tranquilizers and alcohol cause serious physical and emotional reactions. Do you know that withdrawal from tranquilizers and alcohol can result in seizures and even stroke? Some high risk patients experience cardiovascular problems.
You must approach a doctor for safe withdrawal from alcohol and tranquilizers. Dangerous symptoms caused due to withdrawal are:
- Heart attacks
- Delirium tremens
- Grand mal seizures
Drugs like OxyContin and heroin are two dangerous drugs. Withdrawal from these drugs can be both uncomfortable and risky. The risk factor increases when you combine them with other drugs. For example, withdrawal from heroin doesn’t cause seizures, heart disorders or stroke. But, if you are used to combining heroin with other drugs and alcohol, you are bound to face serious side effects.
The first stage of withdrawing from a drug is known as the Acute stage. This stage can last for few weeks. The next stage is known as the “Post-Acute” Stage. The Post-Acute Stage is known for its complications. More than 40% of people return to their addiction at this stage.
On the whole, addictions can be treated and they must be treated! If you are planning to withdraw from an addiction, you must begin treatment with a trained physician and lots of hope! The journey will not be easy, but it is not impossible.