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The signs of withdrawal will be different for each person depending on the substance he or she has been abusing. Alcohol and each class of drugs has their own list of withdrawal symptoms, which can either be acute or severe, depending on the individual, the type of drug, and the length of drug use. Many detox facilities may provide medications or holistic methods to help manage some of the more severe withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal from alcohol can be one of the most dangerous. What starts off as an intense craving for the substance, can quickly progress into tremors, elevated heart rate, fever, nausea and vomiting if they do not get another drink. However, if someone is starting treatment for their alcoholism, they are going to have to endure all of the withdrawal symptoms in order to get sober and start progressing. Some of the most common symptoms include shakiness, anxiety, sweating, vomiting, and a headache. Very heavy drinkers will likely feel more severe symptoms. It can even become very dangerous to withdraw from alcohol, in which case it is recommended that a doctor administer treatment to mitigate the worst of the symptoms.
Some patients may experience episodes of psychosis. These symptoms may present themselves when the person is detoxing from drugs such as meth or alcohol. These episodes typically involve the presence of auditory, visual and tactile hallucinations. As they can be quite scary, it is important for patients to have constant medical supervision. They can also experience paranoia and other mental health episodes.
Delirium Tremens or DT’s are particularly scary and dangerous for the detoxing individual. These episodes of can start within a few days or weeks of the last drink. This disorder can alter the patient’s breathing, body temperature and hinder the circulatory system. It can also cause severely elevated heartbeat and blood pressure as well as dehydration. These episodes are so dangerous that they can be fatal.
Opiate withdrawals are also associated with agitation and anxiety. These are often the first signs to appear, followed by the more severe diarrhea and vomiting. Like alcohol, opiates belong to a special class of drugs, where cold-turkey withdrawal is very dangerous. Doctors will often have opiate addicts enter a specialized methadone clinic in order to help fight the most severe symptoms of withdrawal and stabilize the body before treatment.
There are some symptoms of withdrawal that most drugs share. These range from tension in the muscles to heart palpitations. Many people will experience a consistent tremors or difficulty breathing. Some of the most common mental symptoms include anxiety and insomnia, as well as depression or the inability to concentrate.
If you or someone you love is experiencing one or more of these withdrawal symptoms, it is time to get help now. Get professional medical help while detoxing. Call Drug Treatment Centers Louisville today at (502) 653-3503. Let them help you find a treatment center that meets all your requirements.