Withdrawal syndrome happens in addicted individuals who withdraw from drugs or alcohol or any other substance of abuse. This process can vary depending on the type of substance being abused. Signs and symptoms of withdrawal vary significantly for each individual and they overlap in time and duration.
Continuous use of benzos, barbiturates, and other sedatives can produce symptoms of withdrawal when stopped, similar to those of alcohol discontinuation syndrome. Opioid symptoms of withdrawal, on the other hand, may look like a severe flu-like virus. Symptoms may include lacrimation, sneezing, yawning, abdominal pain, leg cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and enlarged pupils.
Stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamine may produce other symptoms of withdrawal which resemble symptoms of depression. Symptoms such as anxiety, too much sleep, malnutrition and impaired functioning, generally occur in patients while vital functions are still preserved.
Patients who struggle with substance abuse find it hard to cope with the common symptoms of withdrawal caused by their addictive lifestyle. When these symptoms are not treated under medical supervision they may trigger a relapse. The best way to deal with these cravings is by starting new, healthier habits.
Withdrawal syndrome or discontinuation syndrome can sometimes slow down the recovery process. Drugs generally affect the patient’s ability to think clearly and show rational behavior. When addicts go through withdrawal, the brain can trick them into thinking drugs can help them escape from and cope with their problems.
Other severe symptoms can be experienced throughout withdrawal. Alcohol and sedatives, for instance, can produce a dangerous physical withdrawal. Quitting drinking or tranquilizers abruptly may cause chronic users to experience seizures and heart attacks. Medical intervention is necessary to monitor these symptoms during detox.
Withdrawal often depends on the substance abused. Some specific drugs such as cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy may cause a physical withdrawal, while others can lead the user to experience emotional symptoms. Studies in the addiction field demonstrate that people dealing with chemical dependence can recover faster when different treatment methods are used. Treatment protocols that employ only one method may not be as successful. Dial 336-231-3168 for a safe recovery. Find personalized treatment and a medically supervised environment to monitor the effects of withdrawal at Drug Treatment Centers Winston Salem.