What is Withdrawal and How Long Does it Last?

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What Is Withdrawal And How Long Does It Last?

A withdrawal occurs when you stop using the substance your body has become dependent on

Long-term drug and alcohol use means your body very likely becomes dependent on the substance. A withdrawal may occur when you begin to taper off of the drug, or if you stop the use of the drug immediately. A withdrawal includes the physical and psychological symptoms that you may feel as your body detoxifies itself. Because you have stopped using the substance, your brain releases neurotransmitters telling your body that you are craving the substance. 

Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the type of drug; length of withdrawals also vary

The withdrawal symptoms that you may be experiencing can vary depending on the type of drug you’ve used and also how long your body had become dependent on the drug. These symptoms can go from mild and a nuisance, to long-lasting and life-threatening. According to American Addiction Centers, here are the four major classes of drugs and the withdrawal symptoms associated with them:

  • Heroin and prescription painkillers: flu-like symptoms lasting an average of 5 days
  • Benzodiazepines: anxiety and/or seizures lasting weeks or (in some cases) months
  • Cocaine: depression and restlessness lasting 7-10 days
  • Alcohol: tremors and/or seizures lasting three days to several weeks

Dealing with your withdrawal symptoms

Depending on the length and severity of your addiction, your withdrawal symptoms may last from days to months. Because of this, you will need to learn to cope with your withdrawal symptoms. Reaching out to a treatment center like Pinnacle Recovery is a great step. In order to help you deal with your withdrawal symptoms, we employ a trained and experienced staff that can help you learn to manage your withdrawal symptoms. Our staff can lead you through AA programs and alternatives, experiential therapy, dual diagnosis, family therapy, and co-occurring addictions. 

Treating a withdrawal is not treating the addiction

There are ways to treat a withdrawal. Medications may be used to lighten the symptoms of the withdrawal. This however, does not treat the underlying addiction. You must admit that you need help for your addiction. If you just simply treat the symptoms of the withdrawal, you will be right back to using once you experience a trigger. You must be willing to work on the underlying issues, learn to deal with the triggers in a better way, and stick to the path of recovery. 

If you’re struggling with withdrawal symptoms and are stumbling along your sobriety and recovery path, reach out to Pinnacle Recovery today. Our trained and experienced staff is here to help you get through these withdrawal symptoms and stick to sobriety. Call us today at 1-866-301-0573.

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