Making the decision to seek recovery treatment for your drug or alcohol addiction is a great first step to turning your life around. You have probably heard stories from people you know who have been through the experience, and hopefully these accounts ended on a positive note. Even if you’re ready to take this crucial first step, it can be scary when you’re not sure what to expect over the next few months and it’s important to have an understanding of what the recovery process looks like. This includes the drug or alcohol withdrawal experience, which can be emotionally and physically exhausting. By preparing yourself for the journey to recovery with knowledge about what lies ahead, you stand a greater chance of success in the long run.
First, it’s important to understand the process of withdrawal. Symptoms occur when a drug or alcohol addict starts to cleanse the body of the toxic chemicals due to the effect they have on the brain’s production of neurotransmitters. When you drink or get high, the brain is forced to suppress the production of these chemicals and the subsequent lack of drugs or alcohol causes a rebound and a surge of adrenaline. This is where your cravings come from.
When it comes to withdrawal, every drug is different and every person is different. It’s very unlikely that your withdrawal experience will closely resemble the person next to you. Withdrawal can consist of physical or emotional symptoms, or both. Most drugs produce emotional withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, headaches, lack of concentration, depression and the desire for social isolation. Physical symptoms are most commonly caused by withdrawal from alcohol, opiates or tranquilizers and tend to be more severe and dangerous. They include muscle tension, chest tightness, sweating, tremors, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The most serious cases may experience seizure, heart attack, stroke, or hallucinations.
Contact Retreat today to discuss this or other drug and alcohol addiction and recovery topics. Our team is ready to assist you with your addiction to heroin, cocaine, prescription pills, alcohol and other substances. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, we are easily accessible from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and can provide transport from areas in PA, DE, MD, NJ, WV, OH and NY.