Drug Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms
Drug addiction withdrawal occurs when a severe or long-term substance abuser stops taking the drugs and experiences withdrawal symptoms due to the body adjusting to functioning without them present. Drug withdrawal is more likely to happen when the user has built up a tolerance to the drugs or alcohol. Every person experiences different drug and alcohol withdrawal depending on several factors, including the type of drug used, length of drug addiction, the state of their physical and mental health, and how often and how much they were using. Drug addiction withdrawal can range from mild to severe, with life-threatening symptoms such as seizures or cardiovascular collapse. Some general withdrawal symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sweating and/or chills
- Loss of appetite
- Poor concentration
- Inability to feel pleasure
- Rapid heart rate and palpitations
- High blood pressure
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7 Ways to Manage Drug Withdrawal Symptoms
Many individuals put off stopping drug use due to fear of drug withdrawal. However, several ways to help manage mental and physical symptoms can make the withdrawal process much more manageable. Several substances cause severe physical symptoms that can be dangerous and at times deadly, including alcohol withdrawal and benzodiazepine withdrawal. It would help if you never attempted to go cold turkey with these drug and alcohol addictions. Instead, you should seek help from a medical detox from rehab centers to aid withdrawal management and safely stop using. Here are some ways to help manage drug addiction withdrawal:
1. Medication-Assisted Treatment
Several FDA-approved medications can reduce cravings, ease withdrawal symptoms, improve the effectiveness of therapy, and prevent relapse. Other medications can prevent seizures, lower blood pressure, or calm the heart to avoid medical emergencies.
2. Infrared Sauna
A dry sauna can help your body sweat out toxins from substance abuse more quickly, speeding up the withdrawal process and helping you to feel better faster.
3. IV and Oral Vitamin Therapy
Drug dependence can cause severe nutritional deficiencies, and the body relies on several vitamins to function correctly. Replenishing vitamins through IV or orally gives the body the build blocks necessary to start healing and performing without using drugs.
4. Amino Acid Therapy
By replacing amino acids through IV treatment or orally, the brain can start properly producing and regulating neurotransmitters necessary to maintain mental health. Amino acid therapy can help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression from addiction withdrawal.
Massage therapy can help relieve many withdrawal symptoms, including pain, fatigue, and muscle soreness. It can also help the body naturally release dopamine and serotonin.
6. Holistic Therapies
Holistic treatment methods such as yoga, meditation, and acupuncture can help reduce withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
7. Medical Detox Program
Clinically supervised detox is the best way to go through the withdrawal process. Medical detox includes 24/7 monitoring from medical professionals, medication-assisted treatment, and some of the other therapies mentioned above. It is much safer and more effective than attempting to detox cold turkey on your own.
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Safe Medically Assisted Drug Detox at The River Source
The River Source, with multiple locations throughout Arizona, offers safe and effective medically supervised drug and alcohol detox programs in a non-hospital setting. Our treatment programs are designed to take you through the withdrawal process comfortably and safely through our holistic approach to evidence-based treatments. Medical professionals who can administer medication-assisted treatment and offer emotional support through this challenging phase of drug dependence recovery will monitor your vitals around the clock. Every personalized treatment plan can include vitamin therapy, amino acid therapy, massage, and infrared sauna sessions. We have a full continuum of addiction treatments at our drug rehab centers for your continued addiction recovery needs.
If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, please get in touch with us today by calling 866-828-6792 to learn more about our treatment programs.