Drug Withdrawal

Drug withdrawal, depending on the drug, can be deadly so drug withdrawal should be taken very seriously. Drug withdrawal is a collection of physical and mental symptoms that are felt when the drug of abuse is stopped. The length of time drug withdrawal symptoms are felt depends on the type of drug and amount of tolerance developed. Physical drug withdrawal symptoms often include restlessness, pain, insomnia and vomiting. Mental drug withdrawal symptoms include depression, anxiety and uncontrollable thoughts and impulses.

Because the mind and body have adapted to the drug through addiction, drug withdrawal is a very painful process as this adaptation is reversed. The drug withdrawal symptoms are so severe with sedatives, alcohol and barbiturates that drug withdrawal should be treated under the care of a doctor. This is to ensure that the withdrawal symptoms don't lead to seizures, heart failure or respiratory failure and death. Drug withdrawal symptoms are eased over a course of several days with prescription medications, fluid replenishment and vitamin treatments to begin restoring the bodies health.

Drug addiction causes physical changes in the body and mind as new pathways for information develop that include the drug. Taking the drug away causes these new pathways to crave and cause pain when the drug is not available and is the reason why addicts crave and relapse back to using so easily.

Nor is completing drug withdrawal sufficient enough treatment. New behaviors must be learned to continue successful sobriety and that is why continued therapy in a drug rehabilitation center is so important. Just make sure you choose one with a doctor on staff who can supervise drug withdrawal in a licensed medical facility.



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