Drugs and alcohol lead to a lot of physical changes in the body which can make it difficult to control the frequent amount of consumption and can make it a challenge to stop or reduce the drug intake.

Withdrawal is something that can happen to anyone it doesn’t matter if the substance you are using is being prescribed by a health professional or not, one’s your body gets used to this substance you are eligible to get withdrawal.

What Is Withdrawal?

Withdrawal is the sum of physical and mental effects that an individual experiences after they stop using or reduce their intake of a substance such as alcohol and prescription or recreational drugs.

When someone is using a substance with a high ability for dependency and he or she stops suddenly or abruptly or you cut down your use drastically, you can experience a variety of withdrawal signs. The intensity and time of these withdrawal signs can differ widely, depending on the type of substance and your biological make-up.

Withdrawal can be very uncomfortable and seriously dangerous in some cases. For this reason, you should always consult a health professional before stopping or reducing your use of a substance, be it prescribed or not.

Symptoms of withdrawals

Withdrawal symptoms are influenced by certain factors, depending on how long the individual has been using the drug, the quantity at which he uses it, the type of drug, the method by which the drug is been consumed, and the health condition of the individual.

There are two categories in which this symptom can be grouped,

  • Psychological symptoms

 

 

  • Depression:

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a tireless sensation of bitterness and loss of interest. Also called a major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems, and is one major problem caused by withdrawal.

 

  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating:

Individual who suffers from withdrawal finds it difficult in keeping to a task, they find it hard to concentrate.

 

  • Intense cravings for the drug:

The edges to take the drug come to mind they feel they can’t live without the drug they want it so bad they might end up hurting themself.

  • Short-term memory loss:

They tend to have memory lapses and forget things fast, they may remember over sometimes, depending on the type of drugs this sometimes tends to become a permanent effect on the individual.

  • Anxiety:

Some individuals suffering from withdrawal end up having the feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.

  • Paranoia:

Some individuals end up having an unbroken view of the whole region surrounding an observer.

  • Insomnia:

Some patients find it difficult to sleep, be it at night or during the day, they become restless.

  • Panic attacks:

Most individuals sometimes suffer an overwhelming feeling of acute and disabling anxiety, which gets them scared.

  • Confusion:

Most of them become uncertain of when is to happen, intended, or required of them.

 

  • Physical symptoms

 

  • Diarrhea:

They may end up having loose or watery stools

  • Muscle and bone pain:

 The individual may experience severe muscle and bone strain which may lead to headaches.

 

  • High temperature and/or chills:

The body of the victim becomes hot or cold, depending on the type of drug he was using before.

  • Fatigue and exhaustion:

The person becomes tired and stressed out since the body is being denied the substance that it was using too.

  • Restlessness:

The person finds it hard to get sleep since he feels uncomfortable within himself.

  • Headaches:

The individual goes through severe headaches and mental stress.

  • Heart palpitations:

Individuals may get feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart.

  • Shaking and shivering:

The body of the person may end up trembling involuntarily depending on the type of drug he or she use to be addicted to.

Ways to live with people suffering from withdrawal.

  • Provide emotional support during tough times:

We can help them by providing them with verbal encouragement to give them posted mindset.

  • Encourage proper nutrition.

To reduce mood swings good health is needed, and encourage them to eat good and nutritious foods that help them have a balanced healthy life.

  • Find healthy ways to cope with stress:

 Help your loved one manage stress by using basic techniques such as talking, exercise, or massage.

  • Minimize challenges:

Reduce their encounter with challenges and stressful conditions such as financial issues and family drama which may cause them a lot of thinking and mental stress.

  • Avoid or reduce vista from people who use drugs:

If your loved one is exposed to friends as such he may be compelled to take the easy way out which may lead him to take more drugs.

In Conclusion

When someone is using a substance with a high ability for dependency and he or she stops suddenly or abruptly or you cut down your use drastically, you can experience a variety of withdrawal signs. The intensity and time of these withdrawal signs can differ widely, depending on the type of substance and your biological make-up.

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