The successful navigation through withdrawal is the first step in a drug-free life. Learn more about withdrawal by reading these articles.
The seriousness of withdrawal symptoms depend on the intensity and duration of the addict’s use of the substance. A casual user might experience only minor symptoms, while a long-term heavy user will experience much more painful symptoms.
Withdrawal from drugs &/or alcohol results in both physical discomfort and symptoms of depression. Some medications are available to mitigate the physical symptoms, and detox in a partial hospitalization program is often appropriate. Because cravings for the substance may last for awhile, support from professional treatment and family and friends is also very useful.
Tapering off a substance acclimatizes your body to smaller amounts of the drug and allow you to wean yourself off without experiencing serious withdrawals.
Untreated addiction only gets worse and worse as the brain adapts to its presence. But an addict can recover successfully. Yes, the withdrawals are difficult, painful, even miserable, but the ongoing substance abuse is worse.
If your loved one is going through withdrawal, be strong, and stand ready to help. The one you love will need your help throughout the addiction recovery process.