Withdrawal Symptoms by Drug

Drug withdrawal symptoms

Drug withdrawal symptoms occur when a person who is addicted to an illicit or prescribed drug stops using the drug abruptly. Drug withdrawal is common when a patient goes through the detoxification process in order to rid the body of the drug's effects.

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Withdrawal treatment types

The first step in drug addiction rehab and recovery is detoxification, which is when drug withdrawal symptoms occur. There are several options for drug withdrawal treatment, depending your needs

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Frequently asked questions

What are withdrawal symptoms?

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  • Withdrawal symptoms occur when you rid your body of a substance. Symptoms may vary depending on which substance you are withdrawing from. Some of the more common symptoms include the chills, heavy sweats, vomiting, diarrhea.

Can I detox at home?

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  • Most withdrawal symptoms are extremely uncomfortable. Sometimes they can be lethal. Before beginning detox, you should consult a physician or a treatment provider to evaluate your needs and the risks.
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How to help an addict?

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  • Helping someone struggling with addiction usually starts with an honest conversation about your feelings and how their addiction might be impacting others. But before doing that, it’s important to take stock in the mental and emotional strain you are personally experiencing first.
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Is addiction a disease or a choice?

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  • Addiction, clinically referred to as a substance use disorder, is a complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences.
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What causes addiction?

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  • Addiction is defined as change to your behavior to support a physical dependency. For instance, you may become physically dependent upon a substance prescribed by your physician. Addiction—or Substance Use Disorder (SUD)—is the change in your behavior either to continue using the substance for the purpose it was prescribed, for a desirable side effect, or to avoid the uncomfortable effects of withdrawal associated with quitting.

How do I get help for addiction?

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  • Getting help for addiction can be achieved in three easy steps. Choosing a treatment center, speaking with an admissions team member, and going to rehab.
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