Withdrawal symptoms are defined as physical and mental symptoms that can occur in a person who stops or reduces their consistent intake of drugs or alcohol. These can sometimes be life-threatening depending on the severity of the addiction. Medical professionals should monitor any person going through withdrawal symptoms, especially if they worsen over time.
There can be many different signs of withdrawal, \dependent on a few key factors, including:
- the type of drug being discontinued
- how much of the drug was being used
- how frequently the drug was being used
- the person’s health
Not every person’s body reacts in the same way during this period. Therefore, if you or someone you love is experiencing withdrawal symptoms, it’s essential to seek medical attention. Unmanaged withdrawals can be life-threatening because of the many complications that can arise from them. Let’s take a close look at some of the common signs that someone might experience during this time.
Sign #1: Nervousness or Anxiety
When a person who has been dependent on drugs or alcohol suddenly stops or decreases their use, this can cause a lot of mental distress. Their brains can be overflowed with different chemicals trying to reach a state of equilibrium. This rush of chemicals to the brain creates many psychiatric issues that can exhibit as a state of anxiety or nervousness.
It’s also important to note that increased anxiety and nervousness can be due to a lack of ability to use drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism.
Sign #2: Nausea and or Vomiting
These physical symptoms are a normal part of withdrawal for almost every drug and alcohol dependency. As your body begins to detox from the addiction, you may feel physically ill for the duration of the withdrawal.
Since excessive nausea and vomiting can be life-threatening, it’s essential to monitor how you or a loved one is feeling. Stay as hydrated as possible to replenish the electrolytes in your body that you are losing. Uncontrollable nausea and vomiting could result in a hospital visit where IV fluids will be administered to hydrate you until the symptoms pass.
Sign #3: Hallucinations
Another mental symptom of withdrawal is hallucinations. These don’t occur with every detox. However, it’s essential to understand that this sign is normal and will eventually pass. There are many different types of hallucinations that a person may experience during this time, which include:
- gustatory: When the person can taste something that isn’t there
- tactile: When they can feel something that isn’t there
- auditory: This involves hearing something that isn’t there
- visual: These are the most common and involve a person seeing something that is not physically there
If you or someone you love is going through withdrawal symptoms, don’t hesitate to seek professional medical help. Here at Serenity Springs, we are experienced in helping people recover from all different types of drug and alcohol addictions. Visit us online today to learn more about our intensive outpatient programs and other services that we offer.