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Dealing With Withdrawal Symptoms

If you have been using a substance for a long period of time, you may find yourself dealing with some withdrawal symptoms if you are attempting to stop using the substance. This is because your body has become dependent on the substance. When your brain and body realizes that it is no longer receiving the substance, you may begin to feel some physical and psychological symptoms. Because you have either tapered off the substance or stopped using the substance completely, your brain begins to tell your body that it is craving the substance, causing the withdrawal symptoms. 

These withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on the type of substance your body is used to, the length of time you used the substance, and how much of the substance you used. Symptoms of withdrawal can be anywhere from mild and short-lived to severe and long-lasting. Here are major drug categories and the common withdrawal symptoms associated with them:

  • Alcohol
    • Anxiety
    • Clammy skin
    • Dilated pupils
    • Fatigue
    • Insomnia
    • Irritability
    • Mood swings
    • Seizures
  • Marijuana
    • Changes in appetite
    • Decreased sex drive
    • Digestion problems
    • Dizziness
    • Insomnia
    • Mood swings
    • Nausea
    • Weight loss
  • Cocaine
    • Memory loss
    • Fatigue
    • Mood swings
    • Sleep problems
    • Social isolation
    • Increased appetite
    • Paranoia
    • Nightmares
    • Seizures
  • Ecstasy
    • Aches and pains
    • Exhaustion
    • Agitation
    • Hallucinations
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
  • Opioid (early symptoms)
    • Agitation
    • Anxiety
    • Watery eyes
    • Muscle aches
    • Sweating
  • Opioid (late symptoms)
    • Abdominal cramping
    • Diarrhea
    • Dilated pupils
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting 

Although completely avoiding withdrawal symptoms is probably not possible, it’s important to try and prepare yourself for them as much as possible. This is so you can hopefully reduce the severity of the symptoms as much as possible. First, talk with a trained professional about what to expect and how to handle what you are feeling. It’s important to get their professional opinion on whether or not you should taper off the substance you are using. Going “cold turkey” may not be beneficial for everyone. It’s also important to keep track of your withdrawal symptoms. Writing them down in a detailed manner just in case you have to relay those symptoms to a doctor or medical professional. 

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here for you during your recovery. We offer 24/7 monitoring in our Sober Living program for those suffering from addictions. Call us today to learn more about our services and what we can do for you. Our phone number is 866-697-7573. We can’t wait to hear from you today!