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Identifying Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

woman sits on the floor holding her hair appearing distraught while experiencing withdrawal symptoms

Alcohol addiction is a condition that can be difficult for those who suffer from it to confront and address. Even when seeking help, it is common to have concerns about the detox process and wonder what you will feel like when you stop drinking.

In some cases, the physical effects of withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable. The good news is that a detox program can treat withdrawal symptoms effectively. Michael’s House offers a drug and alcohol detox center in Palm Springs, California, tailored to your needs. To discover how detox can help manage withdrawal symptoms, call us today at 760.548.4032.

Early Treatment Is Key

Addiction is a progressive mental health condition. Every day an individual continues to drink or use a substance, they increase the severity and length of detox. Early treatment could be vital in avoiding unpleasant detox episodes. Additionally, quitting once and staying sober could be key to preventing some of the possible more severe detox issues.

Every time a person tries to stop using substances, withdrawal symptoms are worse than they were before. A condition called delirium tremens (or DTs) can take place. Some signs of this condition include uncontrollable trembling, severe anxiety, sweating, and hallucinations.

Understanding Withdrawal Symptoms from Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Commonly reported symptoms include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, or gastrointestinal distress
  • Sweating
  • Agitation, restlessness, and jumpiness
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fatigue
  • Hallucinations (visual or auditory)
  • Seizures

Drug withdrawal symptoms are like those of alcohol, but they can also include:

  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Elevated heart rate and blood pressure
  • Increased respiration rate
  • Abnormal pupil size

Additionally, people with a history of substance use disorder are more likely to experience extreme withdrawal symptoms, such as DTs or hallucinations.

Dangerous Signs of Drug Withdrawal

Certain signs of drug withdrawal may indicate a potentially dangerous condition and require medical attention. These severe symptoms often occur in individuals with a long history of substance use or who have used large quantities of the substance. These severe symptoms may include:

  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea leading to dehydration
  • High fever
  • Rapid heart rate or irregular heartbeat
  • Severe muscle or bone pain
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Intense hallucinations or severe confusion
  • Extreme agitation or violence
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

These symptoms are serious and could be life-threatening if not addressed promptly. It is important to remember that healthcare professionals should monitor withdrawal to ensure adequate care.

What to Expect from a Detox Program

When you first enter a detox program, you are often asked a series of questions. For example, admissions coordinators often want to know your history of drinking and the amount of alcohol you have consumed in the previous week. These medical professionals might ask you to describe any previous attempts at sobriety, including any negative sensations you have experienced. This information can help medical professionals plan an approach that helps the patient achieve sobriety comfortably.

Treatment professionals may periodically assess your physical health and ask questions about your mental health. In a few days of this kind of care, you will likely be ready to progress to the next stage of addiction treatment.

Follow-up care is vital, as detox programs are not considered a form of treatment. While a detox program can help you get sober, it does not address all the underlying reasons for the drinking. Addiction treatment is the next step to get to your underlying issues.

Call Michael’s House to Discover Our Detox Programs

At Michael’s House, we understand that withdrawal symptoms can be difficult. However, if you are ready to tackle addiction, we are prepared to help. Our detox center in Palm Springs, California, has medical professionals to help guide you through your journey. We can help make sure you are as comfortable as possible while detoxing from substances. Contact us at 760.548.4032 to get started and take the first step toward a substance-free future.