When a person starts abusing a drug, the whole phenomenon of homeostasis collapses. Illicit drugs when misused for a long time and taken in a huge dose, may affect the body and mind both in a really dangerous manner. Drug addiction may be associated with the abuse of alcohol, nicotine, heroin, crack, etc. Substance abuse may create specific changes in physiology and also the brain functions, which can cause dependence of the abuser on that very substance. This dependence, if exceeds a limit, proved to be not only very dangerous for the abuser but also fatal sometimes. This dependence makes it difficult to control drug abuse and it becomes almost impossible to reduce its use or quit the drug for good. Many abused drugs are associated with complete physiological dependence, especially when these are abused for a long time and in large quantities. It needs withdrawal.
What is Withdrawal
When a person’s body gets addicted to a particular drug, there occurs a complete physiological dependence. Firstly there appears a tolerance for that substance and then comes the complete reliance. When a person who depends completely on a particular substance, tries to quit that substance abruptly or reduce its usage, there appear specific physical, mental as well as psychological, and emotional symptoms. These symptoms are too hard to handle for a drug abuser.
Though these may vary from person to person, most of the time, these symptoms are really unpleasant and sometimes even dangerous for the patient of substance abuse. These symptoms usually start after 24 hours of previous drug usage and they become worse after only 48 hours of previous drug abuse. The reason for these withdrawal symptoms is when a person uses a drug for a long time and in a larger quantity. The brain systems and body organs get adapted to the presence of that very substance. And when the body receives a lesser quantity of that drug or the person does not use that drug at all, this can result in numerous reactions from the body and brain.
How Does Withdrawal from a Drug Affects Your Body
Withdrawal symptoms affect an abuser’s body in a very negative manner. But the effect of these symptoms may be reduced by taking proper medical and psychological assistance. To reduce the effects of withdrawal it is best to consult an addiction treatment facility for further evaluation. Before you begin your addiction treatment, contact your insurer like Wellcare Health to learn about the coverage of addiction treatment.
When a drug abuser experiences withdrawal symptoms, it affects the body in a very painful way. All the withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant as well as dangerous for the patient. Some most dangerous withdrawal symptoms are:
- Elevated heart rate
- Extreme confusion
- Elevated body temperature
- Uncontrollable shivering and convulsions.
Above mentioned may be categorized as the most dangerous withdrawal symptoms, but there is a wide range of multiple withdrawal symptoms that a drug abuser may face. These symptoms include:
- Muscle and bone pain
- High temperature and chills
- Exhaustion and body fatigue
- Change in appetite patterns
- Heart palpitations
- Excessive sweating
- Shaking and shivering
- Difficulty in focus and concentration
- Short-term memory loss
- Changes in mood
- Intense and uncontrollable craving for drugs.
Treatment for Withdrawal Symptoms
The withdrawal symptoms may vary from person to person. Their intensity and the symptoms themselves are experience by every addict person, differently. Though these symptoms are temporary, they need treatment with the help of a medical professional. Proper medical and psychological assistance is require to reduce withdrawal symptoms and to make sure that the patient may pass through this difficult phase safely and comfortably. Proper medical assistance is necessary to ensure that these withdrawal symptoms may not lead the patient to relapse. Thus proper medical and psychological treatment offers a safe exit to the abuser from the difficult phase of withdrawal symptoms.
The treatment of withdrawal symptoms includes:
- behavioral therapy
- group therapy
- family therapy
In the End….
When an addicts body, receiving drugs does not receive drugs, it will show adverse reactions. In people who have developed a complete dependency on the substance, withdrawal symptoms are inevitable, as a response to a sudden absence or declining concentration of that drug in the patient’s blood. These inevitable symptoms, if not managed properly, may lead to relapse, which proves to be a fatal step in the recovery and rehabilitation of the drug abuser.
Last but not least proper medicines are prescribe by the doctor to reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.