Common Withdrawal Symptoms During Detoxification

Withdrawal occurs when one’s body or mind is deprived of a drug that it has learned to depend on.

The duration and intensity of the symptoms vary from one individual to another, but maybe also be influenced by factors such as:

  • The duration one has been using drugs
  • The combination of drugs that have been used, including alcohol
  • Prior existence of mental or physical disorders
  • The frequency of use of the drug(s) in question

While some withdrawal symptoms are experienced for a short time, some have to endure them for long periods. At The Recovery Way personalized detoxification program is formulated based on the above factors.

Depending on the above factors, there are some common withdrawal symptoms that are commonly experienced during detox for all kinds of drugs and alcohol. They are:

  1. Disturbance in moods. This is characterized by mood swings, agitation or irritability
  2. Sleep disturbance or insomnia. This is lack of sleep despite being fatigued
  3. Physical issues. Can be manifested as chills, tremors, or shaking, sweating, flu-like symptoms that include headaches and runny nose, nausea and vomiting.
  4. Cravings. A person would desire to use the drug of choice in order to relieve the withdrawal symptoms.

Major drugs and alcohol that people detox from are:

1. Alcohol

Alcohol is considered the hardest to detox from and thus needs a lot of will power from an individual as well as a controlled environment to avoid relapse and better manage the withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may begin as early as a few hours after the last drink.

Some common withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Mild anxiety
  • Shaky hands
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Insomnia

2. Ecstasy

Ecstasy is a club drug commonly used by teens in clubs to provide the much sort after feeling of relaxation and confidence. Its withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Blurred vision
  • Muscle cramps
  • Clenching of teeth
  • Nausea

3. GHB

GHB is a club drug commonly known liquid ecstasy.

It is a prescription drug for depression that is commonly used by individuals in clubs.

Some withdrawal symptoms that a user may experience include:

  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Lack of sleep
  • Restlessness
  • Delirium

4. Xanax

Xanax is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Users of this prescription drug may experience below withdrawal symptoms:

  • Muscle weakness and pain
  • Shaking
  • Excessive sweating
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Cramping
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity towards sound, smells and light

Those who use prescription drugs such as Xanax can have delayed withdrawal reaction and act normally until the drug effects wears off from the body. The after effect can be fatal and one needs to be in a detox facility with people who can help deal with the reaction.

5. Marijuana

Some of the common withdrawal symptoms experienced by marijuana users include:

  • Lack of sleep. Insomnia lasting several days to even months may be experienced
  • Depression
  • Anger mainly directed towards friends or family
  • Memory issues. Someone is unable to concentrate and this also affects the ability to learn new things.

6. Opiates (Heroin & codeine)

Opiate withdrawal is not life threatening.

Some of the withdrawal symptoms experienced at the early stage include

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Yawning

Late withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Goose bumps
  • Nausea and vomiting

Heroin patients get cravings combined with pain and if they are in an environment that is not controlled, they can easily relapse and go back to the habit.

7. Adderall

Adderall is a prescription drug which, if used properly does not have any effect. However, if used for long, it can cause dependence.

Some of the withdrawal symptoms experienced include:

  • Depression
  • Mental and physical fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Long periods of sleep with unusually vivid dreams
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability and agitation

8. Stimulant drugs (Cocaine & Meth)

Stimulant drugs usually give the user a sense of relaxation. When users withdrawal from stimulants, the symptoms have intense physical and psychological distress.

Some of the symptoms experienced include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleepiness
  • Tremors
  • Muscle pain
  • Suicidal thoughts in extreme cases

Some of these withdrawal symptoms can be managed at home, but in some cases, the effect is life threatening. It is important to be in an environment where you can get immediate medical attention.

We know our clients need a New York detox facility that offers a serene environment in order to feel comfortable. Our friendly staff will give you individualized treatment to ensure that your experience is comfortable and pain free.


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