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What Are the Common Symptoms of Drug Withdrawal?

Man puts hand up to forehead as he struggles with symptoms of drug withdrawal

When someone who has been using drugs or alcohol regularly stops, their body goes through a process of detoxification that is typically accompanied by withdrawal symptoms. This is a necessary step in recovery, but it can also be uncomfortable and even dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the type of substance used, how long it was used, and other factors. While they’re often unpleasant, drug withdrawal symptoms are a sign that the body is healing and trying to re-balance itself without the substance. The support of our drug detox program in Florida can help make the detox process as safe and comfortable as possible. 

Call Honey Lake Clinic today at 888.428.0562 to learn more about the detox services available on our lakeside resort. Here, you can rest, heal, and build a foundation for lifelong recovery. 

Why Withdrawal Happens 

When a person becomes dependent on drugs or alcohol, their body adjusts to having the substance in its system and relies on it to function. For example, someone who is dependent on opioid painkillers may need the drug to feel normal and avoid withdrawal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and muscle aches.  

These physical symptoms are a result of the body trying to restore balance and function without the substance it has become dependent on. Psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and irritability, can also occur during drug withdrawal.  

How Long Does Drug Withdrawal Last? 

Drug withdrawal can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the substance and other factors. Detoxing from some substances, such as benzodiazepines, can be dangerous without medical supervision due to the risk of seizures. Others, like marijuana, may have less severe symptoms but can still cause discomfort and cravings during detox. 

Cravings are typically the longest-lasting symptom of drug withdrawal, often persisting well into recovery. They can be triggered by memories, stress, or environmental cues and may require ongoing support and coping strategies to manage. 

Common Drug Withdrawal Symptoms 

While each person’s experience is unique, some common symptoms of drug withdrawal include: 

  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Muscle pain and cramping 
  • Headaches 
  • Fatigue or insomnia 
  • Anxiety or depression 
  • Irritability or agitation  

Some substances may also cause more specific symptoms. Benzo withdrawal, for example, may include seizures or hallucinations, while opioid withdrawal may cause intense cravings and flu-like symptoms. Even after the initial withdrawal period, some individuals may experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS), such as mood swings or difficulty concentrating, for weeks or months. 

Managing Drug Withdrawal Symptoms 

The best way to manage drug withdrawal symptoms is through a supervised detox program. Going through detox alone or at home without medical assistance can be dangerous and increase the risk of relapse. Instead, a medically supervised detox program ensures that you or your loved one receive the necessary support and care to manage symptoms and stay safe during this critical stage of recovery. 

While in our detox program, patients live in a separate residence from the main treatment center. In our detox center, patients receive round-the-clock medical care and support from our team. Patient safety is our top priority. Drug detox symptoms can be uncomfortable, but they won’t last forever, and once patients complete detox, they can begin the next phase of their recovery journey in our residential treatment program. 

Contact Honey Lake Clinic Today 

Don’t let drug withdrawal symptoms stand in the way of your or your loved one’s recovery. Call 888.428.0562 or reach out online today to learn more about our detox program and other treatment options in our faith-based rehab—we’re available 24/7 to answer your questions and help you take the first step toward a life of freedom from addiction.