Going through detox for any drug is a monumental task, especially when someone’s life is falling apart around them. It is not rare for people who suffer from a substance use disorder to recover and fail to repeat the cycle. Chronic relapse is so common because recovery usually means experiencing the pain of withdrawal symptoms.
Drug withdrawal symptoms and their severity depend on which substances you are dependent on and how long the dependency has lasted. Some drugs, like alcohol and opioids, can have deadly withdrawal symptoms. If you or a loved one is trying to be free of a substance use disorder, you need help. The best path to a successful recovery is at a licensed medical rehab facility like Gulf Breeze Recovery here in Florida.
Drug Withdrawal Symptoms Are a Normal Part of Recovery
You should know what to expect when you begin a detox program, even if you will be medically supervised. Some of the more common withdrawal symptoms that occur across many types of drugs include:
- Headaches and feelings of general physical illness
- Sweating and shakiness
- Insomnia and fatigue
- Mood swings that may include anxiety, depression, and irritability
- The re-emergence of pre-existing mental health disorders like bipolar and schizophrenia
People who are suffering from alcohol or opioid withdrawal symptoms may face more serious and life-threatening symptoms like:
- Rapid pulse and the feeling of your heart beating out of your chest
- Chest pains which can signify possible blood pressure or heart problems
- Major, life-threatening seizures
- Delirium tremens (DTs)
No one should feel bad about committing to recovery and not succeeding. Some people go through drug detox with the help of close friends and family once they have admitted to a substance use disorder and faced the consequences with open eyes. But many people need more.
When Overcoming Drug Withdrawal Symptoms is a Team Effort
If there is any chance that you will have symptoms like the more dangerous ones listed above, then you must have professional help. Some drugs have symptoms that can be managed with special medication, while others require close medical supervision.
In recent years there have been great strides in research into holistic alternatives to 12-step recovery programs that are evidence-based and scientifically rigorous. Once you are through the worst of your withdrawal symptoms, you need “portable” skills that will keep you sober. Our programs give you:
- Therapeutic tools to deal with intense emotions like stress and grief without turning to addictive substances
- Social skills to help you refuse drugs and alcohol without embarrassment or shame
- Peer support will help you reconnect with a happy and sober lifestyle
Reach Out to Gulf Breeze Recovery Today
The professional team of medical doctors and therapists here in Florida has built something special. We chose the site for our rehab center in Pensacola on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, in a place that is perfect for quiet reflection and mindful awareness. No matter how many relapses you’ve been through, every time you decide to get help and quit is an act of bravery, and we can give you the skills to make it permanent. We don’t believe anyone is truly broken and can’t recover. Our evidence-based treatment is based on a philosophy that:
- Believes finding joy in your life is critical to successful recovery
- Effective treatment must be highly individualized to meet the complexities of your life
- We must stay on the leading edge of treatment research
- Our clients are guests, always to be treated with dignity and respect