If you’re considering going through detox, we can help you understand some of what to expect. While the effects of most drugs vary significantly, the mechanism of addiction seems to be quite similar within the two major subgroups of drugs, stimulants and depressants. As such, withdrawal symptoms within these groups tend to share similarities.
Stimulants such as cocaine, amphetamines and methamphetamine act directly on your reward pathways and cause intense cravings, paranoia and muscle tension. Central nervous system depressants such as opioids, alcohol and benzos cause anxiety, insomnia, palpitations and stomach cramps. Still, everyone experiences withdrawal differently, and you’re not necessarily going to experience all of the symptoms listed below.
PHYSICAL WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
If you’re trying to cope alone, physical withdrawal symptoms can seem as if they’re too much to go through to reach sobriety. The support of our team of addiction specialists can help you look further into the future. Everyone has dreams and plans, and addiction is usually a setback. With the right care, and in some cases, medication, you can get through the physical withdrawal symptoms with minimal discomfort.
Long-term use of opiates, benzodiazepines and alcohol can cause intense withdrawal symptoms when you quit. If you’ve ever gone a while without your drug of choice, you may have experienced this and not see a way out. Help is at hand — with detox medication, we can help you to relax. If you’re staying with us and you’re struggling to sleep or feeling particularly anxious, you can speak to your care team, who will consult with the doctors to ensure you’re comfortable as possible.
PSYCHOLOGICAL WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
Psychological withdrawal symptoms occur with all drugs and can be very intense. We encourage you to speak out about how you feel. The more you internalise these feelings and urges, the more likely you are to act on them. We use the 12-step framework in our daily group therapy meetings, and you’ll see how effective open communication between peers can be. We take you through a myriad of therapies, with a strong focus on resisting cravings and dealing with your emotions.
The reward pathways in your brain are believed to play a role in addiction. The more drugs you use, the more your natural supplies are depleted. This causes cravings and a loss of interest in things you once enjoyed. Some of the psychological symptoms we can minimize include: