What are the symptoms of Alcohol withdrawal

There are still many people for whom substance abuse is the preferred method for coping with life challenges and issues. In fact, most abusers don’t even realize how big a problem their addiction is until they experience drug withdrawal symptoms.

According to a national household study conducted by the UN Office on Substances and Crime and India’s Ministry of Social Justice, the most commonly abused drugs in India are alcohol, cannabis, opium, and heroin.

Withdrawal symptoms may occur the moment you stop using a drug and even after a few hours. This is one of the biggest problems for people trying to deal with addiction.

What is withdrawal?

Symptoms of withdrawal are an indication of dependence on a substance.

Substance use changes the balance, the homeostasis, of your body and your brain. The drug affects your brain chemistry, and your body responds by adjusting and the quantities of neurotransmitters.

If you have been abusing a substance with a high potential for dependency and quit abruptly, you may suffer a range of withdrawal symptoms. If not medically managed, withdrawal can be quite severe. In some cases it can prove to be lethal, albeit rarely.

Symptoms of withdrawal

At a time when society is becoming increasingly aware of the dangers associated with drug abuse, it’s important to know how these drugs are affecting your body.

The sort of substance you take, the length of time you take it for, and the dosage you take can all have an impact on the duration, intensity and nature and of your symptoms. The range and severity of withdrawal symptoms differ from person to person.

When someone is addicted to substances such as drugs and alcohol, and are attempting to quit, they often experience severe withdrawal symptoms, both physically and mentally. Here are the general withdrawal symptoms you can expect.

Physical symptoms of withdrawal:

● Chills or shivering

● Congestion

● Muscle pain

● Nausea

● Restlessness

● Runny nose

● Shakiness

● Sleeping difficulties

● Sweating

● Tremors

● Vomiting

Mental symptoms of withdrawal:

● Changes in mood

● Depression

● Anxiety

● Inability to focus

● Fatigue

● Irritability

● Aggression

● Paranoia

● Hopelessness

● Changes in appetite

Symptoms of withdrawal may exist within a scale of uncomfortable to lethal, so learning to recognise the symptoms and seek timely intervention is crucial.

Types of Addiction Withdrawals:

Some substances are easier to discontinue and to handle withdrawal symptoms of without seeking medical intervention. For example, a person should be able to quit coffee on their own. The withdrawal side effects they face are minimal and can be managed on their own.

However, suddenly quitting the use of substances such as benzodiazepines or alcohol can be risky, so always consult your doctor before devising a detox plan. Medically assisted withdrawal can keep you safe while also reducing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

People with existing medical concerns, a history of using polysubstance abuse, and those who have already experienced withdrawal symptoms may be at greater risk. More severe symptoms, such as hallucinations, seizures, and delirium, may develop in certain cases.

The withdrawal symptoms you encounter are determined on the sort of substance you were using. They can occur from a variety of drugs, including the following:

Antidepressants: If you stop taking antidepressants abruptly, especially if you’ve been taking it for more than four to six weeks, you may get withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms are fairly mild in most cases and require medical intervention or alternative dosage.

Barbiturates: Barbiturate withdrawal symptoms can be fatal and need immediate medical intervention and detox. Each person’s barbiturate withdrawal timeline for barbiturate withdrawal is unique. Symptoms of shorter-acting barbiturates peak in 2-4 days and persist for 4-7 days. Symptoms of longer-acting barbiturates peak in 4-7 days and extend 7-14 days or longer.

Cannabis: Marijuana withdrawal symptoms occur in people who have used marijuana daily or almost daily for at least a few months before quitting. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms are most severe within the first week after stopping and can continue up to two weeks.

Depressants: Withdrawal from depressants like benzodiazepines can be harmful, if not lethal. It is strongly advised that they seek medical supervision or treatment. Symptoms can last 1 to 4 weeks, and gradually tapering off may cause withdrawal symptoms to persist for up to five weeks

Stimulants: A typical withdrawal period from stimulants such as amphetamines lasts one to two weeks. One of the potentially fatal side effects of this sort of medication withdrawal is extreme dysphoria.

Hallucinogens: Hallucinogens do not typically cause withdrawal symptoms. However, they can create lasting effects such as flashbacks, anxiety, and cognitive deficiencies that can remain for years after a person has stopped using hallucinogens.

Opioids: For most people, it is impossible to stop abusing opioids without the assistance of professional addiction treatment. Opioid withdrawal symptoms normally last 4 to 10 days, however withdrawal symptoms from methadone usage may continue for 3 weeks or more.

The ability to overcome substance abuse can be difficult, but never impossible. Withdrawal may be physically and emotionally draining. Hence, it is critical to begin the process in a safe and secure setting such as a detox centre, or de-addiction centre such as the Alpha Healing Center. By recognizing withdrawal symptoms and overcoming them, you can finally put an end to your substance use once and for all.