What happens to your body during the process of withdrawal?
Withdrawal is often associated with addiction, but it can also occur with some medications and other substances that cause physical dependence. When you stop using a drug or medication suddenly after prolonged use, your body must adjust to functioning without it. This process can be difficult for many individuals, as withdrawal symptoms arise.
The Beginning of Withdrawal
When you initially begin to withdraw from a substance or medication, this typically triggers acute withdrawal symptoms. Acute withdrawal symptoms are usually shorter-lasting and more severe than the later stages of withdrawal.
Signs Of Acute Withdrawal Symptoms
- Accelerated heart rate
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle pains
These symptoms generally last for about one week before subsiding gradually afterward./
Late Stages Of Withdrawals
The early phase is not the end/when all feels settled in /calmer waters ahead/. The real test comes when your body enters into late-stage withdrawals. It’s important to note that these last much longer than acute withdrawals (sometimes several months), even though they may not be as intense at their peak moments.
Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) refers to a period of time where people who have ceased abusing drugs experience persistent or intermittent mild-to-moderate psychological, cognitive-behavioral, neurological problems or disorders which are serious enough for patients’ life quality/overall ability to function/affected negatively/. These negative effects tend/improve slowly over time/, but there may be periods where things worsen/good days sound like something foreign/.
Types Of PAWS Effects
- Physical discomfort such as drug cravings and fatigue.
- Mood-related issues such as anxiety or depression.
- Cognitive impairments like difficulty concentrating on tasks or making decisions.
- Behavioral problems like irritability, insomnia or reduced sex drive.
These symptoms can last from a few weeks to several months as the body continues to heal from the damage caused by drug addiction./
As rough as these areas of recovery feel at times/rougher than running over many legos with bare feet/, they will end eventually. Your body and brain are capable/willing/unanimously set on healing but only if you commit/want it truly/. Daily habits/on-going support mechanisms such as therapy groups or doctors visits/an active lifestyle/friends and family all play a role in helping ease through this difficult time.
Stick It Out!
Withdrawal itself is not life-threatening for most people. However, severe withdrawal can cause dangerous complications that could require medical attention/supervision/. Do not underestimate it!! While there may be several curveballs thrown at folks during this journey of recovery, remember each one surpassed gets you closer/s into becoming your best self!/Time bends and shifts under pressure so better days are coming.