Withdrawal Symptoms and the Importance of a Safe Detox


Withdrawal Symptoms

The decision to fight an addiction to drugs or alcohol is complex and often intimidating or frightening. However, it’s also something to be celebrated as that individual can look forward to beginning the journey to recovery and a better quality of life.

When a person suddenly stops using their substance of choice, they may experience unpleasant or even dangerous physical or emotional symptoms. These symptoms indicate that the individual is going through withdrawal, which is the brain’s reaction to suddenly being without a substance that it has become dependent on.

Withdrawal symptoms can become severe or even deadly. Even if you don’t believe that you’ll go through withdrawal after quitting your substance of choice or you feel that you can manage your body’s detox process on your own, it’s always a good idea to pursue professional detox treatment.

Common Withdrawal Symptoms

Common symptoms of withdrawal include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Confusion
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Nightmares

Detoxifying from substances in a medical setting allows professionals to monitor and manage your withdrawal symptoms and also ensures that you will be as comfortable as possible while your body processes this sudden chemical change.

At Pyramid Healthcare, we provide 24-hour nursing care, medications for pain relief and an element of therapy for the emotional challenges caused by detoxification. We also offer a unique outpatient detox program in Langhorne, Pennsylvania that allows individuals with strong support systems to return home in the evenings following treatment programming. We also provide medically supervised detoxification for teens.

All clients in our detoxification programs will meet with a detox specialist to begin developing future treatment plans to encourage continued success in sobriety.

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