Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal
It can be difficult to stop drinking or using drugs, even when drug use is interfering with work, school and family commitments. One reason it’s so difficult to stop is because withdrawal symptoms can be rather severe, especially if you stop suddenly instead of tapering down. General symptoms include depression, sweating, nausea, vomiting and headaches.
Withdrawing from alcohol can cause difficulty sleeping, clammy skin, loss of appetite, dilated pupils and increased heart rate, while opioid withdrawal is associated with abdominal cramps, diarrhea and goose bumps. Other symptoms may occur when withdrawing from benzodiazepines or stimulants, including increased irritability, fatigue, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, tremors or increased heart rate.
Treatment Options for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Substance abuse treatment can help people overcome addictions to alcohol, prescription medications and illicit substances. The right treatment option depends on several factors, such as how long the addiction has been going on and whether there are any underlying mental health problems that could affect the treatment plan.
Outpatient addiction treatment is ideal for people with mild addictions who are able to continue working or attending classes while getting help for recurrent drug use or alcohol use disorder. People getting outpatient drug abuse treatment may have access to support groups, one-on-one therapy and other services to help them stop using drugs and get their lives back on track.
Residential treatment is ideal for people with severe addictions and people with underlying mental health issues in need of treatment. Many people with PTSD, major depressive disorder and other mental health conditions turn to drug or alcohol use when their symptoms become unmanageable. Residential treatment provides an opportunity to address the behavioral disorder and the addiction, reducing the risk of relapse later.