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Things to Ask When Getting Sober: What is Drug Withdrawal?

Chronic drug addiction eventually leads to harmful physical and psychological consequences. In many cases, the only safe and effective way to defeat a severe addiction is to seek help from an addiction treatment center specializing in treating your unique needs. Deciding to seek addiction treatment is not easy. For many, it is one of the most difficult choices they will voluntarily make. However, it is vital (in most cases) to safely and successfully achieving sobriety. Detox and withdrawal are highly challenging and can result in potentially dangerous side effects. 

The trained staff at Bayshore Retreat are here to help you with your detox process.

Is Drug Withdrawal a Normal Part of the Recovery Process?

When most addicts enter treatment, detox and withdrawal are often the first steps in the process. Detox and withdrawal are essential to help cleanse the body of any substances that remain. Although often unpleasant, withdrawal is a vital step towards sobriety because you cannot fully immerse yourself in an addiction treatment program if you are still under the influence of or continually craving substances. Withdrawal symptoms are a normal part of the detox and recovery process. 

During detox, your body learns how to function without substances. Depending on how long you have been using, the substance you use, and your addiction’s severity, your withdrawal symptoms’ intensity and severity will vary. While using your body and brain become accustomed to functioning with a certain amount of an addictive substance. When the levels of this substance get too low or disappear altogether, cravings occur as the body or brain demands more. Withdrawal symptoms arise during detox because the body and brain are not getting the substance they require. 

What Is the Best Way to Manage Drug Withdrawal?

Although quitting “cold turkey” may seem less impactful on your day-to-day life, it is essential to remember that detoxing – especially from certain substances – can be dangerous and sometimes fatal. In many cases, when one tries to detox alone, the withdrawal symptoms become so overwhelming that they often lead to relapse. Detoxing from opioids can produce potentially deadly complications. Although the most severe withdrawal symptoms occur in a small portion of cases, timely emergency assistance is vital to safety. When you choose to detox alone, there is a chance life-saving assistance may not arrive in time. Withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person, as does their intensity. The best way to manage drug withdrawal is to seek treatment at an addiction treatment center where medically supervised detox is available. In these programs, full medical supervision is available throughout all stages of detox and withdrawal. Depending on the program, this will include benefits such as consistent medical monitoring and administration of medications to help reduce the symptoms related to drug withdrawal. 

What Do I Do After I Detox off of Drugs?

Once you detox off drugs, the next step is to transition to an addiction treatment program that includes therapy, addiction education, and ongoing support while working towards your sobriety goals. The journey to recovery does not stop once you complete detox. At Bayshore Retreat in Destin, Florida, our highly trained addiction treatment team will help guide you through the detox and withdrawal process. We understand the process of finding and starting the right addiction treatment process is not without fear and worry, but it is a vital element on the path to recovery. If you or a loved one are ready to seek addiction treatment in Northern Florida, let our admissions team at Bayshore Retreat answer your addiction treatment and recovery questions.

We look forward to helping you begin taking the steps towards a life free of addiction.