Getting past the first few days or weeks of withdrawal is often the hardest.
Identifying Withdrawal Symptoms
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Emotional instability, anxiety and depression
- Restlessness or insomnia
- Sweating, hot flashes
- Flu-like symptoms: weakness, body aches and headaches
- Lack of or increased appetite
- A heightened negative or positive emotional state (using because you feel bad or because you want to increase your good feelings)
- Social situations – using due to social pressure, because you’re in circumstances in which substance use is occurring, or because of conflict with another person
- Physical discomfort
- Strong cravings or temptation to use
- Testing personal boundaries – many people use just “one more time” because they think they can stop at any point
Activities like exercising and yoga can be very helpful in keeping your mind off drugs. Yoga tends to help balance and center a person, much like meditation, and can prove very valuable in averting cravings. Many smokers for example don’t quit smoking for fear of gaining weight. Exercising just a few times a week can negate this result and make it easier for someone to quit.
Support of family and friends, even counseling groups like Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous, can be very encouraging for someone when quitting. Having someone to talk to and talk through your cravings can help quell the desire to use.
Prepare for withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, depression, and physical effects. By knowing what to expect during withdrawal, you can make an action plan to help combat the cravings. If you’re prone to anxiety, identify ways you can work through the panic. Meditation, breathing exercises, and sensory strategies can help with this.
are on the market to help with withdrawal from a variety of substances. Methadone and disulfram are two such medications that can treat withdrawal from heroin and alcohol, respectively. Recently, as reported on Bloomberg, Zofran (ondansetron) was noted as having positive side effects on patients coping with withdrawal. When compared side by side with a placebo, participants noted significantly less restlessness, hot flashes and sweating associated with withdrawal.
Sometimes a person can cope with withdrawal symptoms on their own but usually only if they are dealing with a mild or short-term drug or alcohol abuse issue. When that doesn’t work, a treatment facility like Futures of Palm Beach can help you achieve and maintain sobriety. We can work with you implement a variety of strategies that can help you cope with cravings and effectively manage your abstinence. Call us today to learn more about the treatment options available.