Drug and alcohol withdrawal is a physical process. Often, symptoms are so intense, and affect the body’s physical process so dramatically, that it has to be done in a medical setting under the supervision of doctors. You get physically sick and need the same level of care as other illnesses.
Withdrawal is a high-risk time. The symptoms of withdrawal can be so unpleasant that it sends people right back to drugs or alcohol. Not because they want to use again, but because it’s the only thing that will stop the withdrawal. Being surrounded by support is key.
Detox is a process, not an event. The first few days are the worst, but symptoms can linger for weeks or months. A person in recovery can experience recurring headaches, anxiety or depression, panic attacks, irritability or memory loss.
Withdrawals are not an excuse. The illness, anxiety or irritability that come with withdrawals may make your family member hard to live with for a while, and of course, you should be patient with them. But going through withdrawal doesn’t mean that the recovering person is free to treat family members badly or unkindly. A simple reminder—“I understand that you’re not feeling well, but please speak respectfully to me”—can go far in establishing new, healthy norms for your newly clean relationship.
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Oxycodone Withdrawal & Detox Timeline (And Helping the Symptoms)
Oxycodone is a pain medication in the opioid class. Take it for too long, and your brain becomes accustomed to it. You'll need to go through withdrawal to reverse the damage and prepare you for the work that comes next in rehab. Learn more about the process.
Drugs can keep your intestines from functioning. You'll visit the bathroom less, and when you do go, it's uncomfortable. The easiest way to ease symptoms is to stop using drugs. Learn about additional options to keep things moving.
Morphine Withdrawal: What to Do During Each Step of the Timeline
Detox is the first stage in your recovery process. Your brain cells will heal, and you'll learn how to avoid morphine for good. Learn the steps you can take to keep yourself calm and comfortable as your brain and body heals.
Vicodin withdrawal is the first stage on your recovery path. The discomfort can last for a few days to a few weeks, but the cravings could persist for even longer. Learn how your team can use medications to help you move through the change without returning to Vicodin abuse.
Xanax and fentanyl both work on your central nervous system. Take them together, and you could slide into a coma. You may never wake up. Even if you never plan to mix, if you buy from street dealers, your Xanax may come tainted with fentanyl. Learn more.
Fentanyl withdrawal is sometimes described as "flu-like." But people who have lived through it talk about a full-body misery that's unlike anything else they have ever experienced. It's more than the flu. Learn how it can be life-threatening.
Hydrocodone abuse causes persistent brain changes. During detox, you'll work through the damage and ease your brain and body into a new way of life. After detox, you'll be ready to do even more work in rehab.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be tough, and without proper medical care, severe alcohol detox can even be fatal. Alleviate your worries by learning about what will keep you safe during alcohol withdrawal and how long the whole process will last.
The acute phase of cocaine detox is over in less than a week, so you might think you’re in the clear. But cravings for the drug can persist for weeks or even months. Treatment can keep you from acting on the urge to use.
It can be daunting to think that Xanax withdrawal can take months to complete. Your doctor can help by creating a tapering schedule for you, and there are other therapies you can try to ease distress at home.
You’re here because you know the problem is out of control. You’ve spent months if not years trying to convince yourself (and those around you) that your drug or alcohol use isn’t “that bad.”
Don’t let denial drag out the suffering. Addiction is serious. You can (and should) get help before it completely takes over your life.
I don’t know what treatment would be best.
Have you tried getting help before? If so, it’s time to follow the science. The most effective process involves detox, rehab and outpatient treatments.
Don’t be overwhelmed! All you have to do now is call to talk about where you’re at. You’ll take it one step at a time from there. Before you know it, you’ll be sober. You can do this!
I can’t convince my loved one to go.
Even if you’re feeling powerless, there’s always hope! Donny, our dedicated ARISE interventionist, can talk to you today about your options. Following his advice, three of every four people come directly to treatment.
I'm not sure if you can help.
Feelings of doubt and helplessness are part of addiction, but you can find hope here. Our treatment is backed by research partnerships with two universities and hundreds of online reviews. From the Washington Post to CNN to Vice News, our expertise is trusted by the top news sources, as well as professional athletes.
The fact is — thousands of people across the country are living sober, productive lives after their time here. You deserve the same chance.
Now is not a good time.
You may worry about missing out on family or work, but the truth is you’re missing out now when your thoughts are preoccupied on your next fix or you’re too sick or high to show up.
Your job is guaranteed by law. And, your spouse, parents and kids all need you sober.
I have more questions.
It’s normal to have tons of questions, especially about your specific situation, insurance or how it all works. Why not get your questions answered now?
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