Withdrawal Syndrome: The Sudden Return of Addiction
What if you were addicted to something and then suddenly, for no apparent reason, the addiction disappeared? You would probably be pretty happy about it. But what happens when it comes back? That is withdrawal syndrome. Addiction can return out of nowhere or after a long time away from the addictive substance. It’s not always easy to know how to deal with withdrawal syndrome because many people are afraid of their addiction returning again.
What is withdrawal syndrome and how does it happen?
When an addictive substance is taken away from a person who has become addicted to it, they can experience a variety of symptoms. These include anxiety, cravings for the drug or other substances, and depression. Sometimes these feelings are even stronger than before addiction treatment was initiated because the patient feels like there’s a chance they can relapse.
There are several ways to deal with withdrawal syndrome, including the usage of medications and therapy. There will always be some level of discomfort during treatment for addiction but it is best if you have proper support from family members or friends as well as medical professionals. Withdrawal syndrome may feel like an impossible struggle but just remember that you can get through it and regain control over your life.
Signs of withdrawal syndrome
There are many physical and psychological symptoms that go along with withdrawal syndrome. They include:
- Nausea or vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea
Signs of alcohol withdrawal syndrome can also include shakiness or tremors in the hands as well as seizures. This is why it’s so important to seek treatment from medical professionals if you suspect that alcohol withdrawal syndrome might be the cause of your symptoms.
How to avoid withdrawal syndrome?
If you have a history of addiction, it is important to avoid triggers that can lead to relapse. That includes avoiding people and places where the addictive substances were used as well as not indulging in activities such as gambling or shopping sprees when feeling stressed out or depressed. Withdrawal syndrome is never easy but with support from family members and medical professionals, you can get through it.
Treatment options for withdrawal syndrome
There are several different treatment options including medications and therapy. Some of the most common medications used for treating withdrawal syndrome are benzodiazepines and barbiturates. There is also a variety of different types of therapy that can be highly effective including cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, motivational incentives, cue exposure therapies as well as family or couples counseling.
- The use of medications such as benzodiazepines to help reduce anxiety and promote a sense of relaxation
- Various types of therapy that can be used to address psychological symptoms
Withdrawal syndrome is not an easy hurdle to overcome but if you have the right support, it’s possible.
Tips for coping with withdrawal symptoms
During withdrawal syndrome, there are going to be a lot of uncomfortable symptoms that go along with the initial treatment. It’s important to know what resources you have available and how to cope during this time so it is not as difficult as possible.
- Family members or friends who can provide support
- Medical professionals who are trained to deal with withdrawal symptoms
- Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga
Withdrawal syndrome can be difficult but it does not have to last forever. With the right assistance from family members and medical professionals, you will get through this tough time in your life.
Who should I contact for help?
The people closest to you can be a great help when it comes to withdrawal syndrome. They will know what resources are available and how best to support your needs during this time.
Emmaus Medical & Counseling aims to be a leading addiction and rehabilitation treatment center in the country. With decades of experience, we know what it takes to get through withdrawal syndrome safely and successfully so you can regain control over your life.