Withdrawal is the physical, mental and emotional reactions experienced when a person dependent on a substance such as illegal street drugs, prescription painkillers or alcohol, drastically reduces or suddenly stops their intake or use of the substance on which they are dependent. The severity of the pain and misery of “dope sickness” experienced in withdrawing from many drugs is such that the addict fears it, and as a result, is driven to continue to use.
Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the substance on which the person is dependent. Commonly abused substances in our society at this time include alcohol, prescription drugs and illegal street drugs. Below is a brief overview of withdrawal from these substances.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually start from 4 to 12 hours after cutting down or ceasing consumption. Withdrawal symptoms can also start as long as several days following the person’s last drink. Alcohol withdrawal can span the spectrum from mild to life-threatening.
Mild withdrawal symptoms from alcohol may include:
- Feeling edgy or tense.
- Intense worry.
- Sweating and shaking.
- Nausea and/or vomiting.
Severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Severe trembling.
- Being extremely upset, jumpy or confused.
- Feeling things on the body which are not there.
- Hearing or seeing things which are not there.
Life-threatening symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are called delirium tremens (DTs), and include all of the symptoms named above, with the addition of seizures. Untreated, it can lead to death.
Prescription drugs or illegal street drugs have their own withdrawal symptoms, and it depends on the drug or combination of drugs being abused. Commonly, the following withdrawal symptoms are experienced:
- Drenching sweats.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Abdominal pain.
- Shaking and nervousness
Faced with withdrawal and its physical, mental and emotional pain and sickness, it is understandable that an addict fears it, avoids it, and drug treatment routinely uses drug substitution to get the addict through withdrawal.
At the same time, understanding the severity and consequences of drug and alcohol withdrawal, makes Narconon Drug-Free Withdrawal all the more remarkable.
Narconon Arrowhead Drug-Free Withdrawal
The Narconon program uses a totally drug-free method of withdrawal with no substitution of a drug to get the person off the drug from which they are withdrawing
Getting the person out of the haze and fog of heavy substance abuse begins with the Drug-Free Withdrawal. Each individual is given generous doses of nutritional supplements which begins to calm the body’s response to withdrawing from the drug or alcohol.
Throughout the person’s waking hours, he or she works with a staff member trained in the Drug-Free Withdrawal method. A person’s vital signs are continuously monitored by the specially trained staff in attendance, and he or she receives gentle “assists”, helping to relax the body and orient and calm the person’s mind.
The Narconon Drug-Free Withdrawal method alleviates the mental, physical and emotional symptoms of withdrawal, enabling the individual to start their Narconon drug rehab program without using more drugs as a solution to withdrawal and addiction.
A Patient Talks about Narconon Arrowhead Withdrawal
“For the first two nights here at Narconon I was determined to go home. I’ve been in withdrawal now for seven days and have completely changed my attitude and the way I’m thinking. At first I was only signed up for the first part of the program, but after meeting great people with big hearts who not only work here, but who have gone through exactly what I’m going through, I now want to stay and see about the work-study program so I can finish the courses and become a more well-rounded individual. I not only want to stay to finish the program I’m already excited and enthusiastic about getting to be around all people who are happy and on their way to living a long and healthy, drug-free lives.” ~ KW
For more information about the Narconon Withdrawal or the Narconon drug rehabilitation call toll-free: 1-800-468-6933.