What is Drug & Alcohol Withdrawal
For individuals addicted to drugs or alcohol, withdrawal is a well-known word that brings about feelings of fear and dread. It occurs only after the body has adapted to the repeated use of a drug and is recognized as a series of negative symptoms that occur when use has stopped for an extended period, whether by choice or circumstance. Symptoms vary based on the drug, duration of use and the individual. In addition to being painful and uncomfortable, withdrawal symptoms can be potentially dangerous, especially for those who have become dependent on substances such as alcohol and benzodiazepines.
The only way to overcome these symptoms is to either wait for the substance to pass naturally, returning the body back to a normal state or use more of the chosen drug. Most people choose the second option, as it provides immediate relief. However, doing so contributes to a perpetual cycle of addiction.
If you or a loved one needs help for substance use disorder, please contact Brookdale today to begin the treatment and recovery process. Your first step to a life…recovered is just one phone call away. Call 855-575-1292