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Lasting Recovery’s San Diego Outpatient Treatment Center is available to help you to begin to overcome your dependency on alcohol and drugs.
Group support and education through our Intensive Outpatient Treatment program for alcohol and drugs can help equip you to stay on your path of recovery.
Addiction is usually recognized when the substance is abruptly stopped. A cluster of symptoms known as a withdrawal syndrome occur, and it is often the only warning that a physical dependence has developed. If you experience withdrawal symptoms, you may benefit from a medical detoxification. Our staff can refer you an appropriate medical facility or physician.
The length of time and severity of detoxification depends upon the severity of use, characteristics of the substance used, your current physical health, current level of functioning (work, family, friends) and availability of your support system.
A majority of alcohol and drug users, who decide to stop using chemicals for periods of time, are able to do so without much trouble. Some people experience mild symptoms and others experience severe symptoms including seizures. There is a withdrawal syndrome which consists of a predictable group of signs and symptoms resulting from abrupt removal of, or a rapid decrease in the regular dosage of, a psychoactive substance.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal becomes difficult when problem drinkers attempt to quit. Very often, alcoholics (10% of our population) will need professional help to detoxify if they have been unable to stop drinking for more than a day without physical withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is frequently described as a hangover that ranges from mild to severe and lasts for several days.
Withdrawal symptoms may include:
A small percentage of people may experience more severe symptoms such as hallucinations, delirium tremens (DTs) or a generalized seizure. Call a physician if you or a loved one is having any of the more severe symptoms or go to a local emergency room. If you are diabetic and insulin dependent, call your physician immediately.
Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms
Many of the controlled studies of marijuana smokers, in treatment for addiction indicate that marijuana addiction is similar to tobacco addiction and the intensity of the cravings for the drug are strong.
Marijuana withdrawal symptoms are reported to include:
Symptoms of marijuana withdrawal for those who use daily appear within the first 8 hours and are the most noticeable during the first 10 days. Withdrawal symptoms have been known to last up to 45 days. Withdrawal from marijuana is identifiable by behavioral and emotional distress. Many people believe marijuana is a harmless drug and don’t expect to suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Using marijuana with other substances can increase the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms that we think are being tamed by the marijuana, such as anger, depression, anxiety, or symptoms of bi-polar disorder, can increase during times of cravings or withdrawal. People can develop a dependency on marijuana and forget they are under the influence of a highly intoxicating substance.
Tranquillizers (Valium, Xanax, Ambien, etc.) Withdrawal Symptoms
Detoxification from tranquillizers can produce withdrawal symptoms for up to 6 months after long- term use. Detoxification needs to be done under the watchful eye of a physician or in a hospital detox facility.
Symptoms may include:
Opiate (pain medications, heroin) Withdrawal Symptoms
Within 6-24 hours after the last use, the body tries to tell the brain that it needs more of the addictive substance by sending pain and other unpleasant signals to the brain.
Symptoms of opiate withdrawal can include:
Due to the highly addictive nature of opiates, many people will not be able to remain abstinent from these types of drugs, and benefit from being placed on an opioid maintenance drug such as methadone or buprenorphine (Suboxone). Medically supervised withdrawal from alcohol and psychotropic medications is the first step to addiction treatment, but it does not constitute treatment alone. Detoxification is the first step in the recovery process. Learning to live free of opiates, is next.
Stimulant (cocaine, speed, meth) Withdrawal Symptoms
Detoxification for stimulant use generally consists of discomfort and flu-like symptoms and the need for rests and sleeps. Specific medications can be given to help reduce these symptoms.
Medications are sometimes prescribed to help prevent relapses:
The above non-addicting drugs, in combination with counseling and treatment greatly enhance one's chances of maintaining abstinence. Long-term recovery depends on your desire to be sober and your willingness to grow and change.
Without the understanding and help of the Lasting Recovery staff I don’t know whether I would have been able to get off of pain meds. Every day, I live with pain (physically) however, with the tools I learned here I am able to live a happy and pill-free life.
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