Although withdrawing from drugs alone is not recommended, many individuals do so in a bid to keep their drug use, abuse and addiction a secret.
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What Is Withdrawal?
Defined as the process in which an individual quits or stops using drugs , withdrawals are typically only experienced when a drug addiction arises.
Although withdrawals alleviate within several weeks, the effects of withdrawals can be long-term, especially when drug addiction treatment is overlooked.
Though, as touched on above, many individuals choose to progress through the withdrawal process alone, doing so ultimately increases the risk of relapse.
Drug Withdrawal Symptoms
While drug withdrawal symptoms are contingent on the drug consumed, physical and psychological, withdrawal symptoms are typically encountered shortly after an individual stops consuming drugs.
Physical drug withdrawal symptoms commonly experienced include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Hot and cold flushes
- Nausea and sickness
- Persistent headaches
- Aches and pains
- Muscle cramps
- Increased heart rate
- High blood pressure
Though these particular withdrawal symptoms reduce gradually without medical intervention, many withdrawal symptoms require immediate medical treatment. These include heart attack, stroke, seizures and delirium tremens.
A severe form of withdrawal , delirium tremens, can be fatal and are experienced by approximately 30% of people who withdraw from drugs alone. 
Psychological drug withdrawal symptoms often encountered include:
- Reduced cognitive function
Unfortunately, psychological withdrawal symptoms impair an individual’s mental state and are associated with an increased number of suicide attempts.
The Stages Of Drug Addiction Withdrawal
Irrespective of whether drug withdrawal symptoms are mild or severe, the stages of drug addiction withdrawal greatly vary.
For example, heroin and opioid drug withdrawal symptoms often start 8 hours after drugs were last consumed and last for up to 10 days . In contrast, cocaine withdrawal symptoms will occur rapidly  and can be experienced for up to  10 weeks.
Treatment For Drug Withdrawal Symptoms
Due to the severity of frequently experienced drug withdrawal symptoms, withdrawing from drugs independently without medical assistance is not recommended, nor is it safe. In contrast, withdrawing from drugs in a rehab facility is safe and successfully initiates the recovery process.
To treat drug withdrawal symptoms and addictions, medically induced detoxifications, one-to-one psychological therapy and medication are typically encountered. However, as no one addiction is the same, treatments are customised to the needs of each individual.
It is initiated to reduce the severity of the physical and psychological effects that come hand-in-hand with drug use, medically induced detoxifications are overseen by doctors and nurses.
Though medically induced detoxifications are entirely safe, drug withdrawal symptoms are often experienced. To reduce the symptoms experienced and make the withdrawal process much more comfortable, medications can be prescribed.
Additional Drug Addiction Treatment
Although medically induced detoxifications successfully eliminate drugs from the body and brain and ensure that physical recovery can be achieved, detoxification alone does not guarantee that long-term recovery can be maintained.
To ensure that recovery can be maintained, various other treatments are administered. These treatments include, but are not limited to, the following:
The treatments outlined above are typically provided to individuals that attend an inpatient rehab for drug withdrawal treatment. Customised to the needs of each individual, it is not uncommon for drug addiction treatments to be combined and incorporated into a personalised treatment programme.
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Whether you have developed a cannabis addiction, cocaine addiction, or heroin addiction, you must secure treatment as soon as possible if you are currently experiencing any of the drug withdrawal symptoms noted above.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although many pre-existing mental health disorders are ignited by the withdrawal process, withdrawing from drugs can also give way to mental health disorders.
-  process in which an individual quits or stops using drugs - https://adf.org.au/reducing-risk/withdrawal/
-  severe form of withdrawal - https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000766.htm
-  approximately 30% of people who withdraw from drugs alone. - https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/delirium-tremens
-  drug withdrawal symptoms start - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64116/
-  after drugs were last consumed - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64116/
-  start 8 hours after drugs were last consumed and last for up to 10 days - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK310652/
-  cocaine withdrawal symptoms will occur rapidly - https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/drugtreat-pubs-modpsy-toc~drugtreat-pubs-modpsy-3~drugtreat-pubs-modpsy-3-7~drugtreat-pubs-modpsy-3-7-cws
-  can be experienced for up to - https://oxfordtreatment.com/substance-abuse/cocaine/withdrawal/
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