Addiction and Withdrawal

Addiction and Withdrawal

Abusing drugs or alcohol on a regular basis directly impacts the functioning of the body and brain.
As a dependence on the substance being abused is developed, a greater level of tolerance over time also occurs. This causes an addict to use more and more alcohol or drugs to experience the same effect as when he or she first started using. When and if the drugs or alcohol are withheld, the body and brain respond with a range of unpleasant physical and mental symptoms, since they have come to rely on these substances to function.

Addiction and Withdrawal

Depending on the type of substance and the quantities used, alcohol and drug withdrawal symptoms may range from mild to severe, and on occasion, can be potentially life-threatening. Physical and mental symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Shakiness
  • Confusion
  • Edginess and anxiety
  • Seeing, hearing and feeling things that are not there
  • Drenching sweats
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures

Alcohol and drug withdrawals are generally complex and unpredictable, so withdrawal must be done under medical supervision to be both safe and effective, and to minimize the discomfort and symptoms that can ensue.

A Medically-Managed Detox Process

Perhaps the most critical part of recovering from addiction is the re-balancing of the brain’s chemistry through the detoxification process. Detoxification is the process of allowing the body to rid itself of a drug while managing the symptoms of withdrawal.

At White Sands Treatment Center, our certified medical staff combines medical expertise and experience with compassion and support as they monitor and assist each client through the detox process. Their priority is to ensure that each patient is as comfortable as possible as they transition out of the disease of substance addiction and abuse, and into the process of recovery and renewed hope.