Withdrawal: The Painful Process of Leaving


Withdrawal is the painful process of leaving. People go through it when they stop taking drugs that are addictive, like heroin or methamphetamines. It can also happen to people who stop smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. When a person stops using these substances, they might feel really bad. You might feel sick when you stop doing the drug. This depends on what drug you used and how much you used it.

What is Withdrawal?


Withdrawl is a departure from an addictive substance, such as drugs or alcohol. This can be due to prescribed medications for chronic pain control and/or mental health disorders. Withdrawal symptoms occur due to chemical changes that happen after stopping the use of substances. This can be dangerous when stopping some medications without consulting a doctor.

Types of Withdrawal


  • Withdrawal from alcohol: This can cause flu-like symptoms and seizures, as well as increased heart rate. Doctors say that it is very dangerous for people to stop drinking alcohol. This can be dangerous because they might have had problems in the past. They need to talk to a doctor first.
  • Withdrawal from opioids: This often comes with emotional and physical discomfort such as vomiting, nausea/cramping, diarrhea, muscle aches, chills, increased heart rate, and blood pressure.
  • Withdrawal from benzodiazepines: This commonly occurs after taking the medication for a long time to treat anxiety or sleep disorders. It can cause seizures, life-threatening respiratory depression, and shock that require immediate medical attention.
  • Withdrawal from benzodiazepines/tranquilizers: This can cause anxiety, seizures, and shakiness. It also causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation.
  • Withdrawal from barbiturates: This causes cramps, insomnia/anxiety with vivid dreams when taken for a long time. This often occurs after taking the medication for 30 days consecutively in high dosage.
  • Withdrawal from stimulants: This includes amphetamines, cocaine, and caffeine withdrawal. This can cause fatigue or insomnia, mood swings/depression with general discomforts such as headache and muscle tension/pain.

Symptoms Of Withdrawal

There are some common symptoms that one may experience when withdrawing from addictive substances. They include:


  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Fatigue/sleepiness
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Muscle cramps, aches, and twitches
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Feeling scared for no reason (paranoia)
  • Trouble sleeping *Vivid dreams*
  • Numbness in extremities *Shakiness*
  • Cold flashes with goosebumps
  • A feeling of burning up
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Sweating
  • Muscle tension
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Delirium tremens
  • High blood pressure
  • Low body temperature

Death is possible if withdrawal isn’t properly managed. It’s important to seek medical attention immediately if experiencing any of these side effects.

How To Identify Withdrawal?

One of the most important things in addiction is to identify if someone has withdrawal. The reason for this is it’s easy to take away the substance and leave them alone. They will not hurt themselves. If someone has withdrawal symptoms when they stop doing something, it is best to go to treatment. It will only get worse as time passes until they die or get seriously hurt. This could lead towards the end result of not being able to control their using habits. Drugs can affect people in different ways. Meth addicts have a bad time when they stop taking the drug. They feel cold and their skin might turn red and blotchy. Heroin users might experience spasms and vomit. Alcoholics might have high blood pressure levels along with nausea. Cigarettes cause different effects from the nicotine that has been in someone’s body for a long time.

So, it can be hard to know if someone has withdrawal because there are so many different drugs out there. Drugs affect people differently. It depends on how often they use them and other factors like their age, weight, or health conditions. Some people manage well when they quit. Some people don’t have to go through what seems hard. They can quit things like drugs or alcohol during this time without having any pain.

What To Do?

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It is important to seek medical attention if withdrawing from any drug or medication that can be addictive and/or dangerous when coming off of it without assistance. It’s extremely unsafe for those with a history of addiction (alcohol, drugs, etc.) to stop taking these medications on their own as the withdrawal symptoms may cause seizures and even death. If you are experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms after stopping one of these types of medications, call 911 immediately. While waiting for help to arrive:

  • Eat small and frequent meals: The stomach needs to be nourished in order for the body to not go into shock.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water or sports drinks (Gatorade, Powerade) to prevent dehydration and overheating.
  • Get extra rest: Although it’s hard because withdrawal can cause insomnia, sleep is extremely important when coming off these medications. Without proper rest, while withdrawing from drugs/medications, delirium tremens can occur which causes confusion and even death if untreated properly. It may take days or weeks for physical symptoms of withdrawal to subside but emotional symptoms will last longer than that unless treatment is sought after immediately once they start showing up during the withdrawal process.

Withdrawal is not a painful process as long as you handle it properly. With the right medical attention, support from family and friends, and a lot of rest, you can manage your withdrawal phase easily so that you get your life back without any addiction to these medications anymore!


It may be hard for some to believe but there are medications out there to help people withdraw from certain drugs like heroin, alcohol, and other similar types of medication. These withdrawal medications can cut down on the length of time that an individual is in pain or discomfort when their body is going through withdrawals after stopping the use of these types of substances abruptly without tapering off beforehand. If you have tried using another type of drug before that was not prescribed by a doctor with no success- it’s best for your health if you seek medical attention immediately so they can prescribe the right kind of medication needed during this process. Some common ones include methadone, buprenorphine (Suboxone), Subutex/Zubsolv, and naltrexone (Vivitrol) but there are other types as well that can be used during withdrawal such as clonidine, gabapentin, lofexidine, etc.

How Long Does Inpatient Rehabilitation Last?

Inpatient rehab is usually 24 hours or more per day over about 90 days (three months). Some inpatient stays are shorter if there is not much hope for recovery due to low motivation, high denial levels, etc. Many people who enter inpatient treatment do well with close supervision because they really need this level of care at first. Most inpatient facilities provide both individual therapy along group therapy sessions during specified times when everyone meets together (such as daily at 12:00 pm). Inpatient rehab is often a good choice for those who have been addicted to alcohol or drugs and need close monitoring of their health, medications, etc.

Inpatient rehabilitation centers help people overcome substance abuse by providing an environment where they can recover from the addiction without being exposed to anything that would make them want to use again. It also gives addicts time away from any distractions at home so they can focus on what really matters- getting well! Patients in these facilities are able to receive both group and individual therapy daily (or even more than one session per day if needed) which helps give them the tools necessary when reentering society after treatment has ended. These sessions allow patients to work through any issues that may arise later down the road before they have a chance to relapse and use again.

How Long Does It Take To Withdraw From Drugs?

It depends on the drug itself along with how often it was used before stopping abruptly- which is not recommended by medical professionals due to the increased risk of seizures or even death if someone tries this method without first consulting a doctor beforehand. Heroin usually takes about five days while alcohol only takes three because they affect different areas in the brain after use whereas heroin affects more receptors than alcohol does overall. Cigarettes take just one day for nicotine withdrawals but around two weeks for craving levels to return to normal after quitting abruptly.

When Can I Go Home From Rehab?

Although it is best if alcoholics or addicts are able to complete rehab, the length of stay varies depending on many factors including:

  • Drugs/ medications used
  • Length of addiction(s)

Health problems that may occur during withdrawal (seizures, etc.) If you are suffering from severe side effects upon entering into an inpatient rehabilitation facility such as seizures, delirium tremens which cause confusion and hallucinations- medical staff will keep you there until your condition has stabilized before releasing you back home. The average time for this type of care is usually around six weeks but can last up to 90 days with proper treatment methods being used.

Best Tips To Help Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Although it may be difficult at first, there are things that can help make the process of withdrawal go more smoothly and for a shorter period of time (such as physical activity like exercise or yoga).
  • It’s also important to eat healthy foods during this time because no one wants their body running on empty while trying to get through withdrawals- especially if they’re experiencing nausea from other meds taken before stopping such as benzos or even opioids!
  • Sleeping well is still crucial even though it might be hard due to insomnia but taking melatonin supplements should do the trick every once in a while when needed without making someone feel groggy throughout the day.
  • Talking with family members/ friends about what you’re going through and why it’s happening is also important to get them on your side for support.


Withdrawal is a horrible experience that many people have gone through, and it’s important to know how to avoid withdrawal. However, the only way you can do this is by getting help for your addiction right away. Our team at Mantra Care wants to help you get back on track with our treatment programs. We offer both inpatient and outpatient services so we may be able to find what works best for you based on your individual needs. If you’re struggling or if someone close to you has an addiction problem, contact us today!

By now you should have a better understanding of how withdrawal works and what type of medications are used during the process. If there is any advice that was not mentioned in this article, feel free to let others know about it!

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