Narcotics Withdrawal

Narcotic medications can have many benefits when they are used as prescribed, but those suffering from addiction can face many major challenges. Detoxing from a narcotic is the first step to recovery, but a successful recovery program involves treatment that goes far beyond the initial detox process. Thankfully, a stay at an inpatient rehab facility can help make narcotics withdrawal manageable for addicts so they can then focus on deeper drug treatment in order to achieve long-term recovery.

Managing Narcotics Withdrawal

Narcotics withdrawal will vary depending on the nature of the specific addiction. If you haven’t been abusing narcotics for that long a period of time, your withdrawal symptoms may be mild. Those who have been abusing narcotics for quite a while or in high doses may experience intense and highly uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms vary according to the specific narcotic in question but may include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain
  • Tremors
  • Stomach pain
  • Sweating
  • Weight loss
  • Wild mood swings
  • Inability to sleep
  • Fever
  • Intestinal issues

If you detox from narcotics in a rehab program, you will be under medical supervision throughout the process. In some circumstances, medications may be given to help wean the addict off the narcotics, thereby mitigating some of the more intense withdrawal symptoms. At holistic detox centers, withdrawal symptoms may be controlled through natural means, such as through the intake of supplements and natural herbs as well as through diet, exercise and meditation.

Narcotics Addiction Treatment Beyond Withdrawal

Beyond the withdrawal phase, it’s important to address the underlying causes of your narcotics addiction. Some individuals begin abusing narcotics innocently enough. Their doctor prescribed them pain medication following a surgery or accident. They continued taking the medication and their body formed a dependency on it. This dependency then led to an unintentional addiction.

Others may have started abusing narcotics intentionally. They may have tried them recreationally at a party and enjoyed the feelings they brought. As a result, they continued to seek out the drugs, stealing pills from friends’ prescriptions bottles or even purchasing them on the streets.

Regardless of the initial cause of the narcotics addiction, rehab will help you address the root causes of your addiction. You’ll work through addiction issues in both group and one-on-one therapy, learning coping mechanisms to help you avoid turning back to drugs in the future.

Contact us today for more information on narcotics treatment programs in California. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

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