Drug withdrawal written on a paper. Addiction concept.

Drug withdrawal is a complex process that the body has to go through to break dependence. It can feel like it is impossible for those with addiction and dependence to stop using, no matter how much you want to do so. That’s because of the way the brain and body become dependent on these substances when you use them enough.

Yet, it is possible to work through drug withdrawal symptoms when you enter treatment. At America’s Rehab Campuses, we provide highly effective treatment designed to stop the symptoms you have and encourage you to heal through treatment and long-term recovery.

What Are Common Withdrawal Symptoms?

Withdrawal symptoms are often specific to a person’s usage and the type of drug. Those who have used for a longer period of time or used a larger amount of these substances are more likely to suffer more intense symptoms.

The type of drug you’ve been using can also play a role in the symptoms you have. For example, the National Library of Medicine states that withdrawal symptoms commonly experienced with opioids and opiates include:

  • Agitation
  • Muscle aches
  • Sweating
  • Runny noise
  • Anxiety
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea and vomiting

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms differ. They may include:

  • Restless behavior
  • Vivid and unpleasant dreams
  • Increased appetite
  • Slow moving or slowed activity
  • Depression
  • Feeling ill or uncomfortable

How Long Does It Take to Go Through Withdrawal?

There is no way to speed up the withdrawal process. It is up to the body to rid itself of all of the components of the drugs. After the body detoxes, the brain begins to adjust and re-learn how to function without the presence of the substances. Detox does not cure addiction, but it does help you to gain control over your use again.

The longer a person has used the drug, the type of drug, and the type of treatment they receive can impact the overall length of detox. Here are some timelines expected based on the type of drug used:

  • Opioid withdrawal: Most short-acting opioids such as heroin see the onset of withdrawal within 8 to 24 hours. It can last up to 10 days. For longer-acting opioids, such as methadone, withdrawal symptoms typically begin at 2 to 4 days. It can last up to 10 days.
  • Alcohol withdrawal: Most often, a person with an alcohol dependence begins to see the onset of withdrawal within 24 to 72 hours of having a drink. Delirium sets in at about 48 to 72 hours, and overall withdrawal lasts for up to 8 days.
  • Benzo withdrawal: Drugs like Valium and Xanax cause dependence. A person may feel withdrawal 1 to 4 days after stopping their use, and it can last for up to 2 weeks.

In addition to this, the health of your body plays a role in this withdrawal timeline. If you have a slow metabolism due to health problems, that can slow down the detox process. If you have damage to the kidneys or liver, that can also cause a slow down of withdrawal.

How to Get Treatment for Addiction and Dependence

If you feel withdrawal symptoms, that means your body has developed a dependence on the substance. It is necessary to reach out to a treatment center for help. It’s not likely that you will be able to stop using drugs on your own without significant pain and discomfort.

A treatment center can help you in multiple ways:

  • Get help in a drug-free environment where you are not tempted to use again.
  • Have medical support for any symptoms you feel as your body works through the detox process.
  • Have access to medications that can help to make the withdrawal process easier.
  • Get help from holistic treatments that can help to speed up your body’s healing process.
  • Find the support you need to work through what’s happened to you through therapy.

America’s Rehab Campuses are available to help you find the right type of help for your needs. Learn more about our medical detox program, which can help you work through withdrawal safely and with less pain and fewer cravings. Then, step into inpatient treatment for the one-on-one support you need to achieve long-term recovery.