Sobriety is an ongoing effort, and the symptoms of withdrawal are treated at a partial hospitalization addiction treatment center through detox. Although the detox process will help manage the initial withdrawal symptoms of anyone who has been abusing drugs and alcohol, there are symptoms that come later. These symptoms aren’t nearly as painful or uncomfortable, and it’s called post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) can happen months after a person stopped drinking or using, and it’s important to be prepared for them if they arise.
Detox at a Partial Hospitalization Addiction Treatment Center
When you stop drinking or using drugs, your body goes through withdrawal. Depending on your physiological makeup as well as what substances you were using and how often, the detox process can vary from person to person, and so can the symptoms of withdrawal.
Your body experiences a variety of different symptoms like nausea, anxiety and flu-like symptoms when you stop drinking or using because it’s trying to regain equilibrium. Certain chemicals were being introduced to your body on a regular basis that are no longer there, so the body is trying to figure out what’s going on.
A reputable partial hospitalization addiction treatment center will help you through detoxification by providing you with medical supervision to ensure your heartrate and blood pressure are under control. In an effort to reduce your symptoms of withdrawal, a partial hospitalization addiction treatment center will use non-narcotic medications that trick the brain into thinking that you’re still drinking and using, or they can provide you with a holistic detoxification, which doesn’t use medications.
What is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)?
Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) may happen while you’re still in addiction treatment, or it can come much later. It happens due to the damage that’s been done to the nervous system from when you were abusing drugs or alcohol. The symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) can also arise from simply dealing with life on life’s terms. Your mind has been trained to turn to drugs or alcohol whenever you didn’t like the way you felt, so your mind is trying to learn a new way to cope.
The following symptoms can last up to six months:
- Problems thinking clearly
- Emotional highs and lows
- Problems sleeping
- Sensitivity to stress
- Problems remembering things
If you’re ready to kick your addiction to drugs or alcohol, allow a professional addiction treatment center like Safe Harbour Recovery to help you throughout the process. Not only will we be there for you while you go through detoxification and rehabilitation, but we encourage all of our clients to follow up with us for the months following their discharge. We’ll be there for you long after you leave to help you manage whatever symptoms may arise. Call us today.