Bayside Marin is a premier rehabilitation center dedicated to the treatment of drug addiction in California. Bayside Marin blends evidence-based treatments with alternative, holistic modalities to comprehensively treat all aspects of our client’s life.
Causes of drug withdrawal
There are countless reasons why individuals begin experimenting with the use of substances. Whether it be heroin, cocaine, meth, marijuana, prescription medications, or alcohol, the abuse of any of these drugs serves a very specific purpose for the individuals who consume them. Whether that purpose is to dull inner emotional turmoil, to provide an escape from the world around them, or simply to elicit a high that makes them feel good, substance abuse fills a void in the lives of many. Yet, once this behavior has begun, it can be exceedingly difficult to overcome on one’s own with treatment or rehab.
Regardless of the type of substance that a person is abusing, the longer that abuse continues, the more likely it is that he or she will develop a tolerance to the drug. In other words, as a person ingests more of a particular substance, his or her system will become accustomed to its presence, therefore requiring that the dosage that is taken or the frequency with which it is taken be increased in order for the individual to feel the same pleasurable effects he or she is seeking. With some substances, once this tolerance has developed, a physical dependence on the substance may closely follow. When this has occurred, and then a person attempts to stop consuming his or her drug of choice, he or she will likely experience a tumultuous period of withdrawal. This withdrawal period occurs as a person’s body struggles to resume functioning in the manner that it did prior to the introduction of substances.
For some individuals, the period of withdrawal can be stressful and uncomfortable while, for others, it can be fatal. Depending on the particular substance that one is withdrawing from, the things that he or she experiences during this time will vary, but all will cause significant strife to arise in his or her life, placing his or her overall wellbeing at risk.
Due to the discomfort that the period of withdrawal induces, many people find themselves returning to the use of their substances of choice, if for no other reason than to find relief from the distress they are experiencing. And this, unfortunately, causes the cycle of substance abuse and addiction to continue without seeking treatment or rehab.
Signs of drug withdrawal
The type of substance that a person is abusing will determine the types of withdrawal symptoms that he or she experiences. Additionally, the length of time that the abuse of that substance has occurred, along with the frequency with which it was used, can also impact the type of severity of withdrawal symptoms that present. Examples of various symptoms that may indicate that someone is withdrawing from drugs or alcohol may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Accelerated heart rate
- Bone pain
- Runny nose
- Muscle pain
- Teary/watery eyes
- Lethargy / Fatigue
- Stomach cramping
- Changes in appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Vision problems
- Weight changes
- Dysregulated body temperature
- Noticeable shifts in mood
- Self-harming behaviors
- Suicidal ideation
- Memory impairment
- Poor concentration
- Shakiness or tremors
- Overwhelming cravings for one’s substance of choice
If you suspect that you or a loved one are suffering from drug or alcohol withdrawal, contact emergency medical personnel immediately.
Why seek treatment for drug addiction at Bayside Marin in California
Seeking treatment for an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol is imperative for any number of reasons. First and foremost, when individuals are abusing a substance or multiple substances, they are at risk for experiencing countless negative ramifications on both their physical and their mental health. Additionally, relationships can suffer, careers can crumble, and families can be torn apart. Furthermore, the longer that individuals continue to abuse substances, the higher their risk for experiencing an overdose becomes, which has the potential to be fatal. For these reasons and more, receiving comprehensive care that is designed to help individuals overcome their addictions can mean the difference between life and death.
While there are many types of treatment methods that have proven to be successful at helping individuals who are battling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, residential treatment is often thought to be one of the most successful in helping people achieve long-lasting sobriety. By entering into residential treatment, individuals are able to safely undergo medically-monitored detoxification, or detox, where their bodies become cleared of any and all dangerous substances, ultimately helping to ease the discomfort of withdrawal and preventing the onset of cravings from deterring the treatment process. Once detox is complete, individuals then have the clarity of mind necessary for engaging in a variety of other helpful therapeutic interventions.
At Bayside Marin’s rehab center in California, we recognize how devastating it can be to struggle with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, and we know how intimidating it can be to seek treatment. We applaud your bravery and want you to know that by choosing our center as the place to heal, you will be offered fully comprehensive care that is tailored to meet each and every one of your unique needs. If you or a loved one is suffering from the compulsion to abuse drugs and/or alcohol, please do not hesitate to contact us today.