Drug Alcohol Detox: Addiction Intervention Now

The drug alcohol detox process is perhaps the most physically and emotionally stressful aspect of recovery for individuals that have been suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction. After weeks, months or years, depending on the substance, the body starts to rely on the drug and side effects appear once that substance is no longer being consumed. Depending upon the particular substance abused, an individual may face any number of these side effects referred to as withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can be viewed as an addict’s body punishing them for not giving it what it needs — the drugs or alcohol.

Common withdrawal symptoms associated with drug and alcohol detox include:

  • Sweating or hot flashes
  • Problems breathing or tightness in the chest
  • Stomach problems (vomiting, diarrhea, nausea)
  • Muscle tremors
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium Tremors (DTs)
  • Major seizures

Drug alcohol detox is also accompanied by emotional withdrawal symptoms, for example:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression (severe)
  • Insomnia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Inability to concentrate