Addictive substances have always played a role in human life, at least since the dawn of civilizations. Whether your drinking alcohol, injecting opioids, or taking anything else that your body can develop a dependency for, addiction can be all too easy to stumble into. Each of the addictive substances you find will come with its own withdrawal symptoms and path to recovery. To give you an idea of the scope of this, this article will be exploring some of the most common substance addictions throughout the world, along with their withdrawal timelines.
Alcohol is one of the most common addictive substances consumed around the world. The first signs of withdrawal from alcohol will start within as little as a few hours after the last drink you’ve had, peaking within 24 to 48 hours. During this window, those with a serious addiction to alcohol can be at risk of going into seizures, though anxiety, shaky hands, headaches, nausea, insomnia, and sweating are more common symptoms of this type of withdrawal. Some alcohol addicts will also suffer from delirium tremens between 48 and 72 hours after their last drink.
Opioids come in many different forms, from the well-known and highly illegal heroin to medications that are used in hospitals, like morphine. Withdrawal will usually start 8 to 24 hours after your last hit of a substance like this, lasting an average of 4 to 10 days. Symptoms for this type of withdrawal can start as muscle aches, lacrimation, anxiety, inability to sleep, regular yawning, and restlessness. After the first day or so, though, this can turn into vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, high blood pressure, and even blurry vision.
Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium, and Ativan can come with some very nasty withdrawal symptoms. They will begin within 1 – 4 days after the last dose, reaching their peak within 2 weeks. Without the right treatment and support, though, protracted withdrawal from Benzos can last for several years. Agoraphobia, abdominal cramps, anxiety, depression, headaches, and dizziness are just a handful of the symptoms that can come with the type of withdrawal, with many patients experiencing a wide range when they go through this process.
Getting Help Through Withdrawal
Getting help with withdrawal can make the process of getting your life back on track much easier. Here at Oasis Recovery, we can support and guide you through your recovery, providing the tools to ensure that your withdrawal symptoms are as easy to cope with as possible. Alongside this, though, it could also be worth talking to your doctor, ensuring that you’re taking the right route based on the substance that you’ve been struggling with.
Withdrawal is always one of the hardest parts of overcoming substance addiction. No matter how hard you work, these symptoms will always stand in your way, and you will have to work hard to get through them. Thankfully, though, you have a lot of support available, and society is getting much better at dealing with issues like this in a compassionate way.