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Coping with Withdrawal Symptoms

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Whether you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, coping with withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to say the least. For some it is too difficult to go through this period on their own, they are unsuccessful at making it past this point and end up relapsing. The best way to cope with withdrawal symptoms is to redirect your attention from the substance you’ve abused to a healthy choice.

If you have gone through the withdrawal period in the past you know just how difficult it can be. Unless you have relapsed, you also know that these feelings do not last forever. Getting past the first weeks will be the most difficult, but once the withdrawal symptoms begin to fade you will feel in control once again, able to take on the world.

Common Symptoms of Withdrawal

Drugs and alcohol take away your ability to think clearly, it can seem at times that you are unable to exercise good judgement as your thoughts are clouded by the urge to use again. During the beginning stages of withdrawal your brain will try to rationalize why you should use drugs or alcohol, as it is in a struggle to find comfort. Common symptoms of withdrawal often include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional instability
  • Flu-like symptoms: weakness, body aches and headaches
  • Heightened mental and emotional state
  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Irritability
  • Lack of or increased appetite
  • Restlessness or insomnia
  • Sweating, hot flashes
  • Strong cravings to use

These symptoms do not need to lead to relapse. With the right support and coping strategies you can make it through, overcoming addiction, beating withdrawal and going on to live a more fulfilling life in recovery.

Coping Strategies

Everyone reacts differently to coping strategies. There is no own size fits all and they need to go according to the individuals personal needs. Here are some coping strategies that may help you in making it through the withdrawal period.

  • Physical activities like exercising and yoga, can help to take your mind off using and help you to find peace.
  • Take on a hobby, this can help to take your mind off using and put your energy into something more constructive that you enjoy.
  • Support systems of family and friends, support groups such as AA and NA, can help offer you encouragement and help throughout your recovery.
  • Prepare for withdrawal symptoms, knowing what to expect can help you get through.
  • Withdrawal medications to help treat symptoms of withdrawal can take the bite out of withdrawal and allow you to gradually overcome these symptoms while your body is being cleansed of the chemicals and toxins.

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