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Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

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What you need to Know

Are you aware of the fact that there are two stages of withdrawal? Many people don’t understand this, and instead believe that the entire process “runs together.”

The Acute Stage

The first stage is known as the “acute stage,” which typically lasts a couple of weeks at the most. It is common to experience physical withdrawal symptoms during this stage, however, this will not last an extended period of time.

The Post-Accute Stage

The second stage of withdrawal is often times referred to as Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome or PAWS. During this stage you will not be faced with as many physical symptoms as the acute stage, but you can expect to face more serious psychological and emotional symptoms.

During this stage many people begin to feel that something is wrong, but in all actuality these symptoms are a result of the brain chemistry returning to normal.

Physical Symptoms

The physical symptoms associated with the acute stage of withdrawal can and will vary from one person to the next. The symptoms of post-acute withdrawal, on the other hand, are almost always the same in each person. These include:

  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Low energy
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating

During the beginning phases of post-acute withdrawal, symptoms can change from day to day. As you move past this, the severity of symptoms will continue to decline slowly but surely.

Length of Symptoms

It is important to note that post-acute withdrawal episodes have the tendency to last for several days at a time. Making this even more complicated is the fact that you will not be able to pinpoint what triggers the episode. Instead, you simply have to deal with this as it comes up.

As unfortunate as it may be, post-acute withdrawal can last up to two years. If you want to get through this as a means of getting your life back on track, you should familiarize yourself with what to expect and realize that it is going to take many months of ups and downs.

Medical Detox and Rehabilitation Centers

With the help of a reputable drug rehab facility, you can prepare for Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome and receive advice on how to best cope with this challenge.

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