Different substances will cause different symptoms of withdrawal; a patient’s withdrawal symptoms will also vary depending on the extent and duration of the addiction.
Alcohol, for example, is a difficult substance to withdraw from: Sweating, anxiety, shaking and even seizures are common during the withdrawal process. For some individuals, a serious condition called delirium tremens may develop. The severe agitation, hallucination and confusion associated with this condition require prompt medical attention.
Opiate withdrawal can be an uncomfortable process, but it is rarely dangerous. Some common symptoms of opiate withdrawal are rapid heartbeat, insomnia, nausea and vomiting. Cocaine and crystal meth can cause intense feelings of depression during withdrawal, and some people may suffer from hallucinations. The early hours of withdrawal can be intense, and it’s not uncommon to experience psychotic episodes or suicidal thoughts. The medical professionals at a detox center are trained to handle the needs of patients during this difficult period, and their first priority is to keep patients stable. Once a patient has been stabilized, they can focus on making the patient comfortable as they work through the detox process.