No one sets out with the goal of developing a drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction is a disease that most people don’t understand. Bringing addiction to an end involves much more than just deciding to do so. This is partly because the symptoms of drug withdrawal can be so severe that people will do almost anything to avoid them, including continuing to use.
The Cycle of Addiction
Although we now know that addiction is a disease, scientists and doctors still aren’t 100% sure what causes it. What they do know is that it often arises as a result of hereditary, environmental and mental health factors. The severity depends on the substance, the age when the individual began using, the length of the addiction as well as additional factors such as other diagnoses and the person’s support system.
Most people start using out of curiosity, due to peer pressure, to numb pain or to achieve a sense of euphoria or escape. Many will never develop an addiction, even in spite of long-term use. However, those who do will find that their life becomes an endless process of craving, scoring, using and once again craving that makes up the cycle of addiction. Most individuals suffering from addiction genuinely want to quit and may try to go cold turkey on their own. Many who try this discover that the symptoms of drug withdrawal are too uncomfortable and they end up going back to using merely to make the symptoms go away. The cycle can stop at a Costa Mesa CA drug addiction treatment program.
What Are the Symptoms of Drug Withdrawal?
Each person is unique, and people experience drug withdrawal in many ways. Each person's experience depends on the substance he or she uses and the severity of the addiction. Nevertheless, there are several common symptoms of drug withdrawal that most people experience:
- Twitching, spasming muscles and coordination difficulties
- Feelings of skin crawling
- Digestive symptoms including nausea and diarrhea
- Trembling, shaking and sweating
- Mood swings and feelings of anger, agitation, anxiety, paranoia, and despondency
Attempting to get beyond these physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms can be extremely difficult and even dangerous. That is why experts recommend that anyone with addiction receive professional help at a drug or alcohol residential addiction treatment center in Orange County.
How Clear Life Recovery Can Help
Clear Life Recovery is a full-service drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in the Costa Mesa, California. Our staff has the knowledge and experience to help you understand the symptoms of drug withdrawal and fight your addiction on every level. All the while, we treat you with the respect you deserve.
At Clear Life Recovery, you aren’t a number or a faceless client. We get to know you as an individual, crafting a multi-tiered treatment program to promote sustainable, healthy recovery. You can expect to find the following features:
- On-site, fully supervised medical detox
- Comprehensive evaluation to determine the most effective treatment plan
- Evidence-based addiction therapy
- Individual, group and family counseling
- Outpatient support with an emphasis on IOP and PHP programs
Addiction is a disease that can take over your entire life and leave you feeling powerless to banish it on your own. Call our Orange County substance abuse treatment center, Clear Life Recovery, today at 866-261-7291, and let us give you the tools that you can use to recover from the symptoms of drug withdrawal and build a stable, happy and healthy drug-free future.