Drug withdrawal technically starts immediately after the last time an individual takes a drink or drug. Depending on the type of drug and how long and frequently they have been using, symptoms can begin to surface anywhere between an hour to a few days after the last ingestion.
The initial detox symptoms can vary in time and intensity, and most addicts report that withdrawal symptoms will begin 6 to 12 hours after their last dose, peaking within 1 to 3 days, and gradually subsiding over 5 to 7 days.
• Headaches Nausea / Vomiting
• Shaky Hands / Extremities
• Confusion / Disorientation
• Aural / Visual
• Delirium Tremens ** Delirium tremens, also known as “the DTs”, is also a very common condition associated with alcohol withdrawal. It is the psychotic condition as a result of alcohol withdrawal characterized by tremors, hallucinations, high anxiety, disorientation and seizures
There is no definitive schedule for drug withdrawal, and it can be an uncomfortable time. Impatience can lead to relapse, so it’s important to consider detox or consulting your physician before you quit cold turkey.
Remember that abstaining from drugs is just the beginning, and for true addicts or alcoholics, a long-term care plan is oftentimes needed to prevent relapse. For more information about drug withdrawal or detox, call us at (888)357-7577.