Ongoing or regular use of drugs or alcohol eventually leads to harmful, sometimes irreversible effects on your physical and psychological health. The first step in many comprehensive addiction treatment programs is to complete detox. Detox is a vital process that helps to cleanse your body from the effects of any remaining substances. Without detox, it can be challenging and, for some, impossible to actively engage in the therapeutic aspects of a holistic addiction treatment program. Detoxing and its accompanying withdrawal symptoms are not often easy. Sometimes, the journey can lead to unpleasant and potentially dangerous side effects. The most severe withdrawal symptoms are one of the most important reasons to avoid detoxing from drugs and alcohol “cold turkey” or without help from a professional detox program in Spokane, Washington.
During detoxification, your body must learn to perform all of its vital (often life-sustaining) functions again without the influence or help of substances. There are circumstances when detoxing from substances can be dangerous. This is especially true when detoxing from drugs like opioids and benzodiazepines and from alcohol. While using drugs or drinking alcohol, your body becomes accustomed to, even dependent on, functioning with a certain amount of substances circulating throughout the body. Your organs and brain will change how they work to actively accommodate substances every day and attempt to flush toxic chemicals from the body each day. When you begin to detox, your body is deprived of the substances it craves, leading to withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal from amphetamines usually begins within a few hours after the last use. The symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal typically peak between one and two days after the last dose. Most users experience a “crash” in the very early stages of detox and a more extended withdrawal period. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms connected to amphetamines can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
There are several types of benzodiazepines. The type and severity of withdrawal symptoms will depend, at least to some degree, on the type of drug used. Most symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal typically present between one and four days after you last used them. However, for certain “short-acting” benzos like Xanax, withdrawal symptoms may begin in as little as ten hours. During the first few days of benzo detox, those who use Benzodiazepines to address and manage anxiety symptoms may experience something called a “rebound” effect. This occurs when the symptoms of your condition worsen when you stop using the drug. Benzo withdrawal symptoms generally peak around two weeks; however, they can last for months.
Depending on the substance, the first withdrawal symptoms generally appear within six hours after your last dose. In general, withdrawal symptoms are present for one to two weeks. The duration of withdrawal depends on various factors, including the specific substance and the severity of your addiction.
Cocaine is a powerful drug; however, it has a short half-life. This means the amount of time cocaine remains active in the body is short. It also means the time it takes for withdrawal symptoms to start is also very short. While withdrawal from many other drugs begins within 8-12 hours, cocaine withdrawal effects start in as few as 90 minutes after one’s last dose. For most, symptoms will fade within 7-10 days.
Withdrawals from opioids like heroin and fentanyl begin within a matter of hours after you stop using. Most heroin (and other opioids) detox symptoms peak between two and four days after the last use. While this timeline is accurate for many, post-acute withdrawal symptoms can persist for up to weeks or months in some instances.
Most symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are present within six hours after the person has their last drink. Symptoms will often present as mild and intensify after two or three days. The withdrawal cycle typically lasts for about one week.
If you or a loved one are ready to take the first steps towards recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, your journey must begin with detox. To learn more about our medical detox center in Spokane, WA, contact us at Sequoia Detox Center today.