What Are Some Symptoms Of Withdrawal?
When considering the symptoms, and length of a drug detox the most important factors are the drug of abuse and the length of the addiction. The following is a list of common drugs where addicts experience withdrawal with associated timeline:
• Heroin and prescription painkillers: flu-like symptoms that last between 24-48 hours •
• Benzodiazepines: anxiety and/or seizures lasting weeks, in rare cases months •
• Cocaine: Depression and restlessness that lasts between 7-10 days •
• Alcohol: tremors and/or seizures that lasts between 3 days – several weeks •
In 2011 almost 25 million Americans over the age of 12, approaching 10 percent of this section of the population, had used an illicit drug in the month prior to the survey, classifying them as current drug users.
Withdrawal symptoms and timelines of a drug detox will differ based on how the substance interacts with brain and bodily functions.
This is because how a drug is absorbed and remains active within the body differs amongst drug types. This time period is often referred to as a drugs ‘half life’. The severity of drug detox withdrawal symptoms is determined by an addicts level of dependency and other factors including:
- Length of time abusing a substance
- Type of substance abused
- Method of intake (smoking, snorting, etc.)
- Amount taken to get high
- Family History/Genetic Makeup
- Medical/Mental health factors.
Case Study: An individual that has been using large amounts of heroin for each high with a genetic predisposition to addiction and mental health problems is likely to need a longer withdrawal period and more powerful symptoms than someone who used smaller amounts, for less time.
The following is an overview of different drugs and their withdrawal timeline:
- Heroin: Withdrawal will begin within 12 hours of the last dose. Side effects will peak within 24-48 hours and has the potential to last a week to a few months according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
- Prescription Painkillers: Withdrawal will being within 8-12 hours of the last dose. Side effects will peak within 12-48 hours and usually last 5-10 days.
- Benzodiazepines: Withdrawal will begin within 1-4 days of the last dose. Side effects will peak within the first 2 weeks. Per the Comprehensive Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Addiction
protracted withdrawal can last months or even years without treatment.
- Cocaine: Withdrawal will begin within hours of the last dose. Side effects will peak within a few days and last from a week to 10 weeks per the Australian Government Department of Health.
- Alcohol: Withdrawal will begin between 8 hours to a few days of the last dose. Side effects will peak within 24-72 hours and can last a few weeks according to the S. National Library of Medicine.
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