Withdrawal is the medical term that refers to a combination of negative side effects a person experiences when they do not get the accustomed dosage of a drug they have developed a dependency on. For example, physical withdrawal symptoms may include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting and cold flashes. These physical symptoms may last several days, but the general lowered mood that often accompanies substance withdrawal may continue for weeks.
Withdrawal symptoms are often the biggest trial for individuals who have started on the recovery process. They trigger strong cravings for the person’s drug of choice, which can cause them to slip back into the habit of drug use. It can be challenging for someone with a substance dependency to overcome withdrawal without medical help and support.
Withdrawal management is a term for the medical and psychological treatment of individuals who are experiencing withdrawal symptoms, due to either reducing or totally ceasing their use of a particular drug.
At Seabrook, we offer a medically monitored withdrawal program to safely help a person recover from habitually using alcohol and other addictive chemicals. In addition to 24-hour physician and nursing care, our program includes a comprehensive medical examination and nursing intake, alongside monitoring each patient’s physiological and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Appropriate interventions include medication-assisted treatment, mental status examinations, addiction education, relapse prevention, behavioral therapy and motivational counseling.
Though people often use the term “withdrawal management” synonymously with the term “detoxification,” they are not the same. Detoxification refers to the physical process the body uses to cleanse itself of toxins that have built up in organs and tissues over time. While the detoxification process is a mandatory step in recovery from a substance use disorder, it should occur alongside medically supervised treatment, including behavioral-based therapy and medication. Detox as a standalone process, with no follow-up, is not treatment.
At Seabrook, we understand how substance abuse can take a toll on people’s lives, and we’re here to help. Our licensed medical professionals specialize in addiction therapy and in working with people who suffer from addiction and co-occurring disorders.
Our six New Jersey and Pennsylvania campuses offer a welcoming environment where families can find the resources they need to make a full recovery from substance misuse and get their lives back on the right track. Contact Seabrook at 800-761-7575 today to learn about our comprehensive adult alcohol and drug rehab services.