Watching a loved one go through severe detox symptoms can feel as painful on your insides as it looks like on their outsides.
It may cause you to feel helpless or scared, or angry even when your loved one is in the safe care of professionals during the process. It may also cause you to wonder what the next right step is for you and how you can support your loved one on the path to recovery.
To start, being able to understand the signs of withdrawal is essential.
Alcohol Detox Symptoms
Severe detox symptoms from alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening and, therefore, should not be ignored. They can include but are not limited to: nausea, vomiting, insomnia, tremors, sweating, seizures, hallucinations, increased heart rate, and anxiety. The severest form of alcohol withdrawal is known as delirium tremens, or DTs. As with many detox symptoms, they may seem mild at first but can become serious quite quickly. It is always strongly recommended to seek professional help if your loved one is suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Benzo Detox Symptoms
Withdrawals from benzodiazepines can also have severe detox symptoms and, as with alcohol withdrawals, they can be life threatening. Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can include sweating, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, and seizures. If someone abruptly stops taking benzodiazepines, severe detox symptoms can be the result. A medically supervised detox will ensure your loved one is safe and comfortable during this process.
Opiate Detox Symptoms
Severe detox symptoms from opiate withdrawal can also occur. Some symptoms from opiate withdrawal may include: insomnia, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, sweating, rapid heart rate, anxiety, dilated pupils, restless legs and muscle or joint pain. Severe detox symptoms from opiates may be accompanied by extreme cravings for the drug, which makes it very difficult for the sufferer. Again, medical professionals will be able to assist in the process to ensure the most comfortable and safe detox for your loved one.
Amphetamine Detox Symptoms
Amphetamine and methamphetamine withdrawals can also have severe detox symptoms associated with them, such as psychosis, depression, hallucinations, irritability, excessive sleeping and an excessive appetite. Psychosis may pose the greatest threat, as the person may have no concept of reality.
Do not try and endure severe detox symptoms. The best method of detoxification is through seeking professional help and trusting the process.