When you have a substance use disorder, your body has adapted to the regular presence of a chemical, such as alcohol and opiates. When it adapts, it gets used to the natural chemicals that govern your central nervous system (dopamine, serotonin, etc.) being affected by the chemicals you use to get high. Withdrawal symptoms occur because you take away the drugs or alcohol after your body has gotten used to their presence. This leads to a range of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms as the levels of naturally occurring chemicals return to normal.
Going cold turkey or suddenly stopping is the most dangerous way to stop abusing drugs and alcohol, and it’s the most unpleasant. When you seek treatment in a drug rehab center, we help you manage withdrawal symptoms and provide medical supervision to mitigate any adverse consequences.
We can also help manage opioid withdrawal symptoms and alcohol withdrawal symptoms with FDA-approved medications. Medically assisted detox helps people with substance use disorders manage the most unpleasant symptoms associated with the withdrawal process.