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What is Withdrawal?

Withdrawal refers to the physical and mental symptoms that occur when a person suddenly stops the intake of a substance that they are dependent on, such as alcohol, drugs, or prescription medicines. Unfortunately, withdrawal is an inevitable part of receiving treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. Withdrawal symptoms are extremely unpleasant, and can come as a shock to someone attempting to rid their system of toxic substances. The Florida detox center at Detox of Delray believes that understanding what is withdrawal can help you fight your addiction and regain control of your mind and body.

Why does withdrawal happen?

Addiction is a disease that affects both the brain and behavior. Introducing harmful substances to the body such as drugs or alcohol spark a flood of feel good neurotransmitters in the brain. The brain becomes addicted to the high that it has achieved from this rush of feelings, and begins to crave it more often and in higher quantities.  When a person ceases intake of their preferred substance, the brain rebounds back with a surge of negative effects – this is where withdrawal begins.

What are the side effects?

Side effects of withdrawal vary by the user, the drug, the length of the addiction, and a few other factors. However, there are both emotional and physical withdrawal symptoms associated with all substances. Common symptoms include:



Social isolation

Muscle pain


Irregular heart rate





Short term memory loss



 Panic attacks

In extreme cases, more serious side effects can occur. These include delirium, hallucinations, fever, seizures, extreme confusion, and sometimes coma or death.

How long does withdrawal last?

Every drug is different, and every addiction is different. However, there are some basic guidelines for major targets of abuse: Heroine and painkiller withdrawal typically lasts between 24-48 hours, Benzodiazepines last weeks or months, Cocaine 7-10 days, and alcohol unusually 3 days to several weeks.

Can I avoid withdrawal?

Drug and alcohol withdrawal is an inevitable part of removing the toxic substances from your body for good. It can be dangerous to detox and withdrawal on your own. Fortunately, Detox of Delray has a brand-new facility with licensed, medical professionals who are experts at assisting in withdrawal symptoms, and managing withdrawal pain.  Our Florida detox center provides a safe, calm, and comfortable place for you to detox from drugs and alcohol with minimal pain.

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