Help with Withdrawal (Disclaimer: The Picture above is a Library Picture as all our centres are different inside)
Help with Withdrawal – My experience
Help with Withdrawal. My own experiences of withdrawal were not as bad as everyone makes out. I believe for most people this is all in the mind. The thought of giving up drinking is always hard, as you think why me? Why should I give up? My drinking isn’t that bad. But the truth is, your head is telling you all this. The same as your head is saying withdrawal is going to be really difficult. To be honest, it is just denial.
Let’s think about this logically. Why do you think it is going to be so hard to stop drinking? It is because your head is telling you so. But the truth is you are only addicted to alcohol. So if you are given medication which your body thinks is alcohol, you body will be fine. Hence no withdrawal. And nothing to worry about. It really is that simple.
Who is involved
When you have issues with your intake of alcohol, you feel the whole world is involved. But think about it. The only people involved with the direct side of your addiction, is you and your head. That is it. So is withdrawal difficult? No because you are getting medication to deal with this. But your head is saying yes! Why should you give up drinking? For health reasons, Yes. But your head is telling you there is nothing wrong with your health. And so it goes on.
My drinking friends – Help with Withdrawal
I use to drink with a lot of people, and all the main people I use to drink with are sadly no longer with us. And these were really lovely people who I will always remember. The most surprising thing was is, they all dies of a stroke in their late 40’s early 50’s. I was the lucky one. I just got kidney failure and spent seven months on dialysis before I had a kidney transplant from my brother at St George’s hospital in London. That was on the 2nd of September 2009. It is now 2022. Believe it or not, that saved my life as I never drank alcohol again.
Help with Withdrawal
So going back to withdrawal. It is not something you need to worry about. It is going to make you well. You are going to get your life back. You can rebuild family relationships regardless of what your head says. Yes you can. Trust me, I have been there. It is not that difficult.
Get help – Help with Withdrawal
I help so many clients every year, and have done since 2009 after my transplant, who have an addiction issue, whether it is drugs or alcohol. The amazing thing is with the clients with an alcohol addiction who have all been through one of our addiction programs at one of our residential rehab centres, or through our alcohol home detox programs all say , “I wish I had of done that years ago”.
How do you feel after a detox
For me it was like coming out of a cloud of chaos. All of a sudden I could taste things again, hear and understand people, smell things. I felt like I was in a new world. A world which was clearer. A world I fitted in. I was no longer hiding. I was no longer a slave to alcohol. And YES, it does feel great.
Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when quitting alcohol or certain drugs can be challenging and, in some cases, potentially dangerous. If you are experiencing withdrawal or are concerned about the potential withdrawal symptoms, it’s crucial to seek medical assistance and support. Here are some general guidelines:
Consult with a healthcare professional: Reach out to a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, addiction specialist, or a treatment center, who can assess your situation and provide appropriate guidance. They will consider factors like the severity of your addiction, overall health, and any potential complications to determine the best course of action.
Medical detoxification: In cases of moderate to severe alcohol or drug dependence, medical detoxification may be necessary. This process involves supervised withdrawal in a controlled medical setting, typically at a detox centre or hospital. Medical professionals can monitor your vital signs, provide medications to ease withdrawal symptoms, and ensure your safety throughout the process.
Medications for withdrawal symptoms: Certain medications may be prescribed to help manage withdrawal symptoms. For alcohol withdrawal, benzodiazepines or other medications may be used to prevent seizures and reduce anxiety. For opioid withdrawal, medications like methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone can be prescribed to ease symptoms and aid in recovery. These medications are typically used under medical supervision and as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Supportive care and monitoring: During withdrawal, it’s important to have supportive care and monitoring. This may involve staying at a detox centre or having regular check-ins with healthcare professionals to ensure your safety, manage symptoms, and address any complications that may arise.
Fluids and nutrition: Staying hydrated and maintaining proper nutrition is crucial during withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can often cause dehydration, loss of appetite, or other digestive issues. Drinking water and consuming nutritious foods can help support your body’s healing process.
Emotional support: Withdrawal can be physically and emotionally challenging. Seek emotional support from loved ones, support groups, therapists, or counsellors who understand addiction and can provide guidance and encouragement throughout the process.
Rest and self-care: Allow yourself time to rest and prioritise self-care during withdrawal. This includes getting adequate sleep, practicing relaxation techniques (such as deep breathing or meditation), engaging in gentle physical activity, and avoiding additional stressors when possible.
It’s important to note that withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on the substance used, the duration and intensity of use, and individual factors. Withdrawal from certain substances, such as alcohol and benzodiazepines, can be particularly risky and potentially life-threatening, requiring medical supervision.
For a safe and successful withdrawal process, it’s strongly recommended to seek professional help and not attempt to go through withdrawal alone. Healthcare professionals have the expertise to assess your situation, provide appropriate medical support, and develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses both the physical and emotional aspects of withdrawal.
Talk to me
I am always available to chat if you would like any help with addiction or withdrawal. My phone is on all the time I am awake, so feel free to call me anytime, I welcome all the call I receive. Call: 07811 606 606 (24 hours)