Narcotic Addiction Withdrawal
Anyone who has been addicted to narcotics or any other drug is likely to undergo withdrawal at one point or another. Continued consumption of narcotics alters brain and body function – especially as far as pain relief is concerned. Over time, the body becomes used to having these drugs in the system so that when they are not present, it not only feel abnormal but reacts adversely.
Narcotics have been used since time immemorial in treating pain mainly due to their strong analgesic properties. They are also included in cough syrups due to their ability to suppress coughs. This is actually one of the major reasons why many recreational users take them. Narcotics are also highly addictive and should therefore be taken only according to the prescription of the physician.
Individuals often find themselves hooked on narcotics in an effort to control severe or chronic pain. This is mainly due to the reduction in effectiveness of the drug as analgesic forcing the individual to take more than recommended or prescribed. Eventually, even the new dose becomes ineffective as chemical tolerance increases. The individual continues increasing the amounts taken and eventually becomes addicted or even overdoses.
Any person who is addicted to narcotic drugs is prone experiencing withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms occur when the individual is undertaking a detoxification program under the supervision of a physician or even during their addiction while they find their next fix. Withdrawal is not limited to any age group.
However, the way in which the individual treats the withdrawal symptoms is determined by his or her genetic makeup, physical condition as well as mental state. It is important to acknowledge that there is no set rule in withdrawal symptoms that narcotic addicts undergo since different drugs have varied effects. This underlines the importance of treating each and every case in isolation, preferably by a medical physician.
Narcotic addiction withdrawal symptoms touch on the emotional as well as the physical aspects of an individual. Some of the common psychological withdrawal symptoms include:
On the physical side, the individual undergoes withdrawal symptoms such as nausea with or without vomiting, sleeplessness, fever, runny nose, abdominal cramps, muscle spasms or aches, chills as well as profuse sweating.
The length of time taken for withdrawal symptoms to pass is varied. In most cases undergoing drug detoxification, withdrawal symptoms last for between three and five days. However, individuals who are severely addicted to narcotics can have withdrawal symptoms which last for as long as two weeks. Most of the withdrawal symptoms are actually not life threatening but result in significant discomfort sometimes leading to serious consequences like suicidal thoughts or even relapse.