Withdrawal symptoms from drugs and alcohol vary between the addict’s habits. There are generally different types of withdrawal symptoms caused by the substances people chose to abuse. Alcohol, opiate and cocaine all have varied primary withdrawal symptoms. Over the counter drugs and prescription drugs can have withdrawal symptoms, if the drugs are abused to the point of causing addiction.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are comprised of general anxiety as well as irritability. They can also include shakiness, nervousness and jumpiness when dealing with normal life situations. One of the most mentally challenging parts of alcohol withdrawal is depression. As the minds inhibition and emotions re-engage after a long drunken state life challenges can become quite weighted causing a deep depression state.
Opiate withdrawal can have more involved physical symptoms. Along with general agitation and anxiety the physical symptoms of opiate abuse withdrawal will depend on the length of prolonged abuse. In the early stages one will experience severe muscle aches, sweating, insomnia and overall tiredness. As the later stages of opiate withdrawal ensue, diarrhea, general nausea, and vomiting. Sometimes medication can be used to treat the nausea and the diarrhea.
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms are less physical then opiates and alcohol. They are however very hard on the mind and on an addict’s general psychology. As an addict uses cocaine the brain releases high levels of chemicals called dopamine that cause joy and general happiness. There can also be an accelerated level of activity during cocaine use. These leave the addict feeling generally sad and tired after prolonged use of cocaine. Also, cocaine addicts are much more apt to want to use again and sooner in order to get back to that level of happiness and high-energy state.
Important: The information provided above should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.