Withdrawal is mostly associated with substance abuse and is the development of some behavioral changes associated with avoiding using a specific substance. The person typically experiences uncomfortable physical and mental consequences due to withdrawal and detox from substances that were previously heavily used. There is a biochemical explanation for withdrawal symptoms which involves the brain produces chemicals that may have been previously suppressed by the substances the person is addicted to.
Every drug is different and every person is different so the experiences people have with withdrawal are very personalized but there are some general signs and symptoms that are specific to different drugs that can help you know if your loved one is battling with withdrawal. These signs include anxiety, weight loss, nausea, mood swings, seizures, sweating, etc.
It is usually very difficult supporting a loved one going through withdrawal from a substance especially when they refuse to seek help. Withdrawal can be managed at home but it is most times not advised as there is the likelihood of the person relapsing or even losing their life due to extreme withdrawal symptoms. These signs and symptoms can linger for a few weeks and the person always requires close attention and support during this time, these are a few ways you can be of support to them:
Set Your Expectations
It is very distressing watching someone you love go through a substance withdrawal. The withdrawal might not be deadly but the symptoms can be a lot and difficult to manage and you must be aware of these things before you go ahead to manage their condition.
You have to be prepared for mood changes depending on the substance they are addicted to, they will be disoriented and confused while experiencing hallucinations and this can make them scared and sometimes aggressive.
You should be aware of these things and you can find more information at this link and you should also learn to talk to them calmly and explain in clear terms if they seem confused, explaining what is real or imaginary if they are hallucinating.
You should never raise your voice at them, if not you will just make the aggression worse. These are a few things you should know when managing an addiction so that you won’t get overwhelmed by the task.
Keep Negative Influences Away
The last thing you want for your loved one is them relapsing after battling withdrawal. You should understand that you can’t control every facet of their lives. You can try as much as possible to prevent negative influences that might cause them to relapse. You can also suggest they avoid places and people that may encourage drug use.
This might be difficult as they have most likely been close to people who have an addiction problem but you can help them meet new people and find new hobbies. Without the drugs and substances, they most likely have a lot of free time and you can help fill up that time with positive activities that can engage them and prevent setbacks to progress. You should also clear drugs and other things related to drugs from their immediate environment.
Find Detox Help
If your loved one has decided to detox in a safe and supportive environment away from home, you have to make it your duty to find the best facility for them to do that. Detoxing at home is not a good idea, so you should search for professional treatment best for them.
You can search social media for communities that deal with drug addiction or relate to their issues and ask about good facilities. You have to make sure your loved one is the one accepting to go to a detox facility as forcing them might make a bad situation worse.
Plan For The Long Haul
Addiction and recovery from addiction are, many times, a lifelong process, and once you commit to helping a loved one you have to plan to be there for a long time. Sometimes, they can go to a detox facility, come back clean, and relapse after some time, this means you have to be there for them every time.
You also have to take care of yourself as your well-being is important so you can take care of your loved one. You should constantly reassure them that you are there for them as that will encourage them to work to get better.
These are just a few tips to support a loved one going through withdrawal and hopefully, with the professional help they get, they can beat the addiction.