Relapse prevention and withdrawal management go hand-in-hand when it comes to maintaining long-term sobriety. Struggling with either one of these variables means you’ll wrestle persistently with relapse, likely to no avail. However, relapse prevention techniques in conjunction with professional treatment can help you manage your withdrawal symptoms. To learn the how, what, when, where, and why’s, here are the ins and outs of how to properly manage withdrawal.
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What is Withdrawal Management?
Withdrawal management comes in many forms of treatment and self-managing techniques. For example, any form of detoxification program is considered a form of professional withdrawal symptom management. Therefore, anything that helps you subdue withdrawals or cravings is a method to manage your withdrawal. This also includes self-preventative measures learned through the numerous treatment programs provided by Northern Illinois Recovery.
What are the Most Common Withdrawal Symptoms Encountered in Recovery?
Please note that withdrawal symptoms and severity fluctuate and differ by individual due to several individual contributing factors. Take that into consideration while observing the following common withdrawal symptoms.
When your body’s pleasure source is removed, it often sparks a high anxiety response. Numerous stress management classes and short-term anxiety medications are available to help you endure these withdrawal-induced anxiety symptoms. All of these are carefully monitored and administered by the highest quality therapy specialists.
Withdrawal symptoms can manifest themselves through physical tremors and shakes. These tremors range in severity, often dictated by the depth of chemical dependency.
Starving the body of its chemical dependency is like starving your body of food because of an unhealthy chemical addiction. This can cause extreme sickness and nausea, making it feel as though your addictions can’t be conquered. Rest assured, these symptoms, though uncomfortable, are a short-lived response to detox as your body’s method of substance cleansing.
It is extremely common to develop sleeping problems during detox or any form of abstinence from substances. This can mean difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, resulting in frequent sporadic awakenings with limited REM sleep.
How Does Northern Illinois Recovery Help You Manage Your Withdrawal Symptoms?
It often starts with intervention. Reach out to us if you are in need of intervention services in Illinois. Northern Illinois Recovery goes the extra mile to ensure our programs have built-in tools to help you manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Therefore, you’ll have no shortage of tools in your arsenal for self-sustainable sobriety. Here are just a few of the ways Northern Illinois Recovery helps you manage your cravings and withdrawals.
Developing trust is at the core of everything we do at our high-quality facility. That’s why the bonds you develop with therapists and patients in group therapy help you form the strongest support group possible. These groups reinforce your self-confidence and mental fortitude to overcome your addictions by helping you see you’re not alone in your battle with addiction.
Some of the greatest withdrawal management methods are the relapse prevention techniques you learn from a medical professional. Relapse prevention techniques are mental tools that help you react proactively to life’s unforeseen circumstances and substance cravings. These are the tools necessary to achieve and sustain lifelong sobriety. Learn how you can benefit from our passionate team of therapeutic professionals who are dedicated to your sobriety goals.
In line with our dedication to trust development, we rely on having open-ended communication with our patients. This means being completely transparent about properly preparing you for each stage of your treatment. This ensures you are never uncomfortable or surprised or encounter unexpected circumstances at any stage of your therapy.
Northern Illinois Recovery believes treatment at your own pace is more important for many reasons. The main reason is treatment at your pace is the only way to properly equip you with the vital sobriety tools to excel at each stage of your recovery. That’s why all of our treatment programs consist of a thorough recovery process because your sustained sobriety is our passion.
Unfortunately, most recovery centers are so focused on meeting recovery completion numbers, they lose sight of the most important picture of long-term sobriety. At our facility, you’ll have the assurance of never feeling rushed or Ill -prepared for any phase of your treatment.
Personal coaching goes beyond teaching you relapse prevention methods. It teaches you how to apply all the lessons you’ve learned in a social, occupational, and independent environment. This is achieved by your therapist or physician appointing you with a personal coach to help you at each step of the application process.
How Do Addictions to Multiple Substances Affect Withdrawals and Recovery?
Multiple substance addictions make withdrawals difficult to assess and treat for several reasons within the parameters of therapy or detox. Subsequently, here are the diverse ways in which multiple addictions impact managing your withdrawal symptoms
For starters, tying withdrawal symptoms to a specific substance helps doctors formulate a substance-specific approach to efficient detox and treatment. However, multiple substance addictions make it difficult to identify which withdrawal symptoms pertain to one or both dependencies.
The more dependencies you have with substances, the more likely you are to have additional withdrawal symptoms as a result. This can make the detox process even longer and more difficult to overcome. Thankfully, several short-term medications can help alleviate these various uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms en route to full detoxification.
Perhaps the most important asset your doctor has to mapping out the most effective treatment is having the most accurate addiction disorder diagnosis. Having more than one substance dependency makes these disorders notably harder to narrow down. Enrolling in a dual-diagnosis treatment program in Illinois can put you on the fast track to the best recovery path following detox.
What are the Three Phases of Withdrawal Management?
To accomplish successful detox, physicians will conduct three phases of individualized withdrawal symptom treatment. Each phase to-be-named is a stepping stone toward achieving full detox and preparation for your recovery path.
The assessment phase is a medical process that evaluates the true depths of your addiction and withdrawal symptoms. This process is conducted by getting to know you by listening to your needs and struggles. During this phase, doctors conduct a series of tests, therapy sessions, and other data-collecting techniques to accurately evaluate your condition.
After assessing your mental and physical state along with withdrawal symptoms, physicians work to restabilize the chemical and physical imbalances caused by addiction. Depending on your individual detoxification needs, this can include mental training exercises, medically-assisted treatment, or medication-aided detox.
Detox programs are the introductory step of the broader recovery process. That’s why your detox specialist will urge you to enroll in a rehabilitation program to achieve full recovery. Your physician utilizes the conclusion of your detox to assess your current state to evaluate your readiness for full recovery treatment. This means assessing the most effective treatment programs and stages that fit where you are in your battle with addiction.
How Does Detoxification Prepare You for Treatment?
As alluded to earlier, detox is the introductory phase that helps prepare you for the remainder of the recovery process. There are several reasons that successful detox sets you up for successfully achieving long-term sobriety. Here are a few of the ways detox helps prepare you for the next stages of treatment.
Most people enter detox thinking there’s not much hope for them. However, that mindset drastically alters when you complete the full detoxification process. The reason is, doctors equip you with tools that reinforce your mental fortitude and confidence. This confidence, in conjunction with our supportive team of physicians, provides all the tools you need to thrive beyond detox.
The primary purpose of detoxification is to help you expunge the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms without relapsing. These withdrawal symptoms can feel as if there’s no end in sight. Rest assured, these withdrawals are temporary and once overcome make the rest of your treatment easier and even enjoyable.
Once people overcome the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, they are met with a newfound sense of mental clarity and physical energy. This great new feeling often serves as one of the greatest motivations to maintain sobriety throughout the rehabilitation process and beyond. Enroll in our drug and alcohol detox center today to get on the fast track to self-sustainable sobriety.
Let Northern Illinois Recovery Help You Achieve New Heights in Your Recovery Journey
The answers to healthy withdrawal management and long-term recovery reside in the tools you learn in detox and treatment programs. Northern Illinois Recovery provides second-to-none personalized treatment methods and doctors dedicated to excellence that such achievements require. Thanks to our team’s dedication to excellence, your recovery goals are just a click or call away. Let our compassionate team show you the road to a better life by reaching out to a caring specialist today.
Licensed Physician and Surgeon
Dr. Beth Dunlap, a board-certified addiction medicine and family medicine physician, and is the medical director at Northern Illinois Recovery Center. She is responsible for overseeing all the integrated medical services at both campuses. Beth completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at Northwestern University, where she continues to serve on the faculty as a member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has extensive experience in addiction medicine at all levels of care, and her clinical interests include integrated primary care and addiction medicine, harm reduction, and medication-assisted treatment.