Symptoms of Withdrawal When Ending an Addiction

Symptoms of Withdrawal | Lakehouse Recovery Center

Anyone who has been physically and psychologically dependent upon a drug or behavior is likely going to experience withdrawals once that substance or activity is taken away. Even in the case of a breakup. If you’re used to spending time with someone and suddenly he or she is no longer in your life, you might experience loneliness, sadness, and other types of emotional pain. In order to finally put an end to an addiction, a person needs to cleanse themselves of that substance or activity and will likely come with some uncomfortable experiences.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Fortunately, the discomfort does not last long. It’s temporary and passes so that you can move on with your life without the substance or behavior you were addicted to. Whether it’s heroin or gambling, cocaine or sex, the withdrawal period may last from days to weeks. If you’re about to enter detox and you’re not sure what to expect, here is a list of withdrawal symptoms for commonly abused drugs:


  • tremors
  • confusion
  • seizures
  • sweating
  • anxiety
  • changes in blood pressure
  • extreme agitation

Opiates or Narcotics

  • dilated pupils
  • increased heart rate
  • rising blood pressure
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • insomnia

Cocaine and Other Stimulants

  • excessive tiredness
  • depression
  • mood changes
  • difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • increased appetite
  • significant changes in mood
  • irritability
  • low levels of energy
  • unpleasant dreams


  • nausea
  • changes in breathing patterns
  • increased heart rate
  • tremors
  • muscle pain
  • insomnia
  • hallucinations
  • convulsions
  • delirium


  • muscle twitches
  • hallucinations
  • sensitivity to light
  • ringing in the ears
  • tingling
  • numbness
  • insomnia

Although these are uncomfortable experiences, you might understand why the body and mind might need to have to go through this period of withdrawal. The body is trying to get used to functioning without the substance that you’ve been physically and psychologically dependent upon.

Also, it’s incredibly important to know that going through detox and withdrawal by yourself is not recommended. Some drug withdrawal can actually cause death if a person is not careful. Having a physician and other trained health professionals around you as you go through the detox process can facilitate a successful experience and even sustained sobriety. Some addicts might not make it through the detox process and they might find themselves using drugs or drinking again. Having professional support for detox and withdrawal ensures your physical and psychological well being throughout the experience.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction and ready to go through detox, contact a mental health provider for support!


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