Coping Up With Withdrawal Symptoms

Coping Up With Withdrawal Symptoms

The only way you can curb your addition and stay away from incurable diseases is to cut down on your dependency. One of the major reasons why people get back to using again is the inability to cope up with the withdrawal symptoms.


The common withdrawal symptoms include irritability, depression, anger, cravings and weight gain. Most of the people get these symptoms intensely during the first week after quitting. But, these drop drastically after the first month. With a little determination and help from your loved one, you can get over your addiction and come clean and sober.


The cravings to use or consume again

As an addict, you will covet for getting high over and over again. This is because your body becomes dependent on alcohol, drugs and smoke. You also get triggers when you see other people doing the same thing in front of you.

Here is how you can manage the yearning:

  • Remind yourself that it will pass.
  • You can avoid activities and situations where you may be caught up with people using.
  • Take deep breaths and keep on taking them.
  • Consult your doctor to give you some prescription if the cravings continue.


The frustration, anger and irritability

Once you quit consuming, you feel short tempered, edgy and less patient. You also become less tolerable and argumentative. These feelings peek in the first week of quitting and continue up to 4 weeks.

Here is how you can deal with this:

  • Keep reminding yourself that this is just a temporary phase.
  • Engage yourself in physical activities such as walks.
  • Reduce the caffeine levels in your body. It adds to the irritability.
  • You can also try meditation and other relaxing techniques.


The anxiety

You tend to feel agitated and tensed within 24 hours of quitting. You can also experience tightness in your shoulder and neck muscles. Anxiety usually compiles over the first 3 days and continues for 2 weeks.

Here is how you can deal with this:

  • Set aside some time which you can spend in a quiet environment.
  • Try meditation and massage for reducing anxiety.
  • If you think your anxiety levels are out of bounds, consult your doctor.


Dealing with the depression

It is okay to feel sadness for some time after you quit. There is mild depression which usually starts on the first day itself and lasts for a couple of weeks. It usually subsides within a month. However, if you have a history of depression, it can cause periods of severe depression. The urge to consume again is very pressing during this phase.

Here is how you can overcome depression:

  • Talk to friends and family. Plan some event such as movies, concerts etc.
  • Increase your physical activeness. This will lighten your mood by shifting your focus elsewhere.
  • Consult your doctor if the depression continues for more than a month.


These tips are general solutions to follow when you are trying to quit. Additionally, follow all the steps of your rehab program. Your counsellors know you better and they will help you in catering to your special needs. Reduce your contact with people who used to consume with you. Do not let them smoke or drink or do drugs in your home. If you happen to be with them elsewhere, excuse yourself and return only when they are finished. Keep your mind positive. Staying optimistic and using your will power will help you cope up with your addiction sooner that you can imagine.