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Illicit Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

Illicit Drugs and Withdrawal

Illicit drug withdrawal symptoms are a set of predictable signs and physical symptoms that occur when the illicit drug use is stopped or decreased. Depending on the specific illicit drug being abused, the specific symptoms can vary greatly during the process of illicit drug detox. When the body has been exposed to illicit drug abuse over any period of time, certain body systems are affected that can contribute to the specific illicit drug withdrawal symptoms experienced.

Most illicit drug withdrawal symptoms can be dealt with effectively while clients undergo illicit drug detox in an inpatient rehab center. For most individuals seeking to get control over their illicit drug use and addiction, professional help will be required. Most attempts to go through the withdrawal symptoms of illicit drugs will fail as the drive to use and associated cravings that accompany illicit drug withdrawal symptoms are far too powerful to navigate alone. Coastline Rehab Centers provides it’s clients with a safe, secure facility, away from the pressures and triggers of the outside world. Within this safe rehab center, clients who need to detoxify from illicit drugs such as heroin, opiates, meth, and cocaine have the resources available 24/7.

Depending on the type of illicit drug addiction, the physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal can vary in intensity and duration. The individuals level of dependence on heroin, cocaine, or meth will affect the toll that withdrawal will have on the body. There are specific symptoms that are usually experienced by clients who undergo illicit drug withdrawal. There are also medications that can be given to help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal.

Cocaine Withdrawal Symptoms

Cocaine is a highly addictive illicit drug classified as a stimulant as it causes an increase in certain pleasurable brain functions. Cocaine use puts individuals at a very high risk of both physical and psychological dependence. Some of the withdrawal symptoms of cocaine are the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Mood Swings
  • Sleep Issues
  • Withdrawing Socially
  • Paranoia
  • Night terrors and nightmares
  • Seizure disorders

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Methamphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms

Meth is arguably the most addictive substance sold on the street in the United States. There are individuals who have sought treatment with Coastline Rehab Centers who report having become addicted after only one use. This would suggest that meth’s effect on the brain is powerful and fast acting. Some of the symptoms of meth withdrawal would be the following:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Increase in appetite
  • Agitation and paranoia
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Hallucinations
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Thoughts of suicide

Crack Withdrawal Symptoms

Crack is an addictive street drug made by combining cocaine and baking soda or ammonia which results in a hard substance broken into small rocks. When heated in a glass pipe, it vaporizes and is inhaled, giving users a high that can become hard to resist. Withdrawal symptoms of crack include:

  • Anxiety and short attention
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Nightmares and sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue and lack of motivation
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Outbursts of anger or frustration


Ecstasy Withdrawal Symptoms

Ecstasy is a powerful street drug made from a chemical called MDMA, or methylenedioxy-methamphetamine. Ecstasy is an illegal drug that is classified as a stimulant but can also cause hallucinogenic effects. Some of the more common side effects of ecstasy are the following:

  • Insomnia and Sleep issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory issues
  • Appetite changes
  • Paranoid behaviors and thinking
  • Fatigue and exhaustion

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Inhalant Withdrawal Symptoms

Inhalants abuse and addiction have become more recognized in recent years as the numbers of drug treatment clients have increased. Inhalant addictions are less prevalent that other illicit drug addictions, but their negative effects on the mind and body are becoming more understood. Ease of access is one of the reasons that inhalant abuse figures have increased. Some of the withdrawal symptoms of inhalants include the following:

  • Tremors of the hands
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Runny nose, teary eyes
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Food and drug cravings

Hallucinogen Withdrawal Symptoms

Hallucinogens have been around for centuries, used all over the world as a way to escape and experience sensations and feelings that distort reality. These mind altering drugs can cause dependence issues and withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable. Some common hallucinogen withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Panic attacks
  • Violent outbursts
  • Seizures
  • Speech Issues
  • Extreme Mood Changes
  • Increased heartrate
  • Stiff, sore muscles

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Heroin is a very powerful opiate drug that works to create changes in the brain chemistry of its user. The release of endorphins and dopamine give heroin users an intense high that many find irresistible, creating new addicts overnight. The statistics of heroin addiction following a single use are shocking. It has been shown that one in every four who tries heroin will become a heroin addict. Some of the symptoms of heroin withdrawal are the following:

  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • Cramping in muscles and abdomen
  • Agitation and marked Anxiety
  • Sweating and goose bumps

Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

Marijuana is an illicit drug that is derived from the cannabis plant grown all over the world. Marijuana can be eaten or smoked and can be used medicinally as well as recreationally. For some, marijuana is used to calm and chill individual’s moods. Marijuana is a psychoactive drug and it can cause perception distortions. Some withdrawal symptoms of marijuana are:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Stomach pains
  • Lack of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Mood swings

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