When a person tries to quit drugs or alcohol alone, he or she is at risk for serious mental and physical health complications. The person can go through intense withdrawal symptoms, depending on the type of drug used, duration of use, and the severity of addiction. Some withdrawals from drugs such as heroin will cause flu-like symptoms. The uncomfortable and sometimes painful withdrawals can cause individuals to relapse.

Drugs and alcohol change the way a brain controls a body’s functions. Over time, the brain becomes dependent on the drugs or alcohol and needs those substances to make the individual feel comfortable. When a person abuses drugs or alcohol, the brain’s neurotransmitters release increased levels of dopamine and the individual experiences a high.

Many people use drugs or alcohol to cope with stress or anxiety. If a person has an underlying mental health condition, drugs and alcohol can heighten his or her symptoms. These substances can increase anxiety, paranoia, or depression. The brain relies on the drugs or alcohol to function, which makes it hard to quit. Medication-assisted detox is a safe and comfortable way of quitting. A medical professional can monitor the detox process and administer medication if needed.

Making the decision to stop using is a big step. A person can face many challenges during detox, rehab, and throughout recovery. Fortunately, there are support groups and meetings where other people share similar experiences. People in groups can give advice and encourage each other during recovery.

Counselors can teach an individual how to cope with problems without using substances. Meeting people in support groups can lead to new, sober friendships. The person needs to develop strategies for staying away from things that can cause a relapse.

Never try to quit drugs or alcohol alone. There are safe options to quit drugs and alcohol. Nexus Recovery Services can help. Quitting drugs and alcohol is the first step to living a healthy, sober lifestyle.

If you or a loved one struggle with addiction, get help now. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 310-881-9151

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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