4 Tips for Going Through Withdrawal

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08 Dec 4 Tips for Going Through Withdrawal

When you’re working through addiction and have decided to stop using drugs, it can be extremely challenging to go through withdrawal and avoid relapsing. Here are some tips to help you cope with difficult withdrawal symptoms.

4 Tips for Going Through Withdrawal

By Alyse Kotyk

If you’ve decided to stop using drugs and are overcoming your addiction, withdrawal symptoms are a reality that you might need to face. Withdrawal isn’t easy and its challenges can be a reason why people avoid quitting drugs. However, here are some tricks you can try to relieve possible withdrawal symptoms.

  • 1. Get Support

    By Alyse Kotyk

    If possible, avoid going through withdrawal alone. Talk to someone you know and trust who can be with you while you're experiencing your symptoms, distract you and call 911 if necessary. If you don't feel comfortable asking for this from a friend or family member, you can go to a group detox center to experience the worst of your withdrawal symptoms under supervision. Speak to a doctor about options in your area if you decide to go this route.

  • 2. Find Comfort & Distraction

    By Alyse Kotyk

    Making yourself comfortable and planning appropriate distractions is another great way to cope with withdrawal symptoms. Wear loose, comfy clothing and have a couple spare changes of clothes in case you experience excessive sweating. Find activities that are restful and distracting like video games or movies in order to take your mind off of unpleasant feelings.

  • 3. Stay Hydrated

    By Alyse Kotyk

    While going through withdrawal, your body will lose a lot of fluid from sweating and possibly diarrhea. Therefore, one of the most important things you can do while experiencing withdrawal symptoms is to drink a lot of water.

  • 4. Talk to Your Doctor

    By Alyse Kotyk

    Your family doctor or one at a clinic [can help you set up a good strategy](http://www.wikihow.com/Endure-Acute-Withdrawal-from-Opiates-(Narcotics) for handling withdrawal symptoms. They might also recommend taking certain over-the-counter medications to help you cope. For example, they might recommend specific pain killers to help with any aches or a sleep aid to help you rest. No matter what way you decide to cope, reach out to others so that you aren't experiencing withdrawal on your own.  

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