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Is PAWS Dangerous?

Addiction to substances comes with its own dangers. What happens when someone tries to stop using drugs and alcohol? What is PAWS? Is PAWS dangerous? How does someone manage the symptoms? These are all valid questions when someone is deciding to end using substances and begin a healthy, drug and alcohol-free life. The detox process may bring forth some other symptoms, however, these symptoms can be monitored and treated if done professionally and medically. This makes the process so much easier, and then true recovery can begin.

What is PAWS?

Post-acute withdrawal syndrome is a condition that occurs in those who struggle with substances. When the normal, or acute, withdrawal timeline has been surpassed sometimes it can seem as though there has been a relapse in some of the may also seem as though the symptoms never went away. This is what PAWS is. Milder, yet persistent symptoms of withdrawal that an individual may experience for a longer period of time than the physical withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms of PAWS may include things like disruption in sleep, anxiety, depression, other mood changes, and inability to concentrate. These symptoms can be uncomfortable and make it very difficult to accomplish daily tasks. 

What Drugs Cause It?

PAWS is caused by a number of different substances that are addictive. Benzodiazepine addiction, for instance, can lead to PAWS becoming a reality for an individual who decides to stop using them. Other drugs like cocaine and meth can lead to difficulty with impulse control for weeks after the substance has been stopped. PAWS is disrupting to an individual’s life, and symptoms are best managed and monitored professionally.

PAWS and Alcohol Withdrawal Effects

Withdrawal from alcohol can be a dangerous thing to go through alone. High blood pressure, seizures, muscle pain, and cramping can all be symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol. Along with these physical symptoms, an individual may experience symptoms such as depression, anxiety, nervousness, and other mental health concerns. When the general timeline for alcohol detox has been surpassed, the symptoms may persist. It may feel as though there is no way to find relief. However, these symptoms of PAWS can be managed. PAWS is something that can last a while, so having professional monitoring and management is the best possible solution for anyone who is going through the process of recovery from alcohol addiction.

PAWS and Opioid Withdrawal

Opioid withdrawal in and of itself is a process that can be extremely uncomfortable. The symptoms associated can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation, cold chills, sweating, insomnia, restlessness, poor appetite, heart rate and blood pressure changes, and muscle cramping and weakness. Along with these physical symptoms, severe depression, and anxiety can occur, making it difficult to stay away from the drugs that caused these symptoms to begin with. When someone accomplishes the feat of enduring the opioid withdrawal time frame, these symptoms can also persist and seem to be never-ending. PAWS is a condition that can be long-lasting, and uncomfortable. This is why it is highly suggested that an individual have medical and mental health professionals at their disposal to manage and monitor any symptoms. This is in order to prevent complications. Depression and anxiety as well as physical symptoms like restlessness and insomnia can be managed if done correctly and professionally. 

Detox for PAWS

Detox is a necessary process to go through when deciding to begin recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. While the symptoms can sometimes be unpleasant, once the physical symptoms subside and the body begins to self-regulate back to normal, a person can begin to feel whole again. PAWS is a possibility, and the symptoms may be long-lasting, however, the symptoms can be managed and the person could begin living a normal and productive life with minimal interruption due to the symptoms. Experiencing depression and anxiety, along with other long-term symptoms of withdrawal can often lead someone back to using drugs and alcohol. Having symptom management helps as a catalyst to preventing this from happening so that individuals can find and maintain recovery.

Addiction is a dangerous ailment and can lead to fatal consequences. This is why getting proper and professional help as soon as possible is highly suggested. Not only to manage any withdrawal and detox symptoms but also so that an individual can regain control of their life and begin living a happy and healthy lifestyle without the chains of addiction to substances. 

Ending Addiction

Post-acute withdrawal syndrome is a real possibility for someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. These symptoms can make it extremely uncomfortable to go about daily activities, even once the substance use has ended. Without proper management, there can be some complications that could potentially be dangerous. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse, we can help. At Lexington Addiction Center we offer comprehensive care for those who are struggling. Our on-staff team of professionals can help to manage withdrawal symptoms, monitor for PAWS, and address any potential symptoms that may arise. Reach out today and begin recovery from addiction.