Handling Withdrawals Naturally
Drug addiction is a serious problem that can have devastating consequences on a person’s life. One of the biggest challenges of addiction is overcoming the withdrawal symptoms that occur when a person stops using drugs. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe, and in some cases, they can be life-threatening. When a person stops taking drugs, the pain and discomfort are manifested in withdrawal. However, there are natural ways to handle withdrawal from drugs, and not all drugs require medically assisted detox.
What drugs cause more difficult withdrawal symptoms?
Some drugs are less dangerous to withdraw from than others. For example, marijuana withdrawal symptoms are generally mild and include irritability, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Similarly, caffeine withdrawal can cause headaches and fatigue, but it is not life-threatening.
While Inhalants like nitrous oxide and glue can cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, they are not typically life-threatening; hallucinogens such as LSD do not cause withdrawal symptoms.
On the other hand, certain drugs can cause serious and even life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. These drugs include alcohol, benzodiazepines (such as Xanax and Valium), and other prescription medications. Withdrawal from these drugs can cause seizures, hallucinations, and other serious symptoms that require medical attention.
Medically assisted detox is a process that involves monitoring and treating the symptoms of withdrawal in a medical setting. This can include medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and monitoring vital signs to prevent complications.
For those who plan to start the Narconon program, to determine whether or not a medically assisted detox is necessary, a person receives a full and complete medical exam and provides their history of drugs, substances, and medicines used or abused. When a physician deems it medically necessary, Narconon refers students for a distinct medically supervised withdrawal as a prerequisite to beginning the Narconon program.
Natural Ways to Handle Withdrawal
While medically-assisted detox may be necessary for some drugs, there are natural ways to handle withdrawal symptoms for other drugs. These natural methods can help ease the symptoms of withdrawal and make the process more manageable.
The Narconon program begins with a drug-free withdrawal process designed to assist the individual to come off drugs as rapidly and comfortably as possible. Prior to starting drug-free withdrawal, a person has a full and complete medical exam to receive medical ok for this step.
During this step, Narconon withdrawal specialists are on hand and available to help individuals through the difficult time of coming off drugs. Narconon staff monitor sleep, food, fluid intake, and general progress through the process. They also administer gentle physical techniques known as assists to help calm spasms and lessen aches and pains.
Through procedures called objectives, staff also help to reorient students to the present, directing the students’ attention off themselves and their bodies and onto the environment around them. Objectives also help relieve the mental and emotional discomfort of looking inward at negative thoughts or dwelling on the past.
Additionally, a component of naturally handling withdrawal is nutrition. Eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help support the body’s natural detoxification process and provide important nutrients that can help ease withdrawal symptoms. It is also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other fluids.
At Narconon Ojai, a vitamin and mineral formula is taken by students for support during the withdrawal process to help repair the body.
These techniques can help reduce anxiety and stress, which are common symptoms of withdrawal. They can also help improve sleep and promote a sense of calm and well-being.
How Narconon Ojai Can Help
Narconon Ojai is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that offers a holistic approach to addiction recovery. Our program is based on the humanitarian works of L. Ron Hubbard and focuses on addressing the underlying causes of drug addiction and providing natural, drug-free solutions.
At Narconon Ojai, participants undergo a comprehensive withdrawal process that includes natural supplements and vitamins to support the body and ease withdrawal symptoms. The Narconon program consists of unique procedures to assist addicts to overcome drug or alcohol dependencies and their damaging effects.
In addition to their withdrawal program, Narconon Ojai offers a full range of services to help clients overcome addiction and rebuild their lives. These services include life skills training and help in addressing unwanted conditions in clients’ lives.
Withdrawal from drugs can be a difficult and challenging process, but there are natural ways to handle withdrawal symptoms. While some drugs require medically assisted detox, others can be managed naturally in a supervised setting. Narconon Ojai is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that offers a holistic approach to addiction recovery, including a comprehensive withdrawal program and a range of services to support long-term recovery.
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