A Must for Safe, Effective Withdrawal
There is a common misconception that withdrawal from harsh drugs like heroin or opioids is far more dangerous than ‘drying out’ or withdrawing from alcohol. However, this is not true. Depending on the quantity, frequency and type of alcohol ingested, an abrupt withdrawal can be fatal.
Delirium tremens (DTs) is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that involves sudden and intense changes in the nervous system. DTs typically occur within 48 to 96 hours from your last drink but can happen as many as 10 days later. If you suffer seizures during delirium tremens, your risk for injury or death is even greater.
While alcohol is a dangerous drug to detox from on your own, it’s not the only one. Withdrawal from heroin and opioid painkillers, also called ‘dope sick’, can cause miserable side effects like vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, severe muscle aches and intense cravings. Also, these drugs can cause respiratory distress that can stop breathing.