Drug Addiction: Signs and Symptoms – Withdrawal and Detox

Addiction is nothing short of a chronic illness. It occurs due to changes in your brain’s reward system resulting from the continuous influence of substances such as drugs like heroin, cocaine, prescription medication, and so on.

Once addiction occurs, it will impair your ability to make a sound judgment, as well as affecting your psychological and emotional well-being. To successfully beat a substance addiction, you will need therapeutic intervention and ongoing support, like what we provide at Primrose Lodge.

List Of Drugs We Treat

At Primrose Lodge in Surrey, we specialise in addiction detox and therapeutic rehabilitation treatment for the following drugs.

Including but not limited to:

If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction/abuse/dependency to any of the above or something not mentioned please do not hesitate to call us today!

Drug Addiction Abuse: Key Facts

Recent studies into drug abuse and addiction in the UK has revealed some particularly disturbing facts such as:

  • 4% of adults aged between 16 and 59 have abused a drug in the last year. This accounts for about 2.7 million people in the UK.
  • More than one-third of UK adults between the ages of 16 and 59 have abused drugs at some point in their life.
  • 3% of UK adults aged between 16 and 59 are frequent drug users. This is about 1.1 million individuals
  • There were 2,593 drug misuse deaths in the UK in 2016.

Side-Effects of Drug Addiction

  • Neglecting work and family obligations
  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Wild mood swings, anxiety, paranoia, depression, and violence
  • Decrease in pleasure in everyday life
  • Complication of mental illness
  • Hallucinations and confusion
  • Desire to engage in risky behaviour
  • Heart rate irregularities, heart attack
  • Kidney and liver damage
  • Seizures, stroke, brain damage
  • Respiratory problems
  • Abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea
  • Changes in appetite, body temperature and sleeping patterns

Signs and Symptoms of Abuse

Being able to identify the signs of substance abuse is key to preventing addiction from occurring. The symptoms of abuse can either be physical or psychological in nature. Also, symptoms may vary based on the type of drug being abused. Nonetheless, if you notice a loved one displaying two or more of the following symptoms, it is best to pay closer attention to their activities.

  • Dilated or constricted pupils.
  • Frequently bloodshot or glazed eyes.
  • Abrupt weight gain or loss.
  • Bruises and needle marks

Behavioural symptoms that will become noticeable if an individual is abusing drugs include:

  • Financial problems
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Unprovoked aggression
  • Spending more time around people who are known to use or deal in drugs
  • Dramatic changes in habits and/or priorities
  • Increased irritability
  • Changes in attitude/personality
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Involvement in criminal activity

Treating Drug Addiction

In a private drug rehab, your addiction and overall health will first be evaluated. The report from the evaluation will then be used to tailor a medical detoxification for drugs and rehabilitation to best care for all aspects of your addiction.

At Primrose Lodge, we provide a number of holistic programs that care not just for your physical needs but also your mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. We will also provide you 24/7 nursing care in a safe environment, as well as sleep and nutrition management.

Withdrawal and Detoxification Process

Withdrawal from drugs is the process that occurs after you quit the substance you have been addicted/abusing. Your body can go into a state of shock and panic as it tries to function without its crux. Withdrawal symptoms range from mild headaches, nausea and vomiting to more serious tremors, fits and heart attacks. Your body will naturally attempt to detox and flush out the toxins but this can be very dangerous and potentially life-threatening. At the minimum, you will be incredible uncomfortable.

Trying to detox at home can be very dangerous. This is because the withdrawal symptoms that occur during detox are often unpredictable and can be overwhelming. So, it is best to have your entire detox and withdrawal process managed by a clinical medical team.

At Primrose Lodge, we provide a medically assisted detox that eases your withdrawal symptoms and makes the detox process as painless as possible. We accomplish this through a combination of medication and therapies. Regardless of what your substance of abuse was or the severity of your addiction, we can make your detox process as safe and easy as possible.

Get Help Today!

The sooner you get help for drug addiction, the better. This is because for every minute drug addiction is ignored, the problem will likely only get worse. If you or a loved one have developed a drug addiction and you would like to take back control, we can help.

Call our confidential helpline today by dialling 0203 553 9263

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  • Worplesdon
  • Guildford
  • Surrey GU3 3RF