Opiate addiction and abuse is a wide spread issue in today’s society. Whether there is a legitimate prescription that leads to addiction or if you start out by using recreationally, the result is the same. Many people fall into the trap of addiction. Once addicted, they cannot stop using otherwise they risk the pains of withdrawal. You may already know that withdrawal brings nausea, vomiting, and shakiness but there are some symptoms that you might not have read about.
1. Obsession with Opiates
Although not particularly dangerous, this symptom often causes relapse. When you are in withdrawal, you can easily become obsessed with the opiates until they are all you think about. You hear people talking or using and this triggers a craving. When you start to crave the opiates, the obsession becomes worse until they are all you think about. Many who experience this obsession find it difficult to fight. This is where a rehab like New York City rehabs can come in handy. Despite your obsession, an inpatient rehab will keep you from being able to obtain the object of your obsession.
2. Tremors and Twitches
The tremor and twitching is a more annoying than dangerous. Your hands will shake at different intervals. Your muscles and sometimes your whole body will twitch. These twitches and tremors can cause you to drop things and lose your balance, if you are not careful. This annoyance often leads to the desire just to make it stop which leads to relapse.
3. Disorganized Thinking
Disorganized thinking often leads to confusion. This happens when the sudden lack of opiates causes your brain to over produce other chemicals and neurotransmitters. This leads to disruption in different thought processes. This disruption is often evidenced in the way that your mind rapidly switches subjects or an inability to concentrate on or complete tasks that were once easy.
Although this symptom of withdrawal is not necessarily dangerous, it can cause mistakes at work, school, or with family. These mistakes can cost you your job or cause serious family issues. For instance: if you are in withdrawal and experiencing this symptom, you could make a fatal error when supervising children or you could make an error that will cost you your job. Your decision making is compromised and making large decisions is dangerous.
Delusions are dangerous sometimes irrational thoughts and beliefs. These beliefs can be pervasive and almost impossible to change the person’s mind when they are delusional. The things that they believe are often completely irrational. They are so set in the belief that you cannot convince them that it isn’t real even if you have evidence that suggests otherwise.
If you are in a delusional state, it can be extremely dangerous especially if the delusion is a dangerous belief such as the delusion that you can fly or are impervious to harm. Very often delusions can lead to deadly behaviors. A person experiencing delusions due to withdrawal do the best in medically supervised clinics where they cannot harm themselves or others.
Paranoid behavior is just as dangerous as delusional behavior. A paranoid person may not accept help when they desperately need it. They might believe that the very people who are there to help are trying to harm them. Paranoid people refuse treatment and are more likely to injure themselves.
Although some of these uncommon withdrawal symptoms are not dangerous, many of them are. They are also withdrawal symptoms that you might not be warned about. You should seek help well before these symptoms become a dangerous issue.