For many people recovering from addiction, the most significant challenge to a lasting recovery is PAWS. PAWS sets in after a person stops using drugs or drinking and has completed detoxification. At this stage, the severe symptoms of acute withdrawal have passed and a person can begin to focus on their recovery on a cerebral level. However, PAWS sometimes makes this extraordinarily difficult to do because it has a severe impact on a person’s thought processes, decision making, ability to control emotion, ability to maintain physical coordination and challenges one’s spirituality. These effects require proper management as they often compel an addict to use again in order to obtain relief. And because PAWS can occur and recur for up to two years or even longer for some people, understanding how to recognize and cope with this condition is the most critical factor for long term recovery success.
There are two stages of withdrawal:
Most people experience some post-acute withdrawal symptoms. In the acute stage of withdrawal, every person’s experience is different. In post-acute withdrawal, most people have the same symptoms.
The most common post-acute withdrawal symptoms are:
Additional symptoms can be described as;
Post-acute withdrawal as has been illustrated to feel like a rollercoaster of symptoms. In the beginning, symptoms change minute to minute and hour to hour. As you recover they will disappear for a few weeks or months only to return again. The further you continue to recover the longer the good stretches will get but the bad periods of PAWS can be just as intense and last just as long.
Each PAWS episode usually last for a few days and usually with no obvious trigger. You will wake up one day and your withdrawal will hit you like a ton of bricks. You will be feeling irritable and have low energy. And if you are not prepared for it or you think you will be different then everyone else and your PAWS will only last a few months you will get caught off guard. But, if you know what to expect you can do this. If you hang on for just a few days, it will lift just as quickly as it started. Your confidence that you can get through PAWS will develop because you will know that each episode is time limited.
The most important things to remember are;
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