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What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

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Post-acute withdrawal syndrome is a common and often misunderstood aspect of addiction recovery. While many people are familiar with the initial physical symptoms of withdrawal, such as nausea, sweating, and shaking, PAWS can occur long after these acute symptoms subside and be a major roadblock to recovery.

If you or a loved one is struggling in early recovery, know that help is available. Call 866.430.9267 or contact Evoke Wellness at Hilliard online for information about PAWS and the importance of drug and alcohol detox. We can help.

What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

After the primary withdrawal phase, which usually lasts for about a week, many individuals recovering from addiction encounter the subtler yet potentially enduring phase of post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS). PAWS is more common with substances like alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opioids.

During PAWS, the brain continues to readjust its chemical balance back to pre-addiction levels, which is the reason symptoms can persist for months or even years after substance use ends. This extended phase of withdrawal can include a myriad of unpredictable and ambiguous symptoms, such as:

  • Difficulty managing stress
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Mood swings

Understanding PAWS is crucial because it can significantly undermine one’s efforts in early recovery. The unpredictable aspect of PAWS symptoms can lead to frustration and impatience, which may, in turn, trigger a relapse as individuals may seek the escape and respite they once found in substances.

The Importance of Drug and Alcohol Detox

Detox is not merely a clinical requirement but the first foundational step in a healthy, successful recovery. It is a controlled environment where the body physically eliminates the substance. Detox prioritizes safety and comfort, mitigating the risks of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. However, completing detox and understanding PAWS are not synonymous with recovery; instead, they are preparatory steps that pave the way toward a thriving, substance-free life.

Evoke Wellness at Hilliard understands the multifaceted nature of PAWS and ensures that individuals starting their recovery journey are not just detoxed but educated on the potential hurdles they may face down the line. Every detail of our detox program is designed with care and empathy, providing a solid start on the path to long-term recovery.

Get the Help You Need Now — Contact Evoke Wellness at Hilliard

 At Evoke Wellness at Hilliard, we’re committed to fostering a supportive and comprehensive recovery process for every individual struggling with addiction. Our programs are built on evidence-based practices and staffed with empathetic professionals who prioritize your comfort and physical well-being. If you or a loved one are beginning the chapter of recovery, remember that the first step to a symptom-free life is acknowledging the strategies to handle and heal from PAWS. Call 866.430.9267 or contact Evoke Wellness at Hilliard online today and get the help you need to overcome addiction.