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Going through withdrawals from drugs and alcohol can be a traumatizing experience. Feeling what is essentially poison leave your body can be an overwhelming experience. The symptoms of withdrawal range from mild to severe. Headaches, migraines, and nausea are often the lesser symptoms. Other symptoms like cravings, obsessive thinking, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, hallucinations, muscle cramps, and muscle spasms are more moderate to advanced symptoms. Severe symptoms can include anxiety, depression, seizure, organ and heart failure or complication. What is especially upsetting about the experiences of these symptoms is the added mentality of realizing that you are the one who is responsible for them. Alcohol and drug abuse is part of a disease of choice. Realizing that the choice to continue using is one that has simultaneously been in your control, yet also out of your control for so long is a startling realization.

Watching your life come quickly crumbling down until it screeches to a halt the moment you ask for help is also startling. Typically, the last few weeks, to the last few days, to the last few hours before someone makes the decision to ask for help and begin the detox process is chaotic. Coming to a treatment program tends to happen all at once, rather than systematically. Leaving behind your life, potentially your home, your friends, your family, your job, and everything that has been normal up until now is startling. Finding yourself signing paperwork, admitting yourself to a clinical program, and settling into a treatment center is startling. Every moment of the first moments of recovery are moments that change your life, your perception of life, and your perception of who you are in your life.

Trauma can be defined as any life event or series of events that creates such changes: altering your sense of self and your place in the world. Many who come to treatment for drug and alcohol addiction find themselves bewildered by the sudden change of direction their life has taken. They realize they were just on the brink of death, or would have reached such a place eventually. Like the person pulled down from the rooftop, yanked back from the edge of the bridge, it is easy to feel the sudden trauma of life being saved. Addiction is a progressively chronic and fatal disease. Thankfully, recovery is also progressive. When you decide to get clean and sober by seeking clinical treatment, you begin the progressive process of recovery. The dust will settle. Hope will rise. Healing is coming. All you have to do is ask for help.

The Guest House Ocala is here to help. If you are struggling with unresolved trauma that has led you to drug and alcohol addiction, there is help available. Call us today for information on our residential treatment programs for trauma, addictions, and related issues. 1-855-483-7800