Will Emergency Rooms Help Me Manage My Withdrawal Symptoms?

Drug or alcohol addicts may seek relief from their withdrawal symptoms at their local hospital’s emergency room. They may expect the hospital to give them medication that will fend off withdrawal, or they may be surprised by or concerned about extreme withdrawal symptoms. Medical staff members are trained to be on alert for addicts exhibiting drug-seeking behavior, but they can protect the health of those overwhelmed by withdrawal symptoms.

What Is Withdrawal?

When addicts stop taking drugs or alcohol, they will experience withdrawal symptoms as the chemical leaves their body. This period of detoxification can last from several days to multiple weeks depending on the length and severity of the abuse. Symptoms may begin as soon as a few hours after the last dose and can include any of the following:

  • Shaking, tremors or convulsions
  • Extreme pain through the muscles, bones and joints
  • Headaches
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Intense anxiety or panic attacks
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever, chills or cold sweats
  • Crawling skin
  • Seizures
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

In some cases these symptoms can be life-threatening.

When to Go to an Emergency Room for Withdrawal Help

Withdrawal symptoms can be life threatening, and approved recovery programs can relieve the most painful aspects of detox while ensuring health and safety. If you or someone you know is considering seeking withdrawal help from an emergency room, the following are a few things you should know first:

  • If an ER doctor suspects you are exhibiting drug-seeking behavior, he or she will likely refer you to a detox program
  • If you lie about an injury to procure additional medications from the ER, you are only exacerbating your addiction
  • If an addict is exhibiting life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, ER doctors will treat those but will not interfere with the overall detox process if at all possible

The Benefits of Comprehensive Addiction Rehabilitation

Some people seek help from an ERm because they believe that once their withdrawal symptoms fade they will be able to handle the rest of their recovery alone. This is almost never the case. As intense as detox can be, it is truly only the beginning of recovery. The psychological aspects of addiction are the most powerful, and they require careful and professional treatment. Recovering addicts must heal physically, and this must be followed by mental and emotional healing and learning new ways of thinking and living a chemical-free life.

Get Clean and Stay Clean

If you are ready to get clean once and for all, call our toll-free helpline. Let our expert counselors answer your questions and offer the best recovery programs for your specific needs. An emergency room is an important option for people in medical crisis, but it is not the ultimate answer for your recovery. A fully integrated physical and psychological treatment program will give you the tools you need to build a healthy new life. Call today.