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Withdrawal: No one said it would be easy…

Withdrawal: No one said it would be easy…

Over the last few months, we’ve talked to all sorts of people on the Helpline. Most of them feel that they have become dependent on drugs or alcohol and have made a decision that they want to free themselves from that dependence. But most of them are also, quite naturally, concerned about the withdrawal process.

Apart from it being a big change for us to make – especially if the drinking or drug use has been a feature of our life for many, many years – and we know that change is difficult, we need to be prepared for the physical symptoms of altering what we take into our body, alongside the difficulty of living life without something which was helping us to cope. Quite often callers say that they’ve read the ‘horror stories’ about people in withdrawal having violent reactions, such as seizures, and they are naturally scared – sometimes worried that the symptoms might frighten their children or might happen when they are out in public and be dangerous or just highly embarrassing.

So we thought it was time to share some information. As Phil, one of our Recovery Coaches based in Barrow, says: “the key is that the withdrawals will not be as bad as the addiction. So with the correct support, guidance and, if necessary, medication it’s a hell of a lot easier to withdraw than it is to kill yourself slowly through your addiction”. And it’s clearly a lot worse for those who care about you, too. If they want you to stay around then they will be there to support you through the withdrawal process, too.

If you’re able, start by talking to your GP and then to the people closest to you, so that they know what you’re planning to do and can keep an eye on you through your withdrawal. Your experience will be different from anyone else’s and it’s impossible to say precisely how it will go, but there is a lot of information about the kind of things that may happen and how to cope with them.

One of the great websites out there for anything to do with mental health is Very Well Mind (verywellmind.com). We’ve picked out a few pages on there that may help you make the right choices about how to manage your withdrawal process, or understand what’s going on for someone you love who’s in withdrawal.

What is Withdrawal?
What to expect during withdrawal depending on what you are withdrawing from and the options available to you
https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-withdrawal-how-long-does-it-last-63036

How Can I Feel Better During Drug or Alcohol Withdrawal?
Some of the mental symptoms you are likely to experience and how you could choose to manage them
https://www.verywellmind.com/how-can-i-feel-better-during-drug-or-alcohol-withdrawal-4160020

How to Maintain a Social Life When You’re Quitting Drinking
Tips for reconfiguring your social life during withdrawal to keep yourself safe and well supported
https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-go-out-when-you-re-quitting-drinking-4788307

Above all, take care of yourself.

No one said withdrawal would be easy – but the rest of your life starts here!

 

 

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Withdrawal: No one said it would be easy…

Withdrawal: No one said it would be easy…

Over the last few months, we’ve talked to all sorts of people on the Helpline. Most of them feel that they have become dependent on drugs or alcohol and have made a decision that they want to free themselves from that dependence. But most of them are also, quite naturally, concerned about the withdrawal process.… Continue Reading

Stay active indoors this autumn

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CADAS has been a partner in Active Cumbria’s ‘Walking for Health’ project for quite a while now. They have trained our staff and volunteers to lead short group walks for people of any level of fitness in Barrow, Workington, Carlisle and Kendal. However, most of these walks cannot run at the moment and some of… Continue Reading

Make sleep a priority – here’s how

Make sleep a priority – here’s how

How have you been sleeping lately? Struggling with anxious or intrusive thoughts? Just unable to ‘switch off’? You’re not alone but if you’re not getting 7 hours sleep a night you’re making yourself more vulnerable to all sorts of things – from weight gain to heart disease – and if you go long enough without… Continue Reading

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Read the quotes below and see how #CommunitesCan and the funding from The National Lottery Community Fund helps CADAS to help people struggling with substance use.

The National Lottery Community Fund is part of the Goverments £750m support package for charities.

I really look forward to the Thursday drop-in group online. I find Richard a great listener and I take on board the excellent advice that he gives me. It gives me a chance to speak to others who are going on their own journeys and helps me realise that I’m not alone in mine — Client in recovery

CADAS for me is a fantastic organisation. I’ve been a recovering addict for nearly 2 years and they have helped me to get a positive outlook for the future. I’m looking forward to learning more from CADAS on the recovery support worker training so I can help others the way they have helped me. (Client who now wishes to train as a recovery volunteer)

“Thanks for inviting us to the family group yesterday. It was really useful. Though people are having tough times there’s a strength and comfort for us in feeling we aren’t alone, and lots of useful examples of how others are coping and supporting their loved ones in really difficult circumstances. There was real bravery and courage in the stories people shared, impressive, humbling and instructive. Thanks again, we’ll be doing all we can to become regular members.” (PCFS group member)

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