Drug and Alcohol addiction is an illness that not only affects the life of the individual addicted but also many friends and family members. As with all addictions it can affect individuals from all walks of life. Drug and Alcohol addiction can cause great changes in behaviour making the user unpredictable and in some cases dangerous. Ultimately the symptoms are the same and the user is driven to find ways and means to get more drugs regardless of the consequences. The user does not need to have a physical dependency to have a problem but will be obsessed by the need to use more. In most cases, drug use will lead to paranoia, depression, erratic behavior and a physical addiction. The nature of the illness unless treated will lead to repeated attempts to stop using followed by repeated relapse. It is a life threatening condition that claims many lives on a daily basis.
Detox from drug and alcohol addiction is especially dangerous when not supervised and managed, especially for long term daily drinkers. Some of the effects of withdrawal are mild sweating, shaking, mood swings, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and hallucinations. The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be severe; sudden withdrawal can result in brain damage, seizures, heart palpitations, and other effects that can lead to hospitalisation or death.
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