Although stopping substance abuse is good, it can cause withdrawal symptoms as your body adjusts to life without drugs and alcohol. These symptoms are part of the drug detox process, which lasts anywhere from 4 days to 5 weeks. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, acute withdrawal lasts the longest for people detoxing from benzodiazepines.
The most common withdrawal symptoms include muscle cramps, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, sweating and diarrhea. How long these symptoms last depends on several factors, such as how long you’ve been using the substance and how much you normally use.
An alcohol and drug detox program is the first step to eliminating substances from your body and preparing for substance abuse treatment. Once you stop all substance abuse and rid your body of harmful chemicals, you can focus on improving your mental health and recovering from your drug or alcohol addiction.