Over the past few days we have been focusing on the significance of Post acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) in the life of many addicts which are not really the same in everyone. We can confidently say that the variation is very evident and that is why we want to focus our discussion on this article about understanding how post acute withdrawal complicates recovery and how best it can be managed. To do this effectively, we are going to relay on the experts experience of experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. This is a health facility that was established by doctor Dalal Akoury who is a medical and also a veteran addiction expert for several decades now. Her passionate decision to formulate this facility was motivated by the desire of making a difference in people’s lives especially those who are struggling with any kind of addiction whether directly or indirectly. With her input we are going to have the clear understanding of the patterns of post acute withdrawal. This is therefore very important and I want to request you to stay with us on the link and together get the vital information we all need to be on the safer side of any complications that are associated with drug addiction. Now back to the understanding the patterns of post-acute withdrawal, the variation can be categorized in various ways including how severe they are, how often they occur and how long they last. In the same breath some people will often experience certain symptoms while some will also have other symptoms and yet again some people will have none at all says doctor Akoury.
From the expert’s point of view, it is important to note that over a period of time PAWS may get better, it may get worse it may stay the same, or it may come and go. Now take note of this:
- That every time it gets better we call it regenerative
- If it gets worse it is known as degenerative
- If it stays the same we call it stable and
- If it comes and goes we call it intermittent.
We all need to be informed of the functionalities of each of these stages. Information is power and the more you know about post-acute withdrawal symptoms the better since you will not make certain mistakes that are predominantly being made by many uninformed people across the globe. Now take a moment and listen to the following facts as we progress into the discussion.
Addiction is not a respecter of anybody and we must do all it takes to bring it to manageable levels. Doctor Dalal Akoury says that at this stage the good news about it is that the regenerative PAWS gradually improves over time. She adds that the reason why sobriety is very important is because the longer period of time a person stays sober the less severe the symptoms become. It therefore means that it become much easier for people with regenerative PAWS to recover because the brain rapidly returns to normal and that explains why we must all take the front lane in eliminating misuse of alcohol and all other substances of abuse says doctor Dalal Akoury.
Having understood how regenerative PAWS works, the degenerative PAWS is the direct opposite. In this case the symptoms get worse the longer a person is sober. This may happen even when a person is going through rehabilitation to AA/NA or even when following some type of recovery program. It is regrettable to note that in many cases the people with degenerative PAWS often become relapse prone. The most devastating part of this is that at this point sobriety becomes so painful to the victims that they feel they must take it up on themselves by self-medicating the pain with the wrong substances including alcohol or drugs. The consequences of this may include the collapse physically or emotionally, or commit suicide to end the pain.
Doctor Dalal is registering that under normal circumstances a person with stable PAWS experiences the same level of symptoms for a long period of time into recovery. There may be days when the symptoms are a little better or a little worse, but essentially the symptoms remain unchanged. Most recovering people find this very frustrating because they believe that they should be feeling better the longer they are sober. With sufficient sober time many people learn to manage these symptoms.
Finally with intermittent PAWS the symptoms come and go. At the initial stages, people with intermittent symptoms will appear to experience a regenerative pattern. That is to say that their symptoms will get better rapidly. But then they begin to experience periodic PAWS episodes that can be quite severe. It is equally important to note that for some people the episodes get shorter, less severe, and farther apart until they stop altogether while in others they occur periodically throughout life.
According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center these patterns actually describes people who have not had treatment for PAWS and who do not know how to manage or prevent the symptoms. It is also necessary to mentioned that the traditional treatment does not address these symptoms because until recently they were unrecognized. If you know what to do and you are willing to do it, degenerative PAWS can be changed into stable, stable into regenerative, and regenerative into intermittent PAWS.
Doctor Akoury is making emphasis that the most common pattern of PAWS is regenerative and over time it becomes intermittent. From there it gradually gets better until the symptoms disappear and then it comes and goes. It therefore means that the first step is to bring PAWS symptoms into remission. This means bringing them under control so that you are not experiencing them at the present time and the ultimate goal is:
- To reduce how often they occur
- How long the episode lasts and
- How bad the symptoms are.
In all these you must always remember that even when you are not experiencing them there is always the tendency for them to recur. It is therefore necessary to build a resistance against them and you can always consult with the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Akoury for further professional guidance.