Latest A Forever Recovery Blog Explains the Meaning of “Dope Sick”

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In its latest blog post, A Forever Recovery, an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in, is explaining a term that is causing confusion among the parents, family members and loved ones of individuals recovering from addiction: “dope sick.”

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Residential inpatient treatment remains among the best options for addicts when it comes to handling dope sickness, since they receive around-the-clock medical and therapeutic support, along with programs that can include cognitive behavioral therapy.

In its latest blog post, A Forever Recovery, an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in, is explaining a term that is causing confusion among parents, family members and loved ones of individuals recovering from addiction: “dope sick.”

“The term dope sick essentially refers to the withdrawal symptoms associated with coming off drugs,” commented A Forever Recovery’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “However, while the term is becoming fairly common, there’s concern that it’s not accurately conveying the potential depth and severity of these symptoms, which encompass both physical and emotional issues that can last for a few days, a few weeks or even a few months.”

The new A Forever Recovery Blog post also highlights some specific symptoms associated with being dope sick, including:

  • Tremors and shaking
  • Muscle aches and spasms, including ‘restless’ muscles
  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Digestion disruptions, including loss of appetite or, conversely, a huge return of appetite
  • An insatiable desire to eat
  • Vomiting, diarrhea and, sometimes, constipation
  • The sensation of bugs crawling on or under the skin, which can lead to self-harm from scratching or slapping at the sensations.
  • Feeling hyper-aware of breathing, heartbeat or other feelings that largely pass unnoticed by those not undergoing withdrawal
  • Severe dry mouth
  • Insatiable, sudden thirst
  • Intense headaches
  • Sweating
  • Uncontrollable yawning
  • Problems with balance
  • Mental agitation
  • Anxiety, ranging from slight feelings of unease to paranoia
  • Frustration at tasks the person may otherwise find simple
  • Overwhelming feelings of depression, despondency, loneliness or worthlessness

Added Per Wickstrom: “Residential inpatient treatment remains among the best options for addicts when it comes to handling dope sickness, since they receive around-the-clock medical and therapeutic support, along with programs that can include cognitive behavioral therapy.”

The full text of A Forever Recovery’s latest blog post entitled “What Does it Mean When Drug Users Talk About Being Dope Sick?” is available at http://aforeverrecovery.com/blog/addiction/mean-drug-users-talk-dope-sick

About A Forever Recovery

A Forever Recovery program is an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in. Not every treatment methodology works for every client. Some people are very receptive to 12-step principles, whereas others are more comfortable with faith-based treatment. Cognitive approaches have excellent success, whereas others thrive within a more holistic approach. A Forever Recovery allows clients to choose from a wide range of recovery methodologies, coupled with Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT), to achieve success rates unmatched in the addiction treatment industry. The bottom line is that there is no single therapeutic approach to recovery that works for everyone… until now.

Learn more at http://aforeverrecovery.com/

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