Post-acute withdrawal syndrome… the first step is always the hardest.
Withdrawing from addiction or cleansing yourself may appear like the end of your worries.
You’ll presume life will improve and things return to normal… if only that were true.
Withdrawal has two phases:
Acute withdrawal syndrome
Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS)
Most people go through a brief phase of physical discomfort, known as acute withdrawal – the body’s way of healing itself.
When that’s over, post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) the second phase of the withdrawal process begins.
This depends on the extent and strength of alcohol or other addictions. Even when sober, physical discomfort can endure for weeks or even months. Approximately, PAWS can last 18-24 months post abstinence begins.
Unlike the first stage, this involves more of the psychological aspects of withdrawal.
PAWS may occur with any addictive substance. Although, it’s most common among people who stopped using the following substances:
How Your Body Reacts During Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?
First, you will
feel a rollercoaster of emotions. This can be excruciating but will slowly disappear as you make progress.
Then, as you recover, the symptoms come in waves.
We have our highs and lows; they come and go, which makes it difficult because of its unpredictability.
As challenging as it is, think of PAWS as the brain’s way of fixing chemical imbalances suffered during active addiction.
Here are the
most common PAWS symptoms:
Severe mood swings
Difficulty with cognitive skills (such as learning, working memory, logic, and reasoning)
Other (PAWS) symptoms may include:
Inability to focus
Poor impulse control
Increased sensitivity to stress
Difficulty maintaining relationships
Obsessive-compulsive (OC) behavior
Lack of interest, enthusiasm, and concern
Craving clinically abused substances (drugs)
Sleep pattern disturbances
How Long Does Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome Last?
The withdrawal process can take a while.
The body can recuperate in the brief term. However, it may take months or years for the brain to recover from serious drug or alcohol addiction.
Most symptoms last for a few days at a time. It’s in correlation with the intensity and duration of one’s substance use.
The brain repair cycle takes 6 months to 2 years before the brain releases important chemicals, such as:
Top 5 Modalities of Treatment for Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome
We offer outpatient treatment programs. Available to help you through the PAWS phase during recovery to prevent relapse.
At Willow Place for Women, we guide our patients on the path to healing. We make sure PAWS doesn’t affect our clients’ personal or professional lives.
Here are the top modalities of treatment we use for our patients dealing with post acute withdrawal syndrome:
Yoga is an
effective rehabilitation tool for substance use disorders (SUD).
It is regarded as a natural form of medicine.
Yoga at Willow place for women
At Willow Place for Women, we know how important treating the mind, body, and spirit is to holistic healing so yoga has always been a part of our modalities of treatment to post-acute withdrawal syndrome.
How Yoga Can Help Treat PAWS?
Yoga is largely being used in treatment programs for substance abuse and throughout rehabilitation. Here’s how yoga can help treat PAWS:
Aids in the prevention of possible relapse
Eases symptoms of withdrawal
Provides a healthy outlet for dealing with possible stressors in daily life.
Guided imagery is a process that involves all senses with the
use of our imagination.
We can conjure up an imaginary experience to replace frightening or unpleasant thoughts.
Also known as:
How Guided Imagery Can Help Treat PAWS?
For example, if someone is afraid of vaccination because of a bad occurrence, guided imagery can be used.
Plus, it helps them imagine themselves not feel the needle. Therefore, defeating this fear.
In addition to that, it sparks positive healing messages throughout the mind and body.
Guided imagery is especially helpful during the healing process.
Biofeedback is a method that can be used to
gain control over our mind and body during treatment.
With that being said, we are connected to electrical sensors during biofeedback. This allows us to obtain information about our bodies.
Also known as:
How Biofeedback Can Help Treat PAWS?
Biofeedback helps in understanding involuntary functions such as:
Post acute withdrawal syndrome can result in:
Intense involuntary reactions
This can also treat common symptoms of PAWS.
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Meditation therapy allows
a state of inner peace.
Its ultimate aim is to coordinate mind and body for better mental well-being and better quality of life.
How Meditation Can Help Treat PAWS?
It promotes an important life skill. This is necessary for a happy recovery from addiction: mind/body awareness.
Introduced by the Buddha as a
path to spiritual enlightenment.
With that being said, it is the art of being present in our lives. This is a gentle way to raise an understanding of our minds.
4 Foundations of mindfulness:
Mindfulness of Dhamma
How Mindfulness Can Help Treat PAWS?
Mindfulness practices help us reshape our brain in ways that bring more:
Happiness in our lives
These symptoms are a sign that you’re recovering from your addiction. This means you’re being reborn to a higher level of health and clarity.
Why Willow Place for Women?
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