How Long Does the Withdrawal Effect Last?

Those who attempt to quit alcohol or substance use may experience symptoms commonly associated with withdrawal. These symptoms can range from psychological to physical ailments and can vary in terms of severity. The withdrawal effect can make overcoming addiction or substance abuse seem unachievable. With the proper help and support, however, a person can move past this difficult period and progress on their journey towards recovery. But what exactly is withdrawal and just how long should someone expect its effect to last? 

Defining Withdrawal and its Timeline

Withdrawal occurs when a person has become excessively dependent on alcohol or a substance. This dependency comes as a result of heavy alcohol or substance use. There are also cases where one’s genetics can contribute to quickening a person’s dependency and addiction to substances. 

The range for withdrawal from alcohol or substances typically varies between five and seven days. Withdrawal symptoms can start to arise either immediately after just a few hours or after two days. However, the peak of the symptoms should occur after around 48 hours or a little beyond that point. Once this period has passed, you should begin to no longer feel most of the noticeable symptoms. 

Post-Acute-Withdrawal Syndrome

In some cases though, the effects of withdrawal will extend beyond the typical 5-to-7-day window period. There have been instances where withdrawal has persisted for weeks and even years with an individual. This could be occurring because of your brain chemistry taking a while to readjust after a long period of alcohol or drug dependency and reliance. Those who go through this process may experience post-acute withdrawal syndrome and its long-term effects.

This condition’s symptoms are often more psychologically oriented. They include fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. These kinds of symptoms can stay with a person for months and years. However, these issues and their impacts can be lessened through support and treatment. Twin Town Treatment Centers provides an outpatient treatment that is a diverse and comprehensive program that will support you or your loved ones on all levels. It is immediately practiced in daily life by our patients and has proven to be effective.

The process of quitting alcohol or substance use can be challenging without guidance and a proper support system. At Twin Town Treatment Centers, we operate six facilities throughout Los Angeles and Orange County that strive to offer both experiences while continuing to provide a safe and welcoming environment for those starting their journey towards recovery. Get in touch with us today by calling us at (866) 594-8844 or fill out our online form to get started. Our team of professionals will provide you with a no-cost interview and assessment for alcohol and drug issues