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Fatal withdrawal

Discussion in 'Withdrawal Symptoms' started by remnant, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. remnant

    remnant Community Champion

    Some people have abused drugs for such long periods of time that they have become part of the normal physiological processes. The severance of drug use results in severe withdrawal symptoms, even death. Such cases have been reported around like one in East Africa where I heard six people had died after quitting. Do you hear of such addiction related fatalities? How does one withdraw safely?
  2. LoveEcho

    LoveEcho Community Champion

    My aunt had near fatal withdrawls. She was recovering from cancer and she had become addicted to her pain medicine and started abusing it, so her doctor got frustrated and cut her off completely. Her withdrawls became so severe she had a siezure and had to be hospitalized. She ended up finding a new doctor that understood addiction and slowly weaned her the right way.
  3. Mara

    Mara Community Champion

    With people who have abused drugs for a long time, it is best to wean them off the drugs than going cold turkey. Their bodies cannot readily abrupt to the sudden change, thus some have resulted in fatalities. It is advisable that people who want to quit are monitored by doctors and professionals during recovery.
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  4. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    I just want to say that I think it's always best to seek a doctor's advice/supervision when quitting any drug.
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  5. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    I have heard of a few people from news reports who were severe alcoholics who died just from drinking water. Their body apparently had become so used to or habituated to alcohol that water killed them. It is hard to imagine but true. I don't think in these cases, the person was really attempting to detox..but just an illustration, that detox needs to be managed carefully.
  6. I hadn't even heard about that. I didn't know that quitting something cold turkey could actually kill you. This is very good to know... Thank you for educating me on this, so that I can do a bit more research on it. I've always known that weaning yourself off a drug was the best approach to help the quitting process but I didn't know how important it actually was. That is really shocking...
  7. rajesh

    rajesh Senior Contributor

    Seriously, I have not ever heard about such cases where people 'die' because of withdrawal symptoms. See, the withdrawal symptoms are mostly psychological and mental and no physical harm takes place. All the things that we experience during withdrawal period like depression, bad mood, etc are psychological. I don't understand the connection between physical death and withdrawal period. By the way, most withdrawal symptoms are temporary and they fade over time. So, the only suggestion I will give you to pass the withdrawal period safely is to prevent relapses.
  8. Momma9

    Momma9 Community Champion

    @rajesh do a google search and read article after article about those who die from withdrawal in jail after being arrested! You can certainly die from withdrawal of heroin or alcohol if you are an extremely heavy user that stops cold turkey. The withdrawal can cause seizures that can be fatal.

    Withdrawal is nothing to play around with. There are many resource available to help those who want to quit using. If you or anyone you know is attempting to stop a serious alcohol or drug addiction, please get help or encourage them to get help!
  9. kaiserflame

    kaiserflame Member

    I have never really experienced hard drug withdrawal but I have quit smoking and drinking for several years now. Stopping a few days was already super hard. Not just in terms of mood but what your body feels like. One of my neighbors (58 y/o) who was a heavy drinker all his life died four months ago because he went cold turkey in an attempt to turn his life around. The toll on his body and his mental health was too much for him.
  10. Jose

    Jose Active Contributor

    I remember watching a show on Discovery Health I think, about a guy who had been an alcoholic for a long time. In the show they followed his life and attempt to getting sober. Anyways, they guy didn't make it, at the end of the show they say the guy died due to alcohol withdrawal. I was shocked, until then I had no idea you could die from quitting alcohol. I think that show actually helped me, that made me quit alcohol faster than I would have otherwise.
  11. kaiserflame

    kaiserflame Member

    It's something a lot of people do not get. You don't just quit outright when your body has a dependence to a substance. People say "just quit" instead of attempting to help you a safer way. True, while substance usage is still early, it is better to have it controlled or stopped but if you've been doing it for many years, medical advice from a specialist is the best way to go.
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  12. JohnBeaulieu

    JohnBeaulieu Community Champion

    Withdrawal often needs medical supervision to be completed safely. Even complications that don't result in death can and should be avoided when possible. If you have ever witnessed somebody going through initial stages of withdrawal in a setting like a jail you know what I mean. It can be gruesome and terrible. It is not a trivial matter.
  13. Novelangel

    Novelangel Active Contributor

    I wonder if drinking water could harm the health of an infant or toddler who was born with alcohol addiction? I have never heard of this before but I have heard of a couple cases where the person (although not necessarily addicted to anything), was somehow allergic to water and would have a bad reaction whenever drinking or touching it. It does make me wonder if those people could be predisposed to alcoholic addiction.
  14. remnant

    remnant Community Champion

    I have also observed that those with serious withdrawals requiring medical intervention follow certain trajectories. One group makes a clean break from addiction and invariably never relapses. The other group seems determined to continue on the well trodden path and continue with their indulgence with abandon. This takes caregivers and wellwishers by surprise and most leave the addict to their own devices.
  15. Okaviator

    Okaviator Senior Contributor

    Withdrawals can be very dangerous. I remember when I decided to quit drinking. Every night I would have nightmares and wake up in a cold sweat.