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Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)

Discussion in 'Withdrawal Symptoms' started by alfonso87, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. alfonso87

    alfonso87 Member

    A few months ago, I came across some interesting information on a long term problem for recovering addicts called PAWS which is short for post acute withdrawal syndrome. I've occasionally experienced it myself which is how I've come to find information on it. In the most basic sense, it is the long term withdrawal one would experience after the initial, severe withdrawals (sometimes referred to as acute withdrawal) during the first couple of weeks or even months. That's right, you might not be out of the woods yet when you get through your acute withdrawals. I think its important for anyone recovering from substance abuse to be aware of PAWS because you might just have it.

    To describe it further, people usually start experiencing PAWS between 2 and 6 months of being sober. Symptoms can be any of or a combination the following; difficulty concentrating and thinking, difficulty sleeping, stress, strong emotions or the lack of emotions, memory issues, irritability, general tiredness or sluggishness (if those are even words) among others. PAWS is a long term problem for most recovering addicts and I've read that it can last as much as long as 5 years for severe cases.

    Has anyone heard or experienced post acute withdrawal syndrome? Your accounts will be much appreciated.

    Read more about it here:
    http://digital-dharma.net/post-acute-withdrawal-syndrome-why-we-dont-get-better-immediately/

    http://whatmesober.com/paws/