Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

When residents enter into treatment, often they fear the physical withdrawal symptoms and forget about the emotional and psychological withdrawal symptoms that can make long-term sobriety so difficult.

These emotional and psychological symptoms comprise the second stage of withdrawal, called “Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome” or P.A.W.S. There is no set length of time that these symptoms may linger. It depends on variables such as age, length and type of substance misuse, environment, and recovery program.
Post Acute Withdrawal symptoms may include the following:
  • Lethargy
  • Anhedonia
  • Emotional Lability
  • Stress Sensitivity
  • Memory Problems
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Physical Coordination Problems
At AToN Center, we teach you how to manage P.A.W.S symptoms by providing recovery study groups, mindfulness exercises and developing healthy habits with emphasis on the following:
  • Stabilization and Awareness (Mindfulness)
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Relaxation
  • Spirituality
  • Balanced Living
While there is no short- term “cure” for Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, AToN Center focuses on developing the ability to accept and manage the uncomfortable symptoms. Recovery from addiction is a process that requires learning new coping skills and developing a healthy support group to be maintained long after leaving AToN Center.
Kate Judd M.S., CADC-II
CD Counselor
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