Psychological Treatment for Narcotic Drug Withdrawal


Your healthcare provider or counselor will help you to admit that you have a drug problem. He or she will also help you identify the stresses in your life and find ways to better handle stress and anxiety.

Your healthcare provider will recommend community self-help groups, usually led by former addicts, as well as individual counseling for you. Parents, family, and friends should attend counseling sessions to form a support group. These sessions will encourage speaking about feelings. You may also get information about nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and deep breathing techniques.

How long will the effects last?

Withdrawal periods vary from person to person but the worst part usually lasts 7 to 10 days.

How can I take care of myself?

Follow these guidelines:

  • Take the full course of treatment prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • Do not use narcotic drugs again.
  • Take only medicines prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • Be aware of the side effects of the medicines you take and interactions with other medicines.
  • Stay away from people who use street drugs and from places where you previously obtained or used drugs.
  • Seek counseling for yourself or anyone you feel might be addicted to drugs.
  • Stay with a support group that can help you through hard times.
  • Start an exercise program.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.
  • Take it one day at a time. Remember that you are always recovering and are never truly free from your addiction.

What can be done to help prevent narcotic drug use?

Stay away from drugs except when your healthcare provider prescribes them for a medical problem and checks your use of them.