Substance addiction can reshape and transform the way the brain functions in significant ways and this altered brain functioning may persist even after a period of detoxification and withdrawal. Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) refers to the symptoms experienced during the period of time where abstinence has been obtained but the brain has not returned to normal functioning.

The severity and duration of the symptoms experienced during Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome can vary widely from person to person, but common symptoms may include:

  • Cravings
  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Insomnia or other sleep disruptions
  • Clumsiness
  • Increased vulnerability to stress
  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Diminished happiness
  • Lack of interest in activities
  • Inability to focus or concentrate; racing thoughts
  • Difficulty solving problems
  • Inability to function properly in personal and professional relationships

These symptoms typically occur within the first six months of sobriety, particularly the first 90 days, and then gradually subside, though it is not abnormal for people to experience these symptoms in cycles over the course of several years. PAWS is believed to put individuals at a higher risk of relapse.

Substance addiction is a progressive disease that can become harder to treat and make an individual more susceptible to PAWS if left alone.

The Asana Recovery Center offers a comprehensive supervised detoxification and residential treatment program in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our facilities and find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be right for you.