In many situations, a first-time drug offense can result in rehabilitation instead of jail. The reason for this accommodation is the harsh and possibly life-threatening effects that quitting drugs can have on a person.

The physical and physiological effects of suddenly quitting drug use are intense. Of course, the first symptom drug users have is a craving. Their body craves the familiar substance. Other withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea/nausea/vomiting
  • Fever
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Death

The individual’s reaction to the drug withdrawal varies. For most people with a substance addiction, the symptoms are severe.

Is it cruel to require a drug addict to quit without medication?

A Massachusetts woman was thrown in jail for ten days after violating the terms of her parole. The woman was in treatment for a fentanyl addiction after stealing jewelry to purchase the drug. While in rehab, the woman relapsed and used fentanyl, which landed her in jail.

She remained incarcerated for ten days without drug counseling or medication. The woman reflected on her symptoms. She believes it is cruel to require those with a substance addiction to obtain from drug use altogether.

Are relapses expected?

Some medical experts explain that relapsing is part of recovery and that it is nearly impossible to end a substance disorder with sheer will-power. Experts explain that ending the disorder will take guidance, counseling, time, and possibly other medication to minimize the side effects.

If you or a loved one have a substance use disorder, you should seek guidance. Understanding the addiction may help mitigate the charges. Enlist an advocate that will fight for your best interest.