Withdrawal Treatment Specialist

Unite Recovery

Addiction Medicine & Telehealth located in College Corner, OH

Withdrawal is one of the most difficult aspects of addiction recovery. At Unite Recovery in College Corner, Ohio, board-certified addiction specialist Carlene Westfall, MD, provides compassion withdrawal treatment to support your journey towards sustainable recovery. If you’re struggling to overcome addiction on your own, call Unite Recovery or schedule an appointment online now for effective withdrawal treatment.

Withdrawal Treatment Q & A

What is withdrawal treatment?

Withdrawal is the mental, physical, and emotional process of abstaining from or consuming less of a substance to which you’re addicted. It can be tempting to quit cold turkey without help from a professional addiction specialist. 

However, once you become physically dependent on a substance, it can alter how your neurotransmitters — chemical messengers for the body and brain — function. Dependence on the substance alters your brain chemistry as a result and increases your risk of serious withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal treatment, or detox, is an intentional approach to addiction treatment that involves weaning you off the substance safely to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

What symptoms can withdrawal treatment prevent?

Every substance causes its own unique withdrawal symptoms, but some of the most common include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Appetite changes
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches

Intense cravings during withdrawal can also interfere with your treatment. By working with Dr. Westfall at Unite Recovery, you can detox safely and reduce your risk of relapse.

What happens during withdrawal treatment?

Withdrawal treatment is an individualized process that affects everybody differently. The type of substance you use and the severity of your addiction greatly influence your treatment plan. In general, detox includes three main steps:


During your initial evaluation, Dr. Westfall reviews your medical and family history, performs a physical exam, and asks detailed questions regarding your substance use. 


If you’re struggling to overcome opioid or alcohol addiction, Dr. Westfall can administer Suboxone® treatment. Suboxone is a sublingual (under the tongue) combination of buprenorphine and naloxone that attaches to your opioid receptors. The medication can help relieve withdrawal symptoms and fight cravings.


After the initial stages of withdrawal, Dr. Westfall begins stabilizing your physical and mental health by implementing addiction counseling and medication management into your treatment. She may recommend a combination of individual and group therapy, as well as continued Suboxone use to prevent relapse.

Before you complete withdrawal treatment, Dr. Westfall and her staff prepare your long-term treatment plan. Long-term addiction treatment typically includes a combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle modifications to support your recovery.

To learn more about withdrawal treatment at Unite Recovery, call or schedule an appointment online today.