In an article on thefix.com, Dr. Sack talks about protracted withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). PAWS is the name of the condition that leaves recovering addicts and alcoholics feeling the worse for wear. PAWS is a series of post-acute symptoms of recovery from dependence on drugs including benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and opiates. Dr. Sack is quoted saying, “the brain has tremendous capacity to heal, but it doesn’t heal quickly. In general, PAWS symptoms peak around four to eight weeks after quitting.” Read the entire article here.
Marvelous Girl spoke to psychiatrist, Dr. David Sack MD, CEO of Promises Treatment Center, to discuss the psychological effects of abduction, such as the tragic Ohio kidnappings, and what it means for the victims. The article discusses the psychological effects and recovery process for children who have experienced abduction. Dr. Sack explains that, “in the weeks and months following a traumatic event, some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder. They may have difficulty sleeping because of nightmares, anxiety and frightening thoughts.” He also discusses the role that loved ones play in the recovery process and the loved one’s experience.