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When taking drugs or alcohol continuously for a prolonged period of time, your body may develop a physiological and/or psychological dependence on the substance. Physiological dependence is when your body has started to rely on the substance in order for it to feel normal and function. Psychological dependence is when you think that you need the substance in order to function. You might be thinking that taking the substance will enable you to work better or socialize with others at a party.

What is withdrawal?

Withdrawal is the set of physical and mental effects a person experiences after they reduce or stop taking a substance such as recreational drugs. These effects are a result of your body trying to reach a new state of homeostasis after the sudden absence of the substance from your body. The intensity and duration of a person’s withdrawal symptoms can vary, depending on several factors:

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Common Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms vary, depending on several factors. They can last anywhere from several days to weeks. The most common symptoms include:
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle cramps and aches
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Tearing eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Restlessness
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Dehydration
  • Poor sleep
  • Mood swings

What is Withdrawal Management?

Withdrawal management, also known as detoxification or detox, is the treatment of a person who is experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal management ensures the patient’s comfort and health which can make it easier for him/her to stay on track on his/her journey to recovery. It involves providing the person with professional medical and psychological care. Typically, the most severe withdrawal symptoms occur during the first few days. While most symptoms will taper off, some will linger long after the patient has entered a rehab program. Emotional and psychological symptoms, for example, can still occur. Withdrawal management can help patients understand what to expect and how to deal with these symptoms.

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Recovering from an addiction isn’t easy, but it can be done. There are plenty of treatments available that have helped people stop abusing drugs and start living productive lives again.