Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal: An Insight

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Withdrawal is the process of cutting out or cutting back on alcohol or drugs after a period of prolonged or excessive use. This can lead to a variety of symptoms. A common example of withdrawal is feeling a headache slowly develop when you forgo your morning coffee.

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Prolonged or excessive use of a substance can lead to tolerance and physical dependence. This process in itself is complex and depends on various physical, environmental, social and psychological factors. It’s this dependence that the body has on the substance that then leads to withdrawal if the substance is abruptly stopped or reduced.


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Sophie Kirkman
23 Jul 2021
Good distinction between psychological and physical dependency. Importance of safety in withdrawal needs emphasis; I’ve known unsupervised alcohol withdrawal to cause serious seizures, which could have fatal consequences. Harm minimisation is well covered. References could’ve been stronger, but the material is remains very sound.
Amany Baalash
08 May 2021
It seems precise, fruitful and helpful.
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09 Apr 2023
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Helen Pace
18 Dec 2022
Good brief reading. Offers links for further links and understanding
Carolyn Daly
18 Jan 2023
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Well presented.
Irene Henry
08 Sep 2022
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Very good
Barbara hattam
27 May 2021
An interesting read
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25 Dec 2022
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11 Jan 2023
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