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What is Withdrawal? How Long Does It Last?

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Updated June 20, 2014

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Question: What is Withdrawal? How Long Does It Last?
Answer: If you have been using certain addictive drugs and you stop suddenly or abruptly or you cut down your use drastically, you can experience a variety of symptoms known as withdrawals. The intensity and length of these withdrawal symptoms can vary widely, depending on the type of drug and your biological make-up.

While the physical symptoms of withdrawal might last only a few days or a week, the psychological withdrawal, such as depression or dysphoria, can last for weeks.

For detailed information about withdrawal symptoms associated with specific drugs, please see:

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in most cases the symptoms associated with drug withdrawal are easily treated with medications that reduce or eliminate the discomfort. But, treating withdrawal is not the same as treating the addiction itself.

How severe are your symptoms when you try to quit?

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Source:

National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Frequently Asked Questions." The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction. Accessed February 2014

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