Withdrawal is an unpleasant state that occurs when someone who has been taking a drug regularly suddenly stops taking the drug. This can be a risky way to quit drugs or alcohol.
Withdrawal symptoms vary greatly, from being mildly unpleasant to life-threatening, and medical supervision and treatment -- detox -- can greatly improve safety, as well as the individual's experience of the physical effects and psychological symptoms. Withdrawal from a drug tends to be opposite to the effects of the drug.
Different drugs produce different withdrawal syndromes
- Alcohol Withdrawal
- Nictine Withdrawal
- Cannabis Withdrawal
- Caffeine Withdrawal
- Heroin Withdrawal
- Cocaine Withdrawal
- Meth Withdrawal
Sometimes, withdrawal symptoms can go on for much longer than the initial detox period.
Also Known As: withdrawal symptoms, cold turkey
Common Misspellings: withdrawl
Examples: Joanna decided to become abstinent from alcohol after a long period of heavy drinking and, as a result, went into withdrawal and became very ill.