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What does it mean to be in withdrawal?

What does it mean to be in withdrawal?

We answer your FAQs: what does it mean to be in withdrawal? Find out about it in this page from Confidant Health.

Withdrawals are a physical and psychological reaction to suddenly stopping a substance after a prolonged period of use or dependency. The symptoms of withdrawal are often very uncomfortable and can include anxiety, pain, trouble sleeping, sweatiness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Importantly, withdrawal from alcohol and benzodiazepines can be severe and even lethal and should be monitored by medical professionals. 

Medications may be used to curb withdrawal symptoms. Discuss these options with your healthcare provider.

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This article has been medically reviewed by
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Nurse Practitioner

Erin is a Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of experience in midwifery and women's health. She has spent the past 5 years specializing in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders.

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