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Withdrawal is generally defined as the set of symptoms experienced upon the sudden cessation, or sharp reduction, of the regular use of a drug. While the symptoms will, naturally, vary widely based on the specific substance at issue, in most cases they will involve in the symptoms, processes, feelings, or emotions that were being suppressed by the drug being experienced on a heightened or inflated level. For example, withdrawal from stimulants will likely result in exaggerated feelings of depression whereas those going through withdrawal from depressants will likely experience exaggerated feelings of stimulation.

In addition to the type of drug, the severity of the withdrawal experienced may depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • The length of time an individual has been using and abusing the substance
  • The method of substance use
  • The amount of substance ingested at each use
  • An individual’s genetics and family history
  • An individual’s history of medical conditions or mental health disorders

The length of the withdrawal period will also vary based on the substance at issue. Depending on the severity and duration of the symptoms, a medically supervised detoxification program may be recommended.

The Asana Recovery Center offers a supervised detoxification and residential treatment program in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be the right fit for you.


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