What does it mean to be in withdrawal?
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.