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What Is Drug or Alcohol Withdrawal and How Long Does It Last?

When a person takes to a substance as a habit and starts craving for it, it becomes an addiction. Psychologically, dependence starts building and reaches a point of no return. However, when a person comes out of addiction, it usually advised that it should be done under the supervision of a doctor. It is successful if an addicted person willingly cooperates and puts in efforts. However, when a person decides suddenly to abstain or give up the substance to which he is addicted, there are problems one will have to face physically and mentally. When the intake of the substance is cut off suddenly, craving for it will not die easily. The effect of stoppage that too suddenly, will be a combination of symptoms like a feeling of fatigue, nausea, depression and the list includes hallucinations, convulsions, etc. This effect of stopping suddenly the intake of an addicted person is called withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms vary according to the substance that is discontinued. For that matter, the symptoms will be milder for quitting smoking when compared if one stops taking narcotic substance. It starts to surface within hours of stoppage. The person will have to exhibit enough will power to continue the discontinuance. The symptom will take months to completely stop appearing. It is a period of trial. Therefore, it is generally advised that any attempt to come out of addiction; it is better to be carried out under medical supervision. Medical supervision helps to tackle withdrawal symptoms very effectively.

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Medicines to counter are given to tackle the withdrawal symptoms. Progressively, the person will be able to become fully normal within a short period of time. Medical supervision and cooperation of the patient the person will get fully rehabilitated. If the person decides to come out of addiction on his own, the withdrawal system will set in very quickly and if medical advice is avoided, then withdrawal symptoms will last for months.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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