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Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal: An Insight

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In the context of withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, it is crucial that the concept of addiction and dependence is first acknowledged. Prolonged or excessive use of a substance can lead to tolerance and physical dependence. This process in itself is complex and depends on many factors.

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Withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs is the set of clinical features that occur when a person cuts out or cuts back the addictive substance after a period of prolonged or excessive use.

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Sophie Kirkman
23 Jul 2021
Good distinction between psychological and physical dependency. Importance of safety in withdrawal needs emphasis; I’ve known unsupervised alcohol withdrawal to cause serious seizures, which could have fatal consequences. Harm minimisation is well covered. References could’ve been stronger, but the material is remains very sound.
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Amany Baalash
08 May 2021
It seems precise, fruitful and helpful.
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Barbara hattam
27 May 2021
An interesting read
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Lynn Hancock
31 Jan 2020
this article was educational and informative. I gained a better understanding of addiction.
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Lucinda Orange
28 Apr 2020
Straight forward and easy to understand. Look forward to learning more.
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stanley catts
19 Feb 2020
Mandatory knowledge these days with drug abuse commonly known.Seen throughout the work force
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Eilis funder-wright
15 Feb 2020
This article was succinct and provided clarity on the basic principles of withdrawl and substance abuse.
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Julianne Forbes
12 May 2021
Interesting knowledge gained
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Sourav chawla
05 Jan 2020
Very informative.
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Nikki Sime
08 Mar 2021
Concise and interesting. Good links for further reading
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