Withdrawal is a collection of symptoms that manifest after a person reduces or stops use of a drug on which they are physically dependent. The type and duration of symptoms vary by substance.
Casual terms like “dope sickness” or “going cold turkey” minimize the distress of withdrawal. The process can be a very vulnerable period for people, and it often requires medical supervision.
- Withdrawal (Alcohol and Drug Foundation)
Withdrawal refers to the physical, mental, and emotional effects of stopping substance use. It typically occurs after chronic usage at high doses. Casual terms like “dope sickness” or “going cold turkey” can minimize the distress of withdrawal.