- Marijuana—loss of appetite, chills, weight loss, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, irritability, feeling restless or nervous
- Alcohol—shaking, hallucinations, seizures, confusion, anxiety, sweating, nausea
- Barbiturates—weakness, tremors, hallucinations, lack of appetite, seizures
- Opioids—abdominal pain or cramps, muscle aches, panic, tremors, sweating, nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills, irritability, goose pimples, runny nose, drug craving, inability to sleep, yawning
- Benzodiazepines—abdominal pain or cramps, fast heartbeat, vomiting, tremors, seizures, anxiety
- Cocaine—anxiety, feeling tired, depression
- Amphetamines—depression, irritability, sleeping too much, muscle aches, abdominal pain
|Anxiety is a symptom of drug withdrawal from substances like cocaine and alcohol.|
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- Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches you how to recognize and avoid situations that may lead to drug abuse.
- Family therapy helps you and your family look at patterns of drug abuse. Strategies are suggested to avoid future abuse.
- Motivational therapy uses positive reinforcement to prevent drug use.
Residential Treatment (Therapeutic Communities)
- Attend regular support group meetings.
- Avoid people and situations where drugs are available.
- Inform all healthcare providers of your history with drugs.
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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration http://www.samhsa.gov
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health http://www.camh.net
Narcotics Anonymous http://www.torontona.org
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- Reviewer: Igor Puzanov, MD; Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -
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