Symptoms of Withdrawal

Signs & Symptoms of Withdrawal in Teens and Adolescents

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Physical withdrawal symptoms will typically last for three to five days. The emotional withdrawal can last much longer. Some of these withdrawal symptoms can hinder you up to many months later. The symptoms and signs of withdrawal have a wide range which may include anxiety, anorexia, depression, fatigue, insomnia, seizures, hallucinations, sweating, vomiting, suicidal thoughts, or death.

What are the symptoms of withdrawal?

Mental and physical symptoms that may happen when you stop using certain drugs or alcohol depend on what drug was being used. Treatment includes detox, inpatient care as well as medications to address symptoms and prevent complications. Withdrawal symptoms can be different for each person. These symptoms may be mild or can be very severe.

The severity of symptoms will depend on these factors.

  • type of substance and length of use
  • age
  • physical health
  • mental and emotional state

Symptoms can include:

  • sleeplessness
  • irritability
  • mood changes
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • body aches and pains
  • craving for drugs or alcohol
  • tiredness
  • hallucinations
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • sweating
  • shaking
  • Cold/flu-like symptoms

Severe withdrawal symptoms:

  • paranoia
  • confusion
  • tremors
  • disorientation
  • seizures

If your teen or someone you love is having withdrawal symptoms, get them help immediately. Some drugs or alcohol can be deadly to withdraw from alone. Call us now for more information. We can help you find a detox center and rehab for addiction anywhere in the United States.


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