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Withdrawal refers to the physical and psychological symptoms that occur when an individual stops or significantly reduces the use of a substance, such as drugs or alcohol, after prolonged and heavy use.

Description: Withdrawal symptoms occur because the body has adapted to the presence of the substance and has developed a physical dependence on it. When the substance is no longer consumed, the body needs time to readjust and rebalance itself. The severity and duration of withdrawal symptoms can vary depending on the specific substance, the duration and amount of use, and individual factors such as overall health and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Common symptoms of withdrawal may include:

Withdrawal can be a challenging and potentially dangerous process, and it is often recommended that individuals seeking to quit substance use do so under medical supervision. Treatment for withdrawal may include medications to manage symptoms, therapy to address underlying psychological issues, and support groups to provide ongoing encouragement and guidance.

Withdrawal and Drug Testing: Drug tests can detect the presence of substances and their metabolites in the body. As an individual goes through withdrawal, the levels of these substances in their system will gradually decrease. The time it takes for a substance to become undetectable in a drug test can vary depending on the specific substance, the frequency and amount of use, and individual factors such as metabolism and body composition. In some cases, withdrawal symptoms may persist even after the substance is no longer detectable in a drug test.