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Which Drug is the Worst to Withdraw From?

Drug WithdrawalAddiction is the compulsion to use mind-altering substances in spite of negative consequences. Those who have substance use disorders are compelled to keep using a variety of substances even when this behavior is leading to financial catastrophe, ruined relationships, major legal problems and health problems.

The way any drug affects a person can vary from one person to the next. At the same time, certain drugs are considered very highly addictive, and these drugs are likely to be among the hardest drugs for people to withdraw from. These drugs cause significant chemical changes in the brain, which interfere with the brain’s ability to experience pleasure, leading users to want to keep using them and setting off unpleasant and even dangerous withdrawal symptoms when they are discontinued.

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Illegal Street Drugs

The use of illegal street drugs may start out of curiosity or an urge to escape from unpleasant feelings, but many of these substances cause users to be overcome with cravings whenever they don’t have access to them. The drugs most difficult to withdraw from in this category include:

Prescription Drugs

It’s not uncommon for people to believe that prescription drugs are less dangerous than street drugs, but many prescription drugs are very powerful substances that can lead to serious problems with addiction, even when used as prescribed. Particularly when these drugs are misused, they can be very difficult to withdraw from.

Other Substances That Are Difficult to Withdraw From

When a person is physically addicted to drinking alcohol, it can be extremely difficult to stop drinking and can even be dangerous to attempt to quit cold turkey without medical supervision. Alcohol withdrawal can cause symptoms that range from uncomfortable to life-threatening. These symptoms may include tremors, sweating, insomnia, nausea and seizures.

Many people find that nicotine is one of the most difficult substances to withdraw from. Attempts to quit smoking may lead to irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, nausea, headaches and coughing. These symptoms usually peak two or three days after quitting but will go away if ignored.

Withdrawal from substances that have been used habitually can be extremely unpleasant and sometimes dangerous. Dependence on substances can be overcome with professional help and with commitment and a determination to stop addictive behavior.

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