Withdrawal Symptoms

Drugs and alcohol are brain depressants and suppress the brain’s production of neurotransmitters. When a person with a substance use disorder stops using, the brain rebounds, producing a surge of adrenaline that causes withdrawal symptoms.

  • Some drugs, such as alcohol and opiates, produce significant physical withdrawal symptoms.
  • Others, such as cocaine and marijuana, produce little physical withdrawal, but more emotional withdrawal symptoms.

Every person’s physical withdrawal pattern is different. Some people experience few physical withdrawal symptoms while others may experience severe symptoms.