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Depending on what type of drug you are using, how long you’ve been using and what type of tolerance level your body has reached, drug withdrawals can start within a few hours or days and extend over weeks or months. Some common drug withdrawals include:

Aches and muscle pains throughout the body
Anxiety, irritability and depression
Shakes, loss of coordination or tremors
Problems with memory and concentration
Changes in sleep or appetite
Panic attacks
Irregular heart beat or changes in blood pressure
Nausea and other digestive disorder

Drug withdrawals range from mild annoyances to severe symptoms that are almost guaranteed to drive someone back to drug use. Fear of withdrawals often keeps people from quitting drugs. You might have every intention of quitting, but use just a small amount of drugs to “get over drug withdrawals.” That small amount quickly turns into larger amounts as you go through the addiction cycle again.

Avoiding the issue only makes it worse. Returning to drug use to stave off drug withdrawals only makes the addiction cycle harder to defeat in the future. It can also lead to long-term consequences across your entire life.

When you keep introducing drugs into your body, your body builds a tolerance for that substance. That means you need more of the drug to get the same high, and your body needs increasing amounts to keep withdrawals at bay. Eventually, the cycle can become so bad that you take serious risks just to get enough drugs to keep your body happy.

The drug addiction cycle can lead to problems for your relationships, career and future. Some possible outcomes of ongoing substance abuse can include:

Loss of your job
Failure to succeed in school
Loss of friends and family relationships
Loss of a romantic partner or spouse
Spending time in jail

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