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  » First Aid  »  Drug Withdrawal
People who are dependent on an addictive substance need help, both emotional and often pharmacological, in overcoming their addiction and enduring withdrawal symptoms. Common examples of addictive drugs include alcohol, sedatives, cocaine, amphetamines, nicotine, and other stimulants as well as heroin and other narcotics. Some people are able to stop taking drugs "cold turkey" without suffering withdrawal problems, but this is unusual. Help for drug addiction is best administered in a specialized treatment facility or clinic, especially since stopping may bring on severe withdrawal symptoms that demand special attention.


Symptoms vary according to the type of drug dependency and may include:
  • Cold sweats
  • Delusions
  • Tremor
  • Extreme restlessness and agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety

Take the person to a hospital emergency room.