For those of us who have been using alcohol and/or other drugs heavily or for a long time, it?s best to have supervision and support from health care providers when withdrawing. We often need help to relieve withdrawal symptoms and to reestablish sleep patterns, as well as to get treatment for a range of medical problems. A hospital or recovery center can be the best place to get this help.
Pregnant women and those with HIV who are going through withdrawal from specific drugs, such as opiates and tranquilizers, may need further specialized care. Withdrawal symptoms are temporary, and they subside once the body gets used to the absence of the substance, though the desire for the substance may last for a long time.
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