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What is withdrawal?
Withdrawal refers to a set of physical and psychological symptoms that can occur when a person who is physically dependent on a substance suddenly stops or significantly reduces their use. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include anxiety, irritability, sweating, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and more.
In the context of opioid use disorder (OUD), withdrawal symptoms can be challenging and, in some cases, dangerous. Medications used in medications for addiction treatment (MAT), such as methadone and buprenorphine, can help alleviate withdrawal symptoms, making the detoxification process safer and more tolerable.