What is Substance withdrawal?

Substance withdrawal is physiological, behavioural, cognitive, and affective symptoms that occur after reduction or discontinuation of a drug that has been used heavily over a long period of time. When experiencing withdrawal, most individual find themselves craving the drugs, which they know would reduce the withdrawal symptoms.

 Take these steps to help prevent drug misuse in your children and teenagers:

  • Communicate. Talk to your children about the risks of drug use and misuse.
  • Listen. Be a good listener when your children talk about peer pressure, and be supportive of their efforts to resist it.
  • Set a good example. Don’t misuse alcohol or addictive drugs. Children of parents who misuse drugs are at greater risk of drug addiction.
  • Strengthen the bond. Work on your relationship with your children. A strong, stable bond between you and your child will reduce your child’s risk of using or misusing drugs.