Regular use of alcohol or drugs can lead to a chemical dependence on the substance and hinder your brain's ability to function properly or feel good naturally.

The most intense part lasts for around five to seven days, otherwise known as withdrawal (detox) . During this time, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. These side effects vary depending on the type of substance and how long your body's been dependent on its chemicals.

Opiate- and alcohol-dependent individuals may experience an intense physical withdrawal that can include nausea, tremors, sweating, vomiting and cramps. Those dependent on stimulants such as cocaine and ecstasy, or depressants such as cannabis, may experience anxiety, insomnia, depression and restlessness and other severe emotional symptoms.

Powerful cravings for the substance are experienced throughout withdrawal as your body yearns for the short-term ‘feel good’ sensation of using again.

 At a youth withdrawal facility, youth workers and primary health providers such as nurses, doctors and massage therapists will support you through any physical and emotional challenges you may face.

Powerful cravings for the substance are experienced throughout withdrawal as your body yearns for the short-term ‘feel good’ sensation of using again. Cravings are known to linger long after withdrawal and commonly trigger relapse. YSAS youth workers can provide you with tools and strategies to help you with this drug detox and/or alcohol detox. They can also link you with a community support worker for after withdrawal.

Give us a call on our 24 hour free YoDAA Line: 1800 458 685 if you would like more info on Withdrawal, or contact one of our Withdrawal Services directly.