What is substance abuse withdrawal?
Substance abuse is when someone drinks alcohol or smokes or takes drugs in a way that could lead to health and other problems. Substance abuse withdrawal is the physical and mental signs and symptoms a person has after they reduce or stop using a substance.
Withdrawal symptoms can be caused by:
- Misusing prescription medications (either your own or someone else’s)
- Recreational or street drugs
What are some signs and symptoms of withdrawal?
The signs and symptoms of withdrawal depend on what substance(s) your child has taken. If the medical team knows which substance(s) were taken, they can help you understand the most common signs and symptoms your child may have.
What should I do if I suspect that my child is experiencing withdrawal?
Tell the medical team if you think that your child is experiencing withdrawal. The medical team may consult the pain team, psychology, psychiatry, and/or social work.
What will be done to help my child’s withdrawal symptoms?
The medical team will use treatments that have been proven to help with withdrawal symptoms.
How will I know if my child’s withdrawal symptoms are getting better or worse?
The medical team will use a withdrawal screening tool for the substance(s) your child used. The results of the withdrawal screening will help us know if the symptoms are getting better or worse.
What will happen once my child is discharged?
Your child’s withdrawal symptoms will be closely monitored and managed while they are in the hospital. Once medically stable, your primary medical team and social worker will work with you to find outpatient support for your child’s substance abuse.