Drug abuse changes the brain. Years or even months of substance misuse can alter neural connectivity, causing new connections to form and old connections to die. Drugs and alcohol also interrupt the normal flow of neurotransmitters, prompting certain cells to produce more or less than usual. Research has also found that some brain regions even shrink over time due to drug abuse.
Given the profound effect drugs have on the brain, it’s not surprising that once those substances are eliminated, the body struggles to regain its equilibrium.
This is why people who quit drugs experience withdrawal symptoms and may require professional detox.
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What Are Withdrawal Symptoms?
Withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant physical and mental side effects that occur after a person quits long-term misuse of drugs or alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms vary based on the substance of abuse.
Opioid withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle pain
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms include:
- Low mood