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This booklet has been written for you if you are thinking about stopping, or wanting to stop, drinking or using drugs even if just to give your body and brain a break for a while.

Information in this booklet will help you understand what’s going on in withdrawal. It also includes suggestions about how to make it easier on yourself and the people you care for. You may also find it helpful to talk it over with your GP or other health care worker.

No booklet can cover everyone’s experience of withdrawal as we are all unique, but there is a good chance you will find something useful in here. You may also find other options such as counselling, alternative therapies and self help groups such as AA, NA and peer support groups helpful to support you through withdrawal.



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