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Substance Withdrawal Management: Guidelines for Addiction and Allied Practitioners

This guideline has been developed for use in a variety of settings where practitioners from a range of disciplines and backgrounds work with people who are likely to
experience withdrawal symptoms on voluntary or involuntary cessation of substance use. This will be an important and useful resource for frontline workers in Corrections, Justice, primary healthcare and general hospital settings and the addiction treatment sector of Aotearoa New Zealand. The development of the guidelines has been in response to calls for withdrawal management information and guidelines tailored to the New Zealand context. The guidelines draw on similar material from Australia, Great Britain and the United States as well as current research.

The aim of these guidelines is to provide practical and accessible information to help with the recognition and identification of substance withdrawal and appropriate
withdrawal management options across a range of substances.