Withdrawal Syndromes


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28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

Withdrawal from drugs and alcohol is a common medical problem. Presentation may vary based on the frequency, duration, and quantity that was typically used. The body aims to maintain homeostasis, and when a chemical that was once overused is removed, counter-regulatory mechanisms may produce unopposed effects, and withdrawal symptoms may ensue. This activity outlines the evaluation and management of patients presenting with withdrawal syndromes and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in managing the patients with these conditions.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Summarize the typical presentation of a patient with opioid withdrawal.
  • Outline the management of a patient presenting with alcohol withdrawal.
  • Describe the typical evaluation of a patient presenting with a withdrawal syndrome.
  • Explain the importance of improving care coordination amongst the interprofessional team to enhance management and delivery of care for patients with withdrawal syndromes.


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