Take a break (prepare for cravings and withdrawal symptoms)

Withdrawal is your body adjusting to not having alcohol or other drugs after using regularly.


Most people only experience mild symptoms that will pass in a few days. But if you have been using a lot or for a while, you might experience more unpleasant symptoms. These can last for up to two weeks.

Click here for advice on how to prepare for and manage withdrawal symptoms.

Cravings are when you feel the urge to use a substance. Most people will have cravings while withdrawing.

Click here for advice and techniques to manage cravings.

These guides from Matua Raki can help you recognize and manage withdrawal symptoms.

Managing your own withdrawal. 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.

P**d Off If you are stopping regular methamphetamine use, this guide can help you to manage the withdrawal symptoms at home.