Giving up the drug and allowing the body to cleanse

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Giving up the drug and allowing the body to cleanse itself of the drug  residues   difficult with nicotine or opiates;
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o Withdrawal from alcohol is life threatening; medical intervention  with benzodiazepines to suppress the withdrawal may be necessary Treatment strategies - agonist treatments:  replace an addicting drug with another drug that has a similar effect   most common defense against drug craving & relapse  -nicotine gum & nicotine patches provide controlled amounts of the drug without the  dangers of smoking , and their use can be systematically reduced over time -Opiate addiction is often treated with 
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