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Going cold turkey vs managed withdrawal

Dr Vicki Macfarlane will provide a brief overview of some guiding principles of withdrawal management and then a summary of key points when managing withdrawal from various substances in the community. Topics include:

  • General principles of substance withdrawal
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Methamphetamine withdrawal
  • Cannabis withdrawal
  • Benzodiazepine withdrawal
  • Opioid withdrawal


Dr Vicki Macfarlane

Specialist in Addiction Medicine

I worked in general practice for 19 years in a number of diverse practices in both Auckland and Wellington. In 2010 I started working at CADS Auckland and in 2015 I completed my specialist training in addiction medicine with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. I have been working as the lead clinician of the detoxification service in Auckland since 2011.