For other uses, see the actual article on Withdrawal.
Withdrawal can refer to any sort of separation, but can be used to describe the group of symptoms that occurs upon the abrupt discontinuation/separation or a decrease of being with, communication with, and/or physical contact with. In order to experience the symptoms of withdrawal, one must have first developed a physical/mental dependence (often referred to as affection or love). This happens after consuming one or more of these substances for a certain period of time, which is both dose dependent and varies based upon the communication channel. For example, prolonged exposure to something is most likely to cause a much different reaction when discontinued than the repeated use of communication, such as phone calls. In fact, the route of administration, whether proximity, feelings, happiness or otherwise, can also play a role in determining the severity of withdrawal symptoms. There are different stages of withdrawal as well. Generally, a person will start to feel worse and worse, hit a plateau, and then the symptoms begin to dissipate. However, withdrawal from certain things(bikes, relationships) can be fatal and therefore the abrupt discontinuation of any type of relationship is not recommended. The term “cold turkey” is used to describe the sudden cessation use of a thing and the ensuing physiologic manifestations.