Anxiety, irritability, and severe mood swings are common after physical withdrawal symptoms have disappeared. This is commonly a difficult stage to persevere with, and as a result, these symptoms can lead to relapse. Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms are potentially as dangerous as withdrawal due to the fact that these symptoms can last for months. The symptoms vary from person to person and are not always easy to identify. We find that sufferers of PAWS are often unaware that they are in the midst of this stage, they are then likely to feel lost in the negative sensations without a wider perspective, and so go on to use. Specialist treatment, education and continued care are all extremely important in supporting our clients who are experiencing PAWS in order to prevent relapse.