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    Default what feeling do junkies get?

    What feeling do junkies (addicted people) get / experience before and after taking drugs? In fact I'm looking for the words that we use for these two situations (before and after taking drugs). Like the word "hangover" that we use for the feeling we get the day after drinking too much alcohol.

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    Default Re: what feeling do junkies get?

    Before: withdrawal symptoms
    During: high (adj.) ('Let's get high') or 'a high' (n.); with less strong drugs it could be 'a buzz', or 'a hit' rather than 'a high'
    After: hangover, or after sudden and complete abstinence - 'cold turkey'.

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    Default Re: what feeling do junkies get?

    When you take drugs you can get (a) high, a rush, a buzz, stoned, etc. Afterwards you can feel a come-down. With junkies (genuine addicts) there would be withdrawal-not just a hangover, but the need to consume more.
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    Default Re: what feeling do junkies get?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    ... With junkies (genuine addicts) there would be withdrawal-not just a hangover, but the need to consume more.
    But isn't that what a hangover is (withdrawal symptoms), though mixed with dehydration

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    Default Re: what feeling do junkies get?

    Thanks very very much. May I ask you to give some example sentences?

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    Default Re: what feeling do junkies get?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But isn't that what a hangover is (withdrawal symptoms), though mixed with dehydration

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    I don't think a normal hangover after just one evening of over-indulgence is a withdrawal symptom. I only associate withdrawal symptoms with addiction.
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    Default Re: what feeling do junkies get?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But isn't that what a hangover is (withdrawal symptoms), though mixed with dehydration

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    I think withdrawal is more severe- I have had hangovers, but didn't feel a desperate need to drink.

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    Default Re: what feeling do junkies get?

    Slightly off-topic, but my way of avoiding hangovers is to keep on drinking.
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    Default Re: what feeling do junkies get?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I think withdrawal is more severe- I have had hangovers, but didn't feel a desperate need to drink.
    Also slightly off-topic but in light of the other thread that's going on about hyphens and dashes, I'm interested in Tdol's use as shown above. That appears to be a hyphen but with a space only after it and not before. Was that intentional?
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    Default Re: what feeling do junkies get?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Also slightly off-topic but in light of the other thread that's going on about hyphens and dashes, I'm interested in Tdol's use as shown above. That appears to be a hyphen but with a space only after it and not before. Was that intentional?
    I use -(no space) as a dash and -(space)...-(space) instead of brackets.

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