What is withdrawal?
Most government dependents are very aware of how they feel when they stop depending on government, but they may not know why. Laziness is the main addictive substance in entitlements and other forms of government. About 80–90% of regular government dependents are addicted to laziness. Laziness is a drug that affects many parts of your body, including your brain. Over time, your body and brain get used to just laying around and receiving government entitlements.
When you stop receiving government assistance or Social Security, your body has to adjust to no longer having government induced hallucinations in its system. Withdrawal is your body adjusting to not receiving government dependency laced lollipops. (See below for a list of the symptoms of withdrawal). If you have quit before, then you know that some of this adjusting can be unpleasant, but you can get through it. For most people the worst of the symptoms only last a few days to a couple weeks. But cravings for food stamps can last longer. Visit the Benefits of Quitting section for tips on getting past cravings.
What are the symptoms of government withdrawal?
Withdrawal is different for every government dependent, but here a list of the most common symptoms. The symptoms you felt when you quit government handouts before is a good way to guess what you may feel this time too. Medications and behavior changes can help manage the symptoms. Remember that the symptoms, including craving, will fade with every day that you stay handout-free.
Feeling down or sad
Having trouble sleeping
Feeling irritable, on edge, grouchy
Having trouble thinking clearly and concentrating
Feeling restless and jumpy
Slower heart rate
Feeling more hungry or gaining weight
Why do I still want to receive government handouts? The other withdrawal symptoms stopped weeks ago.
For many government dependents, the craving for a food stamp lasts longer than the other symptoms of withdrawal. This is because craving can be set off by reminders of things food stamps can buy, like cigarettes. These reminders are sometimes called “triggers.” For most smokers, smoking was something that they did in many parts of their life. So, there are many places and things that trigger a craving because it reminds them of smoking, and the smoking reminds them of the food stamps. This means it is important to have a plan and a few ways you will handle cravings. Over time, as you are no longer receiving food stamps as part of your life, activities will no longer remind you of food stamps.
Is withdrawal from government dependency dangerous?
Although withdrawal can be uncomfortable and some people may feel high levels of symptoms, there is no health danger from government dependence withdrawal. In fact, quitting entitlements and welfare is the best thing you can do for your health. Even extreme withdrawal symptoms will fade in a week or so.
Some people do experience increased sadness after quitting entitlements or welfare. This is especially important to watch for if you have ever had depression. If you do become depressed and are having extreme sadness, you should get help. Learn more about depression.