Withdrawal from Alcohol – You Don’t Have To Do This AloneOctober 30th, 2012
Whether you’ve decided to curb your increasing substance abuse symptoms after realizing your drinking has really become a problem, or you’ve taken that first step toward full-blown recovery after years of substance dependence, congratulations on your bravery and pledge to a healthier life. Unfortunately, you will now undoubtedly experience the unfortunate symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Alcohol withdrawal, otherwise known as “detox,” is the process of the body coping with the lack of a chemical substance that it has relied on for far too long. The more you drink every day, the more likely you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop.
The good news is that through the safety of inpatient and outpatient rehab centers, depending on the severity of your symptoms, your withdrawal period can be abated and your body poised for a clear road to recovery.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Can Dissolve with Time and Medical Support
Withdrawal symptoms tend to set in anywhere from five to ten hours after the last drink, but can also occur days later. Most frequent symptoms include:
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Unclear thinking
- Mood swings
- Nausea and vomiting
- Clamminess and sweating
- Flu-like symptoms
Symptoms tend to get worse after 48–72 hours, while some may persist for weeks. Severe, potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms can form. Called “delirium tremens,” or “DTs,” symptoms include hallucinations, fever, confusion, rapid heartbeat and seizures. Always make sure your withdrawal symptoms are being monitored by a health care professional to ensure your safety and recovery.
Alcohol Treatment Facilities Provide an Oasis for Alcohol Withdrawal Transitioning
Alcohol detoxification is usually most effective and safest when completed under the care and support of trained professionals at a rehab facility. However, if your symptoms are mild to moderate, you may choose to attempt supporting yourself through alcohol withdrawal at home.
But never attempt detox completely on your own. Make sure you always consult with a doctor or substance dependency specialist who conducts outpatient programs so you can detox safely and with your health as the number one priority.
The process of weaning yourself off alcohol or any substance should be done gradually to reduce the unhealthy effects of severe withdrawal symptoms. Your brain needs to adjust chemically to the lessened amount of the alcohol it craves.
Additional medicine is not generally given, but if severe symptoms persist, this route is sometimes taken. These severe symptoms are considered a medical emergency, so if you experience the above symptoms, call 911 immediately.
Regardless of the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may decide to choose an inpatient program for your complete detox and recovery. Undergoing alcohol withdrawal can be difficult and sometimes unsuccessful without the constant support and professional guidance of rehab officials at a treatment center.
You may spend up to two weeks (or possibly more) making it through detox, followed by a couple more weeks to several months, depending on the type of facility, to achieve total rehabilitation, preparing you for a drug-free future.
Alcohol Rehab Treatment Counselors are Ready to Help Ease Your Detoxification
Give us a call today at 1-888-238-8856. Our alcohol treatment counselors are ready to take your questions or concerns about recovery from alcohol withdrawal. We can help you find a local center or medical professional to get you through this first brave step to getting your life back.