Withdrawal  Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal is a serious medical condition that can occur when someone who has been regularly consuming alcohol suddenly stops or significantly reduces their intake. The symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening, and it is essential to seek medical attention if you or someone you know is experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can begin as early as six hours after the last drink and can last for several days or even weeks. The severity of symptoms can vary based on several factors, including the amount and duration of alcohol consumption, age, overall health, and previous history of alcohol withdrawal.

Mild symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite

Moderate symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may include:

  • Confusion
  • Rapid heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

Severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may include:

  • Delirium tremens (DTs)
  • Fever
  • Agitation
  • Severe hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Delirium tremens (DTs) is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that occurs in about 5% of people who experience withdrawal. DTs can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of DTs include confusion, severe agitation, high fever, and seizures.

It is essential to seek medical attention if you or someone you know is experiencing any symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, especially if the symptoms are severe or if there is a history of seizures or DTs. Medical treatment for alcohol withdrawal typically involves the administration of benzodiazepines, which can help alleviate symptoms and prevent seizures.

In addition to medical treatment, there are several things that someone going through alcohol withdrawal can do to help alleviate symptoms, including:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Getting enough rest
  • Avoiding stressful situations
  • Engaging in relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing

It is also important to seek ongoing support for alcohol addiction after the withdrawal symptoms have subsided. This can include counselling, support groups, and other forms of therapy to help address the underlying causes of addiction and prevent future relapse.

In conclusion, alcohol withdrawal is a serious medical condition that can have a range of symptoms, from mild to life-threatening. If you or someone you know is experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms, it is essential to seek medical attention immediately. With proper medical care and ongoing support, recovery from alcohol addiction is possible.

The biggest worry

This is the biggest worry for everyones who drinks to excess, or has been caught by alcoholism. Being an alcoholic is hard, and to find a way through it, in their mind, is impossible. This is because their head is telling them this. Withdrawal, or cravings are hard to cope with. It is a desperate feeling of needing something. Withdrawal is a strong and powerful feeling, it is not nice. The only way to cure it is to drink. Then the withdrawal will go away temporarily.  

The clients drinking then only gets worse as the body gets more and more used to alcohol, as it builds up a resilience. Then the addiction to alcohol just gets worse and worse. In fact if you draw a line from when the client started drinking, to where they are now. It has never got better. It has only ever got worse. And this is how it will keep going without help. 

Withdrawal during detox – Withdrawal symptoms 

This is very different. As when the withdrawal feelings come along, you take a pill to get ride off it, rather than have a drink more alcohol. 

What does withdrawal feel like

It is like a massive anxiety. Lie yo want to jump around because you are desperate. You get cross and down. It is a the same sort of feeling wanting a cigarette. The longer you leave it, the worse it gets. And it does get really bad if your body does not get what I wants. 

Withdrawal Symptoms

  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • confusion
  • delirium 
  • delusions 
  • excitement
  • eye movement problems
  • fatigue
  • fear
  • fever
  • hallucinations 
  • increased heart rate 
  • increase inbreathing rate
  • increased startle reflex
  • involuntary muscle contractions
  • irritability
  • nausea
  • nightmares
  • mood changes
  • muscle movement problems
  • Pains in the chest
  • restlessness
  • seizures
  • sensitivity to light
  • sensitivity to sound
  • sensitivity to touch
  • stomach pain
  • Sweating to excess  

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No one should have to go through withdrawal in this day and age. Call us now for help and advice. And we can even show you how to safely detox from home. Tel: 07811 606 606

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