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Alcohol Withdrawal

Written on: March 6th, 2009 By:

Alcohol Withdrawal

Everyone turns to alcohol for different reasons. Some begin drinking socially and their life starts to revolve around it. For others it’s a means to escape and still others use it to cope with life.¬† For some their problems are so severe that they use alcohol to numb the pain. Without better coping skills, this can quickly lead to years of alcohol abuse, addiction, alcoholism and eventually the possibility of dealing with alcohol withdrawal.

Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox

One of the most frightening aspects about facing alcohol rehab is going through withdrawal. Fear of withdrawal keeps a lot of people stuck in the despair of alcohol abuse and alcoholism, afraid to stop drinking because of the often painful symptoms which can accompany it. The human body becomes so accustomed to the presence of alcohol that it essentially throws a tantrum when the level of alcohol in the body drops below a certain level. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from uncomfortable to life threatening. The level of severity will depend upon upon how long and how much alcohol has been consumed. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be divided into two categories including physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms and psychological alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Physical Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

The physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms range from mild to severe. The most severe physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include convulsions and seizures which can lead to premature death. Going through professional medical detox at a state-licensed alcohol rehab center is the best way to avoid life-threatening alcohol withdrawal symptoms. SouthCoast Recovery offers state-licensed, medically safe alcohol detox in a comfortable home environment with 24 hour supervision to monitor physical withdrawal effects. These can include profuse sweating, dull headaches, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, insomnia and sleep apnea, dilated pupils, uncontrollable body movements, tremors, anxiety and in extreme cases, convulsions, seizures and delirium tremens (DTs). Physical withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from 3-7 days.

Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are not just limited to physical symptoms. Clients at alcohol rehab facilities will often undergo psychological alcohol withdrawal symptoms which can range anywhere from mild to severe. In the worst cases, people have gone clinically insane from improper alcohol detox, once again promoting the idea that the only way one can safely undergo alcohol detox is in the medically supervised environment of a state-licensed detox facility such as the one offered by SouthCoast Recovery. Psychological alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include nightmares, hallucinations (auditory or visual), delirium tremens, mood swings and disorders resulting in anxiety, depression, irritability, anger, mental fogginess or distress and difficulty concentrating. While the more severe psychological symptoms (hallucinations, DTs) disappear with physical detox, emotional disorders from heavy alcohol usage can last for months and in some cases, up to a year.

Treatment following Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol abuse, addiction and alcoholism is symptomatic of deeper underlying issues that are causing some form of discomfort. These can be repressed memories, traumatic experiences, physical or psychological abuse or any combination thereof that results in an inability to cope with life in a healthy manner. While alcohol may temporarily numb the pain, it doesn’t resolve the problem. This can be one of the most challenging aspects to grasp and work through during alcohol rehab. Compounding this is the difficulty working through emotional issues while still dealing with the physical and psychological alcohol withdrawal.

SouthCoast Recovery has put together an alcohol treatment plan that addresses the physical, psychological and spiritual nature of alcohol addiction and alcoholism. One-on-one clinical therapy, drug and alcohol counseling, innovative workshops and educational modules on the disease model of addiction and effects on mind and body accompany holistic therapy treatments such as meditation, massage, acupuncture and herbal remedies. Medical, clinical and holistic therapies work together based on a 12-step recovery model for overall well-being of mind, body and spirit. As the mind and body being to calm through these therapies, clients are better able to address underlying issues and make behavioral changes to effect more positive lifestyle changes.

Don’t let the fear of alcohol withdrawal keep you from the healthy, happy and sober life that is waiting for you. Alcohol withdrawal can last anywhere from 3-7 days depending upon the severity of use, but a week of discomfort is worth going through to get back to a life worth living. SouthCoast Recovery can help. We have intake coordinators available 24 hours a day to take your call and answer any questions you may have about alcohol withdrawal symptoms or alcohol treatment. Call us today and get the help you deserve before it’s too late.


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