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Alcohol Withdrawal – Exploring Factors, Symptoms, and Treatments For Alcohol Withdrawal

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A significant reduction in alcohol consumption or complete abstinence can result in certain withdrawal symptoms. It mostly occurs in people who are dependent on alcohol. Severity of these symptoms depends on the level of addiction, and the detoxification program they are undertaking. It is important to remember that if you suddenly stop drinking, the withdrawal symptoms can be fatal. Anyone stopping heavy drinking should be supervised by a medical doctor.
Minor or major, these symptoms are expected when the detox begins. This is why it is important to enroll in an alcohol abuse treatment program so they can be addressed in time.

Factors influencing alcohol withdrawal

There are a number of factors which may influence the severity and length of symptoms in a person.
The most important factor is the amount of alcohol an individual consumed before beginning thetreatment. Additionally, the length of time for which a patient has been addicted to alcohol, their dependency on other drugs and medical diagnosis for other physical or mental disorders are also important.
Long term and heavy addiction may present severe symptoms, while mental health disorders symptoms can have an additive effect. Physical disorders can influence mental health and craving for alcohol.

What are the withdrawal symptoms?

The combination of withdrawal symptoms may vary person to person. However, there are some common physical and mental symptoms.
Physical symptoms may range from mild to severe. These include enlarged pupils, fatigue, insomnia, increased heart rate, sweating, jumpiness, tremors, clammy skin, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
Mental health withdrawal symptoms such as nervousness, depression, anxiety, irritability, nightmares, mood swings and unclear thinking can be manifested by withdrawal.
Delirium tremens is a severe combinatory withdrawal symptom. It occurs in less than 5% people withdrawing from alcohol and start within 48 to 72 hours. The symptoms include fever, rapid heartbeat, tremors, hallucination (experiencing unreal physical sensations), and confusion.

How long do these symptoms last?

Most people only face minor symptoms which start six to eight hours following withdrawal. Generalized symptoms peak between 10 and 72 hours, while they subside in 90hours.
Seizures, if developed, may occur in 12 to 48 hours. It is rare for seizures to continue after this time.Hallucinations can be dangerous as these may last for six days.
It is should be noted that even after these symptoms fade, craving for alcohol may last for months after initiation of treatment for substance abuse.

Treating the alcohol withdrawal symptoms

Due to the risk of developing severe withdrawal symptoms, it is recommended to undergo detox and further treatment through professional services.
Substance abuse experts perform physical exams to determine if a person is at risk of developing delirium tremens.Blood and urine tests are also performed for various reasons, including for toxicology screening.
Treatment for alcohol abuse at recovery centers also address withdrawal symptoms. Appropriate treatment is offered to help relieve these symptoms and prevent any complications that may have arisen because of withdrawal.
Appropriate options are chosen depending on individual needs and withdrawal experiences.
We supplement detox and treatment with counseling sessions and peer support group discussions. Here you will find some resources you can utilize to achieve complete addiction rehabilitation.

 

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