Quitting alcohol is one of the most challenging things you can do. After all, facing up to what you did when you were drinking, reconnecting with family and friends, and finding a job or going back to college can be jarring after you get sober. But before all that, you have to go through alcohol detox.
Alcohol detox occurs when you stop drinking after a period of heavy alcohol consumption. During this time, your body adjusts to functioning without alcohol, leaving you experiencing alcohol withdrawal. Although excruciating, many things can help with alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
As you begin to detox from alcohol, there are plenty of things that you can do to reduce alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Below, we have outlined just a few.
In some instances, reducing alcohol withdrawal syndrome will only be possible with the help of medical professionals. Although the thought of reaching out for help can be daunting, medication is available to reduce symptoms. Attending rehab if you have tried to stop drinking before or feel like you may experience potentially life-threatening delirium tremens (DTs) may be in your best interest. Here, you will have twenty-four-hour care and support.
It is common to feel alone, especially at the height of alcohol addiction, but remember you are not. Telling friends and family what you are going through may mean that you have support while in alcohol withdrawal. If you do not have friends or family members who support you, consider going to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or another recovery fellowship for support.
There are many medications that you can take for alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These include:
Melatonin often reduces insomnia and helps many people sleep, and it can also help you get through the sleeplessness that often comes when you experience withdrawal symptoms from alcohol. In contrast, chlordiazepoxide is used to treat anxiety which is often experienced during alcohol withdrawal.
Like chlordiazepoxide, Xanax is mainly used to help reduce anxiety, and it can also help decrease severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. However, Xanax is a member of the benzodiazepine family and is addictive, so it must be used under medical care and supervision.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person. The symptoms you may experience might differ from the symptoms someone else in recovery experiences.
Although mild symptoms generally reduce after a few days, severe withdrawal symptoms exist and can last for weeks. However, common withdrawal symptoms include:
If you have been drinking heavily for an extended period, you may experience symptoms called delirium tremens (DTs), which is the most severe form of alcohol withdrawal.
DTs can cause withdrawal seizures and are extremely dangerous, even life-threatening. This is why it is recommended that you complete alcohol detox under medical supervision if you think this may happen when you detox.
Alcohol withdrawal occurs as part of changes in the brain that surface in response to excessive drinking. The neurochemical details of alcohol withdrawal are complex, but they typically involve the central nervous system being depressed for an extended time and overcompensating as a result. The most important thing to know is that alcohol withdrawal is treatable, and it will not last forever.
If you have been drinking relatively small amounts of alcohol for a short amount of time, then it may be safe for you to stop drinking right away. However, if you have been drinking for a long period and your alcohol level suddenly drops, you may experience DTs.
If you feel you may have more severe symptoms, you should enlist a health professional’s help.
If you have been able to stop drinking, congratulations! Alcohol dependency can be incredibly tricky to navigate out of, so you should be pleased with yourself. But what do you do when you have stopped drinking? You might feel like your life is suddenly empty, but here are a few things you can do to replace alcohol use in your life.
Once you have completed your alcohol withdrawal, you will likely understand that picking up a bottle again would be very unwise. How about taking drugs, though? After all, you have a drinking problem, not a drug problem, right? Wrong!
Be very careful around drugs if you have had a drinking problem, as drugs can act in the same way as alcohol. Picking up a drug after putting down a bottle can take you back to square one, and it might even leave you needing substance abuse treatment.
The reason for this is that people in recovery frequently have addictive personalities. While one person might be able to indulge in drugs without developing a substance use disorder, this is usually not the case for people with alcohol addiction.
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If you are reading this, it is likely that you or someone you love is either in alcohol withdrawal or will go through it soon. You may be feeling nervous about this, and you may find yourself wondering whether detoxing from alcohol is the right thing to do.
The reality is that alcohol withdrawal is unpleasant, but it is a stage that a person with alcohol addiction has to go through before becoming well again. Not completing alcohol withdrawal means remaining addicted to alcohol.
If you feel like you cannot go through withdrawal by yourself or worry that you may be in danger if you attempt it without medical supervision, contact Empowered Recovery.
Our team of dedicated professionals are trained to deal with all aspects of alcohol withdrawal, so you can be sure you will be as safe and as comfortable as possible in this important part of your journey. Feel free to contact us to discuss how we can best meet your needs.
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