What Are Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms?

Unfortunately the reason many individuals do not get the help that they need for their alcohol abuse is because they are afraid of experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Perhaps they have heard stories of horrible and painful alcohol withdrawal symptoms and now they are too scared to get help.

Does Everyone Experience Withdrawal Symptoms?

The truth is that the severity of your symptoms will depend on how much you have been consuming, the frequency with which you have been drinking and how long you have been abusing alcohol. If your alcohol consumption has been minimal and not very often, then you may very well experience mild withdrawal symptoms or none at all. If, however, your abuse has been excessive and chronic, you may experience moderate to severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Why Do People Have Withdrawal Symptoms?

During your abuse chemical toxins have been collecting in your system. When you detox, you quit your consumption and the process allows your body to flush the toxic chemicals from your system. Your central nervous system has grown accustomed to your alcohol intake, so when you stop drinking, your body will begin to crave something it is used to that you are no longer giving it. The results are withdrawal symptoms which generally begin within a few hours after the last time you consumed alcohol and up to 48 hours.

What are the Effects of Withdrawal Symptoms?

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be both physical and psychological. Physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually include:

  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Tremors
  • Seizures

Psychological alcohol withdrawal symptoms may also include:

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression

Psychological withdrawal symptoms may continue long after the physical withdrawal symptoms subside, in some cases for several months. Another alcohol withdrawal symptom that is more serious is the appearance of the DTs or delirium tremens. The DTs usually appear within three to five days after you quit consumption and are periods of confusion, disorientation and hallucinations. The DTs can also be physical such as the shakes and sweating and if left untreated they can be fatal.

Avoiding Uncomfortable Alcohol Withdrawal

Medical detox is seen as the best method of alcohol detox, while experiencing the least amount of withdrawal symptoms. IV therapy medical detox is administered under the supervision of a board certified and licensed physician highly experienced in critical care. Intravenous therapy is crucial because it allows the physician to make any necessary changes to the medication protocol as the withdrawal symptoms change which keep the patient comfortable.

At Gallus Detox Centers, patient care is given around the clock by registered nurses who are highly trained in ER/ICU patient care. Patients detox in a private room for their own comfort and privacy. Remaining comfortable is a key component to the detox process. Studies show that patients who are comfortable throughout the process are more likely to complete the detox and patients who complete detox are more successful in their sobriety than individuals who never completed detox.

If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from alcohol and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.

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