If you only consume alcohol now and then, it is unlikely that you’ll suffer from physical withdrawal symptoms if you go a few days without a drink. But, if you drink alcohol consistently and in large quantities over an extended period of time, you may find that no longer consuming alcohol will have a significant impact on your body and mind. Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome symptoms happen when you stop drinking alcohol. Your body has come to depend on alcohol, and this can cause severe and even life-threatening complications.
What Is Alcohol Withdrawal?
Alcohol consumption slows down brain function. It’s a depressant, despite the initial buoyant and exuberant feelings it may bring you. Consistent alcohol consumption over time rewires your neural connections. Your central nervous system begins to depend on a consistent amount of alcohol in your body. To combat the slowing of your brain function, your brain naturally works harder to keep you alert and awake. But when the alcohol your body has come to depend upon abruptly stops, your brain maintains a hypervigilant and hyperactive state. This is the beginning of alcohol withdrawal. It’s also the beginning of the toll it takes on you physically and mentally.
Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome symptoms have a wide range of impact. They may be mild, but they may also be life-threatening, and much of the effect depends on the length of time you consumed alcohol and the quantities you consistently consumed.
The Stages of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome Symptoms
Mild (Stage 1)
- Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome symptoms can include anxiety, headaches, nausea (even with vomiting), insomnia, shaking hands, and hot flashes, or excessive sweating. If your body has become dependent upon a consistent alcohol level, those symptoms can start as soon as four to six hours after your last drink/alcohol intake. Because those symptoms are uncomfortable, the brain’s natural inclination is to remedy them with alcohol. That’s why you may find yourself drinking more and more, and with less time in between drinks.
More moderate to severe (Stage 2)
- Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome symptoms can additionally include hallucinations and seizures, and they typically start within 12 to 24 hours after you’ve last consumed alcohol. These symptoms differ from those of delirium tremens, which are commonly known as DTs.
Delirium Tremens (Stage 3)
- A reaction to alcohol withdrawal, and they affect only about 5% of those who have alcohol withdrawal syndrome symptoms. For those who suffer DTs, they also experience delusions, vivid hallucinations, excessive sweating, and cardiac issues like racing heart, high blood pressure, and fever.
How To Treat Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome Symptoms
The first step in treating Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome is to maintain abstinence from alcohol. This is difficult, as your body’s cravings will manifest in mental and physical ways that can be quite uncomfortable. That’s why doing so within the safety and security of a compassionate and effective program like Soul Surgery Recovery is pivotal. The caring and experienced staff will walk alongside you every step of the way.
Often, medicines are used when treating Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome symptoms. Soul Surgery Rehab knows that the use of medication is part of a larger, more integrative treatment plan that focuses on your individual needs, and they’re there to help. Some of the conventional medicinal treatment options include Benzodiazepines, Disulfiram/Antabuse, Acamprosate, and Naltrexone. Each medicine works differently with some curbing cravings. Ingesting alcohol while taking medicine will make you violently ill (Disulifram/Antabuse), and other medicines work to treat the symptoms of withdrawal like anxiety, seizures, and insomnia (benzodiazepines).
Additional effective treatments include IV therapy, counseling, holistic treatments, and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR). Your individual treatment plan must be customized for the best long-term success.
Treating Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome Symptoms From The Inside Out
Soul Surgery is a premier facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, that offers a unique outlook on alcohol treatment. The compassionate clinicians and staff of Soul Surgery understand that your long-term sobriety will be the result of hard work on your part, and they want to help with that. They have an experienced team of licensed, caring clinicians who are ready to help you determine how to get back on the path to the life you were supposed to live—free from Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome symptoms and alcohol dependency. Experts agree that the treatment of alcohol withdrawal should be followed by treatment for alcohol dependence.
Soul Surgery Rehab’s focus is on healing from the inside out. We work to offer safe and supportive environments in which this can happen for you. We also offer a sober living structure, which helps increase the likelihood of long-term recovery success, and our staff will guide you through the recovery process and toward sobriety for a lifetime. Research shows long-term success depends on entry to ongoing treatments. If you’re struggling with the effects of alcohol misuse, now is the time to give us a call and live the life you’ve always wanted to live.