Alcohol is a highly addictive substance. Thousands of lives are lost each year directly or indirectly due to alcoholism. When alcoholism arises, you will be unable to stop drinking without suffering from physical withdrawal symptoms.
When your brain is constantly bombarded with alcohol, a number of chemical changes take place. Significantly, alcohol encourages the release of inhibitory neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters cause everything to slow down. When alcohol consumption is abruptly ceased, the brain begins to re-adjust to normality. However, if this process is not managed by mediation, a number of potentially deadly withdrawal symptoms will arise.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms kick in within as little as 5-6 hours after alcohol was last consumed. If you do not continue to drink alcohol, you put your life in real danger. In this article, we aim to educate you about the risks of undergoing an alcohol detox without medical assistance.
The body builds up a tolerance to alcohol. This means you must drinker greater quantities of alcohol in order to feel ‘drunk’. For those with alcoholism, they will need to drink greater and greater quantities of alcohol in order to avoid suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms. When alcoholism arises, your body will react badly when your blood alcohol content is running low. This will force you to experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
What are the specific alcohol withdrawal symptoms?
Whilst there is a number of ‘common’ withdrawal symptoms, the type and intensity of withdrawal symptoms will vary between people. The nature of alcohol withdrawal symptoms is influenced by your age, sex, height and other genetic factors. The amount of alcohol you drinking and the length of time you have been addicted to alcohol also influence the severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms you may experience during an alcohol detox.
Below, we list some of the more common alcohol withdrawal symptoms :
- Sleeping problems
- Cravings for more alcohol
- Shaking and shivering
- Anxiety and irritability
- Elevated body temperature
Whilst the above are considered ‘common’, the actual withdrawal symptoms an individual will experience during an alcohol detox will vary from person to person. The type of symptoms you experience depend on the severity of your addiction, your personal characteristics, and whether or not you have undergone an alcohol detox in the past. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms generally become more severe with each subsequent detox you undergo. This should serve as a powerful incentive for not relapsing once you have successfully undergone and alcohol detox in the past.
For the vast majority of people, alcohol withdrawal symptoms will begin to fade away after 5-6 days after alcohol consumption ceased. The vast majority of alcohol rehab clinics will encourage you to remain in their care for around 10 days. Why? Because you will likely remain fragile for around an additional week following the passing of the acute alcohol detox. During this time, you are vulnerable, and you may injure yourself because you are not fully recovered.
How are alcohol withdrawal symptoms effectively treated?
By far the safest way to detox off alcohol is by attending an alcohol detox clinic. Here, you will be given medication that’s specifically designed to ease alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Medication is administered by an in-house team of medical experts. This ensures you are given the correct amount of medication to keep alcohol withdrawal symptoms to a minimum.
At Ocean Recovery Centre, we offer alcohol detox according to NICE guidelines. This ensures you receive a standard of care equivocal to that offered in NHS hospitals. Whilst you detox, you will also take part in therapy and counselling sessions. This ensures we treat the mental and the physical aspect of alcohol.
For more information, contact Ocean Recovery Centre today on 0125 353 0553.