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Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

woman struggling with alcohol withdrawal symptoms

Alcohol addiction can cause long-lasting and serious health problems. If you’re dependent on alcohol, you may experience withdrawal symptoms when you suddenly stop drinking or dramatically reduce your alcohol intake. However, an alcohol addiction treatment program can help you manage these symptoms and get on the road to recovery.

What Is Alcohol Withdrawal?

Alcohol withdrawal is the set of symptoms that occur when someone who drinks alcohol heavily suddenly stops or drastically reduces their alcohol intake. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and they can last for a few days to several weeks.

Withdrawal symptoms occur because your body has become dependent on alcohol. When you suddenly stop drinking or reduce your alcohol intake, your body is unable to function properly.

What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal?

The greater the quantity and frequency of your alcohol use, the greater the chance that you will suffer from alcohol withdrawal when you quit drinking. Withdrawal may be minor or major and is dependent on the aforementioned factors. The rate of onset of alcohol withdrawal is also dependent on these things and can occur as early as six to eight hours after a person consumes their last drink. Here are the most prevalent symptoms of withdrawal:

  • Headaches
  • Mild confusion, inability to think clearly
  • Mood swings, irritability, or depression
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Nightmares
  • Being jumpy
  • Dilated (enlarged) pupils
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • Nausea, vomiting, or a reduced appetite
  • Pale, clammy, or sweaty skin
  • Tremor or shakiness in the hands

Delirium Tremens

When a person stops drinking after drinking heavily for a prolonged period of time, withdrawal can cause seizures, and in the most severe of instances, what is called delirium tremens (also called DTs). This is a form of alcohol withdrawal that can be life-threatening. DTs typically occur two to four days after a person’s last drink, but they can occur up to seven days later.

The good news is that quick and proficient medical support aided by the administration of medications and advances in treatment can reduce the risk of serious complications. During withdrawal, fatalities can result in other ways too. During a seizure, a person may aspirate their vomit or hit their head while they’re convulsing. The following symptoms are the most severe and may be indicative of delirium tremens.

  • Heightened anxiety and/or depression
  • Low-grade fever
  • Increased rate of breathing
  • An increased heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Hypertension
  • Hallucinations
  • Confused mental state
  • Psychosis
  • Disorientation

If you even suspect that you or someone you love is encountering withdrawal, seek medical help immediately.

We Can Help You Safely Detox

Withdrawal from alcohol can be very dangerous and life-threatening. It is something that you should never attempt on your own. At Vertava Health Mississippi, we offer expert and compassionate care that can help to ease the uncomfortable symptoms that may arise and protect you from the dangers that could occur if you were to do this unaided.

Our medical staff will be there to observe and support you around the clock, to ensure that your symptoms are managed safely with the unparalleled medical care and treatment that our program offers. Withdrawal can be an emotionally draining process. Our staff is trained to help aid and comfort you in dealing with this, in addition to alleviating and treating the physical rigors of withdrawal.

Don’t Risk Doing This Alone—Call Vertava Health Mississippi

If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. We are here to support you through every step of the process, from detox to withdrawal and beyond. Please give us a call today at 844.951.1931 to get started.