The Detox Series: Volume 1
Many people do not realize that although it is legal, alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs to withdraw from and in the most extreme cases, detox can be fatal.
About 50% of all people with alcohol-related disorders have symptoms of withdrawal when they reduce or discontinue use. Therefore it is critical to understand the common symptoms of detoxing from alcohol so that you can seek help immediately.
The withdrawal symptoms tend to come in waves depending on how much time has passed since your last drink. The following is a timeline of symptoms that can occur in the hours post ingestion (keep in mind that every individual is different):
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid pulse
- Loss of appetite
- Hand tremors
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle aches and pains
- High blood pressure
- Delerium Tremens (DTs)
- High Fever
- Excessive Sweating
- Dry mouth
- Auditory and visual hallucinations
The first few days are the most critical part of recovery, and depending on the level of addiction, most people will need to seek in-patient medical treatment to get through it.
Acute Alcohol Withdrawal
The first stages of detox from alcohol, AAW is incredibly dangerous and should be handled with direct medical supervision. Acute withdrawal happens with the sudden onslaught of severe symptoms that can result in loss of consciousness, DTs, and seizures. It is recommended you stay in a hospital or a specialized rehab facility to recover safely during this period.
Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)
After the initial withdrawal symptoms, some people may experience prolonged side effects. Depending on the severity of the case, PAWS can last anywhere from a few weeks to a year, and can include some of the following symptoms:
- Low energy
- Sleeping issues
- Memory problems
- Delayed reactions
- Emotional outbursts
Detox is a necessary part of recovery and these type of symptoms should not be taken lightly.