Alcoholism and abusive drinking are serious problems that millions of people suffer from in the United States every year. Alcohol withdrawal is the physical and mental reaction that occurs in the body and mind when a person who abuses alcohol or who is addicted to drinking ceases use (either completely or by failing to consume more within a certain timeframe).
Alcohol withdrawal is often thought to be insignificant in comparison to illegal drug withdrawals solely because alcohol is legally obtainable. However, this is wildly inaccurate. Addicts need professional help to begin healing mental and physical damage caused by long-term substance abuse. Call Drug Treatment Centers Homestead at (786) 752-3472 to get started.
The causes of withdrawal stems from the drinking abuse itself. When a person drinks frequently, the internal chemistry in their body, specifically in the brain, shifts and changes making it reliant or dependent on constant drinking to function.
Alcohol is a depressant. Because of this, when it enters the body, it slows or sedates the central nervous system, particularly the autonomic nervous system. However, when a person’s brain chemistry changes due to substance abuse, the nervous system comes to rely on drinking for this sedation of the nervous system.
During withdrawals, the autonomic nervous system excites and becomes hyperactive, causing stress and other negative feelings throughout the body.
The symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol are both mental and physical and can range from minor to major, including possibly dangerous medical emergencies.
Mental Withdrawal Symptoms
Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
Severe Withdrawal Symptoms
Deliriums tremens (also known as DTs) is a severe form of withdrawal from alcohol that usually occurs to people who are extremely heavy drinkers or who have gone through the withdrawal process before. DTs can come on suddenly and seemingly without warning. When a person suffers from DTs they often experience the severe withdrawal symptoms as well as even stronger manifestations of the standard mental and physical symptoms.
When a person goes through the withdrawal process, it is safest to do so in a medically supervised environment. While DTs commonly occur in only certain subsets of people going through withdrawals, anyone can experience DTs or some of the severe symptoms of withdrawal. Thus, medical detox can help to treat these withdrawal symptoms and prevent serious medical complications. Additionally, medical detox removes the temptation to give up when withdrawals get tough and a person wants to just start drinking again.
Just as medical detox benefits alcoholics going through withdrawals to remain safe and avoid relapse, so does residential treatment following the detox process. Alcoholics in a residential treatment center do not have the opportunity to relapse as they go through treatments and are allowed to focus entirely on treatment and recovery without distractions. This focus and removal of temptation helps patients to successfully complete their treatment programs and to remain sober in the future.
Alcohol withdrawals can be difficult to handle, especially if you try to do so on your own. So instead, call Drug Treatment Centers Homestead at (786) 752-3472 to help you get into medical detox and get through withdrawals safely and successfully.