What You Need To Know About Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

What You Need To Know About Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

15th February 2021 | | Blog

A person whose body has developed a dependence on alcohol needs it in their system in order to feel and function “normally”. If they were to drastically cut down on their alcohol consumption or stop drinking altogether, withdrawal symptoms are sure to follow. That is one reason many alcohol addicts fear taking the first step towards sobriety – they do not know how to manage the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that will inevitably follow a detox. Medically assisted detox is the answer to this problem: although a degree of discomfort is to be expected, a trained team is always on hand to manage symptoms and direct patients to medical facilities if necessary. 

Alcohol Withdrawal Stages

There are three stages of alcohol withdrawal: minor, moderate and severe. In most cases, the detox process will last 7 to 10 days, however it can take up to months for some patients. This depends on the following factors:

  • How long and how often the person has been abusing alcohol
  • The quantity of alcohol they consume
  • Their history of substance abuse
  • Whether polydrug use is involved
  • Their age, sex, weight and health condition
  • Any pre-existing conditions

Below are the three stages of alcohol withdrawal, outlined according to the timeframe and symptoms:

  • Stage 1 (Minor): These symptoms typically start to come on 6 to 12 hours after a person’s last drink. Symptoms include headaches, sweating, light tremors, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, heart palpitations, interrupted sleep and many more. These symptoms usually peak within the first few days.
  • Stage 2 (Moderate): After 12 to 24 hours, more moderate symptoms such as hallucinations and mental confusion may start to present themselves. In addition, seizures and increased blood pressure are not uncommon.
  • Stage 3 (Severe): Not every patient reaches this stage; however, those who do will experience severe symptoms known as delirium tremens after 48 to 96 hours of ceasing alcohol consumption. Delirium tremens can come on without warning and if left untreated, can be fatal. It is usually experienced by those who have drank excessively for months or even years. Symptoms include shortness of breath, dry mouth, disorientation, extreme tremors and vivid hallucinations, amongst many others.

If you or a loved one suffer from alcohol dependency and are looking to detox in a safe and supportive environment, medically assisted detox is the way to go. Detoxing by yourself at home is never recommended as delirium tremens can be deadly if not handled in a proper manner. With medically assisted detox, you increase your chances of a safe alcohol withdrawal process.

Work with Spark To Recovery for Medically Assisted Alcohol Detox

At Spark To Recovery, we provide a safe and supportive environment for all our clients to undergo medically assisted detox. With a team of professional physicians, therapists, nurses, and addiction treatment experts behind us, you can be assured of receiving the medical support you need as you progress through detox. Call Spark To Recovery at 818-849-5467 today if you want to schedule an appointment with us.