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What to Expect During Alcohol Withdrawal
Alcohol and Dependency
In moderation, alcohol consumption isn’t a bad thing. Some people can drink recreationally and never develop a problem. For others, however, occasional drinking progresses into excessive drinking. People who engage in binge drinking—consuming four or more drinks for a woman or five or more for a man, all consumed within about two hours—are far more likely to develop a drinking problem.
The problem doesn’t stop there. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to dependency. Once a dependency develops, putting an end to drinking becomes extremely difficult.
Even when individuals make the decision to quit drinking, alcohol withdrawal symptoms create a roadblock to recovery. The more individuals drink, the more tolerant their bodies becomes to the substance. The brain also becomes dependent on alcohol to function and feel “right.”
Even in the middle of active addiction, when alcohol effects start to wear off, the dependent user may begin to experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms that range greatly in severity from mild to lethal. These symptoms typically begin to appear within eight hours of the last drink.
Alcohol withdrawal affects people differently. Certain factors determine the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Some of these factors include:
- Volume and frequency of alcohol consumption
- Pre-existing co-occurring mental disorders
- Medical history
Typically, there are four withdrawal stages:
- Stage 1 (mild) – The first stage starts about eight hours after the last drink. Individuals experience various symptoms, including anxiety, insomnia, nausea, abdominal pain and/or vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, and depression.
- Stage 2 (moderate) – The second stage begins between 24–72 hours after the last drink and includes increased blood flow, body temperature, and respiration. Individuals may also experience an irregular heartbeat, mental cloudiness, profuse sweating, irritability, and increased mood swings.
- Stage 3 (severe, also known as delirium tremens) – Usually occurring around 72+ hours after the last drink, the final stage can involve hallucinations, fever, seizures, and extreme confusion and agitation.
Help for Alcohol Addiction
If you’re unable to quit drinking on your own, there’s effective treatment available that can help you to achieve the positive results. Our facility Memphis Recovery in Memphis, Tennessee, offers quality addiction treatment that can assist you with getting clean and learning life skills to help you maintain your sobriety. You don’t have to live a life ruled by alcohol any longer.
We offer various treatment programs, including:
- Adult Treatment Program
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Partial Hospitalization Program
- Dual Diagnosis and Trauma Therapy
No matter how lost you feel in the cycle of alcohol abuse, we can help you to turn your life around and regain control over your behavior and choices.
The Help You Need is Available Now
Don’t wait until your alcohol problem has caused more chaos and unnecessary destruction in your life. Memphis Recovery in Memphis, Tennessee, has the treatment programs and tools that you need to successfully conquer your demons. If you’re ready for a new beginning, we’re excited to help you reach your goals. Call us today at 866-304-8254 for more information and to get started on the path to life lasting recovery.