May 14, 2024

What to Expect With Alcohol Withdrawal

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Alcohol withdrawal causes different symptoms when someone with an addiction stops or cuts down on drinking. Symptoms range from mild to severe, with the worst cases being fatal if not treated in a supervised clinical setting.

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

The type and severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms depend on how long and how much you have been drinking. If someone has been drinking heavily for many years, they are more likely to have serious withdrawal symptoms like seizures or delirium tremens.

Mild symptoms of alcohol detox can include:

  • Sweating
  • Feeling anxious
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sickness
  • Headaches

More serious symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can include:

  • Shaking
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

Delirium tremens is a rare but severe form of withdrawal that starts 2 to 5 days after a person stops drinking and can be dangerous. Less than 5% of people who stop drinking will experience this.

It’s best to go through alcohol detox with medical supervision because of these risks. This is especially important if you have heart or lung problems since withdrawal symptoms can worsen quickly. Medical professionals can keep an eye on your blood pressure and heart rate. They can also provide medications to ease your discomfort.

Avoid these problems by calling Gratitude Lodge at 800-994-2184 for effective medical detox.

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How to Withdraw from Alcohol Safely

Now you know what to expect from alcohol withdrawal. To withdraw from alcohol safely, get professional medical help – here’s what to do:

  • Consult a doctor: Talk to your doctor about your drinking and plan to quit. They can guide you to a detox program or provide medications to manage withdrawal symptoms.
  • Detox in a safe setting: A medical detox at inpatient rehab is the safest place for alcohol withdrawal. Doctors and nurses monitor your health and offer 24/7 support.
  • Don’t suddenly stop drinking: Suddenly stopping alcohol can be dangerous. Slowly reducing intake under medical supervision is safer and stops severe symptoms.
  • Follow the treatment plan: Stick to the plan given by your healthcare provider, including taking medications and attending ongoing therapy sessions.
  • Support system: Surround yourself with friends and family. Join a support group like NA or AA if you need extra help.

What Is a Medical Alcohol Detox Like?

Medical alcohol detox is a carefully monitored process where medical experts help you stop drinking safely.

Initial assessment

Medical staff will ask about your drinking habits and health history to understand your needs.

Monitoring and support

During detox, staff monitor your vital signs and your alcohol withdrawal symptoms. This makes sure you are as safe and comfy as possible.

Medications

You might get medications to help with withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, sickness, or seizures.

Therapy and counseling

Many medical detox programs offer counseling to start exploring why you drink. Therapy also delivers emotional support.

Preparing for more treatment

After detox, you’ll get help planning the next steps of your recovery. This usually involves ongoing inpatient or outpatient treatment.

What to Expect With Alcohol Withdrawals FAQs

What can I expect in alcohol withdrawal from a long-term hardcore alcoholic?

Withdrawal from long-term alcohol use can be severe, with symptoms like nausea, anxiety, tremors, and even seizures. Severe cases may also include delirium tremens, which involve confusion, high blood pressure, and hallucinations.

Is it dangerous to detox from alcohol at home?

Yes, detoxing from alcohol at home can be dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and unpredictable, sometimes even deadly.

How do I find a good medical alcohol detox?

Look for a medical detox center with licensed healthcare professionals, positive reviews, and experience treating alcohol withdrawal. Recommendations from a trusted doctor or support groups can also help.

Is alcohol detox covered by insurance?

Many insurance plans cover alcohol detox, but the extent of coverage depends on your specific policy. Contact your insurance company or the detox center to understand your coverage.

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Get an Insurance-Covered Alcohol Detox at Gratitude Lodge

We can help people struggling with alcohol addiction and mental health issues at Gratitude Lodge in Southern California. Our welcoming rehab centers in Long Beach and Newport Beach focus on complete recovery.

Our medical detox program provides a safe and smooth way to manage alcohol withdrawal. once your body is free from alcohol, you can move into inpatient treatment. We offer the following therapies:

Call our recovery experts today at 800-994-2184 for help with alcohol detox.

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Joseph Gilmore has been working in the addiction industry for half a decade and has been writing about addiction and substance abuse treatment during that time. He has experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.
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Jenni Busse MS, LPSS is the Clinical Director at Gratitude Lodge. Jenni oversees the clinical program and the clinical team at Gratitude Lodge as a whole. Jenni has worked in treatment for almost 14 years. Her background as a licensed therapist and her passion for helping others intersected with addiction recovery when she started working primarily in detox residential treatment.

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