Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

The physical and psychological dependence to alcohol makes it extremely difficult for people to get sober. If you’ve ever stopped drinking for an extended time, you’ve probably experienced the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. These symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and harsh, which is why many people relapse. Not to mention, symptoms can be extremely dangerous. However, the good news is that the medical detox process can help you through this.

Why Do Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal Occur?

Your body is extremely complex, and it’s always working to maintain balance for your survival. As you continue to drink excessively, your body eventually develops a tolerance. While this is happening, you become dependent on alcohol, so you’ll need the substance in order to function. Ultimately, once you quit drinking, you’ll begin going through alcohol withdrawal.

Alcohol withdrawal is more dangerous than any other substance, and it can lead to fatal consequences. For example, the more severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can include irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure as well as seizures. Without the proper medical attention, you can go into cardiac arrest while detoxing. Additional symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Body tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Aches and pains

The Medical Detox Process

When you go to a qualified treatment center offering medical detox, you’ll go through withdrawal symptoms safely and comfortably. The first step in the process is doing a medical assessment to see how severe your symptoms of withdrawal may become.

From here, medical staff is able to provide medication that helps prevent seizures, and keep heart rate under control. You’ll also receive medical attention at all times of the day to ensure you’re as safe as possible during the detoxification process.

Thanks to advances in addiction treatment, there are medications that reduce additional withdrawal symptoms. Different substances trick the brain into thinking that you’re still consuming alcohol, which helps decrease pain. These medications can also help lessen anxiety when coming off of alcohol. Some can reduce the psychological and physical cravings you experience early on.

Recovery Doesn’t Stop After Detox

In order to truly recover from alcoholism, you need to go through addiction treatment. This prevents the chances of future relapse. Here at 1st Step Behavioral Health, we provide detox services while also offering treatment to help live addiction free. We offer multiple levels of care that can last anywhere from six months to a year. Some of the services we provide include:

Don’t let addiction continue to control every aspect of your life. Call us today at (866) 319-6126 for transformative, comprehensive addiction treatment.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.