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How Do I Know What to Expect from Alcohol Withdrawal?

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If you’re considering entering rehab for an alcohol addiction, it’s natural to be concerned about the withdrawal symptoms you may experience. If your body has become dependent on alcohol, it will take some time to get used to going through your day without drinking. However, when you have a better idea of what to expect and know how to deal with the effects of alcohol withdrawal, you’ll increase your chances of success when it comes to sobriety.

The Effects of Alcohol Withdrawal

You’ll likely experience a strong craving for alcohol when you’ve decided to stop drinking. This is common when you’re trying to detox from any addictive substance. You may have the cravings because you don’t want to deal with the effects of withdrawal, or you may want to experience the effect that alcohol provides for you (i.e. feelings of happiness or lowered anxiety).

You’ll also notice a change in your mood when you’re withdrawing from alcohol. If you normally feel relaxed or happy when you drink, you may start to feel anxious and angry when you are no longer drinking. If you’re drinking to run from feelings like grief or frustration, these feelings may start to surface once you’re not consuming alcohol. This is why it’s important to engage in therapy or counseling while you’re trying to achieve sobriety. It’s essential that you learn to deal with these emotions in a healthy way, so that even when you’ve completed the detox process, you’ll have the tools you need to cope with your feelings without turning to alcohol and repeating the cycle of addiction.

Additional Symptoms

After you’ve decided to stop drinking, it’s common to have sleep issues. Alcohol can have a sedative effect on the body, and if you’ve used the substance to help you fall asleep, you may have trouble getting a good night’s rest. Your body will naturally be tired as a result of the detox process. However, you may still find that you have insomnia when you’re trying to achieve sobriety, since you’ll likely feel more anxious and jittery when you’re not consuming alcohol.

Vomiting and nausea are additional symptoms that come with alcohol withdrawal. You may feel sick to your stomach or be unable to keep food down for long periods of time. You can work with a nutritionist to create a diet plan that includes foods that are gentle on the stomach during this time. Juicing and/or eating foods that are rich in nutrients can help to restore the body and reduce some of the effects of alcohol withdrawal over time.

Severity of Symptoms

It’s important to keep in mind that the amount of alcohol you drink regular and how often you drink can affect your withdrawal symptoms. In most cases, it’s not a good idea to try to quit cold turkey, especially if you have several drinks daily. Your body may respond better if you stop drinking gradually until you are no longer dependent on alcohol.

In some cases, doctors will prescribe medications to lessen the severity of symptoms and increase the chances that your body will respond well to the alcohol detox. Alcohol has a profound effect on the mind, and some people will even start having hallucinations when they are not drinking. Hallucinating means that you may hear or see things that aren’t really there, and this could cause feelings of fear or anger. It’s crucial to be aware of this before you start treatment. Your close friends and family members should know about the possibility of hallucinations as well, since alcohol detox can have a definite effect on your relationships.

While this symptom is not extremely common, seizures can occur in some people who are detoxing from alcohol. If you have a history of seizures, talk to your doctor and the rehab center staff about this before beginning treatment. In some cases, the doctor may prescribe a medication to reduce the chances of seizures while you’re going through withdrawal.

Trying to stop drinking suddenly can be very dangerous to your health and can even be life-threatening. This is why going through the process with a medical professional could be very helpful in helping you achieve long-term sobriety.

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