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Lessons Learned – Different Stages Of Alcohol Withdrawal

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Are you on the verge of giving up looking for somebody to help you, your brother, sister, husband, wife, your son or daughter? Could it be that friend or relative you care so deeply about you are trying to help? Worry less because we got you and at the end of every dark tunnel there’s some light.

Dealing with a person who is on a recovery journey from drugs can be a bit hard, and it requires a lot of patience, understanding, and one needs to be supportive. If you are an addict, here are some vital information to help you out as you encounter new experiences and also as you go through different phases of alcohol withdrawal. We hope this encourages you and most importantly, gives you a deeper insight into why seeking help is always a good thing to do. Let us briefly revisit the withdrawal stages.

Stage 1

Alcohol withdrawal refers to the physical and mental effects a person undergoes through after they stop drinking. A heavy drinker is likely to be affected by the symptoms as compared to one who drinks once in a while. Alcoholism can be treated, and it starts slowly starts by withdrawing from the drug. The withdrawal occurs in three stages, and the earliest stage usually begins 6-12 hours after one stops consuming alcohol. This stage is characterized by symptoms such as:

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Forgetfulness

The symptoms can be mild on some days and severe on others and may differ from one person to another depending majorly on the frequency of drinking and amount consumed.

Stage 2

Stage 2 is almost similar to stage 1. Although, stage two symptoms are a bit more severe than Stage 1 Symptoms usually start showing from 12 hours after the last drink and can last up to 48 hours. One is likely to experience hallucinations at this stage. They see or hear things that may not be there. The symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Teeth clenching
  • Loss of bowel

Stage 3

This stage begins 48 – 72 hours after alcohol cessation. For some people, it can last up to two weeks. Only 30% of patients experience the symptoms of this stage. In this stage, one of the withdrawal symptoms includes delirium tremens (DT’s) which is one of the serious symptoms. Patients who are older and have a poor liver function are likely to encounter delirium tremens. The symptoms for DT’S are:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • Vivid hallucinations
  • Disorientation
  • Seizures
  • Increased pulse and body temperature

It is possible to change your life around by starting with where you are. C.S Lewis said, “you can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the end.” Dealing with reforming addicts whose stories I find so inspiring and brave has taught me a couple of lessons about alcoholism and addiction. Below are some of the lessons.

A Strong Support System Is Essential

People can make bad choices in life, but that doesn’t make them bad people. Having a reliable and robust support system is very important in one’s journey to recovery. These are the people who stand by you during your struggles. Not everyone will be supportive hence the need to keep a small circle of friends.

If you have a friend or a relative fighting addiction, try and be more compassionate and show concern and let them know they are not alone.

Therapy Treatment Is A Good Remedy

If you really want to fight alcoholism, you must first accept the problem. Treatment can be in medication or therapy form. Medication will only reduce your urge to drink. There’s more to only cutting down alcohol consumption levels. That’s why therapy sessions are the best form of treatment. You can visit a professional counselor or share with your peers who have the same experiences as you. It is important to attend and commit to all the scheduled meetings and keep in touch always. Remember speaking about your recovery is essential for complete recovery. The more you share about it, the more you let it go.

Change Starts With You

To fight addiction, you must first admit you have a problem and be willing to seek assistance. Friends and family might push you, but the choice and power lie within you. Do whatever it takes to get your life back. Cut those toxic friendships, move to a new apartment or even move in with a friend or someone to help you recover, if that job is harmful, find a new one, start a new better life and build your good reputation back. You can also find new hobbies or set new life goals that will help you live a meaningful life free from drugs. Basically surround yourself with positivity. Don’t be too hard on yourself though. One step at a time and gradually you will be there.

Recovery Is A Process

Recovery is a long life trip that can take months and years for some. Are you ready to stay sober all through and patient enough to see you or your loved one become the best version of themselves? Are you prepared to forgive yourself for your past mistakes? Relapses do occur along the way and whenever you find yourself relapsing, don’t be discouraged or frustrated. Instead, get back on track and keep going. Remember to take one day at a time.

We All Make Mistakes, And Everyone Deserves A Second Chance

As one drowns deeper into alcoholism, they lose so much and a lot of changes in their lives. Friendships are broken, separation from spouses, even their physical and mental state worsened. Forgiveness is a virtue we highly recommend. No one is perfect, and that is what makes us human.

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