Early alcohol withdrawal brings a host of symptoms along with it, leading many people to give in and take a drink at these early stages of sobriety. It’s a constant danger zone because people naturally want to feel better when they’re sick. For non-alcoholics, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but then they’re not experiencing flu-like symptoms when they cease drinking.
When these symptoms hit, it’s actually very natural to be tempted to take a drink to make them go away. Alcohol, the demon, and culprit behind these symptoms, seems to be both the cause of the symptoms and the solution to them. Around day 5, withdrawal takes on a different effect and it’s a critical crossroads. During the first four days, you’re likely to encounter physical and psychological symptoms. You may:
Day 5 Comes Along
On day 5 these symptoms are likely to peak and begin to fade. Your hallucinations, in most cases, would be over, and so would the sweating and headaches. What you’re still left with are one of two states of mind. For example, some people will have severe symptoms on day 5, too, while others begin to notice that the worst seems to be over, and they start to feel better by the end of the day. Feeling better is a blessing, but it’s also during this feeling that people often think, “Maybe I could have a drink now. I’m through the worst of it.” Alcoholism is a chronic trickster, always telling you that to take a drink is the right thing to do, whether it’s because you feel terrible or because you feel great and want to celebrate your feeling better. Many people report that they have difficulty from day 5 on because the symptoms start getting better and it gives them the illusion of being “able” to handle alcohol again.
Coping With Day 5 Symptoms
Day 5 is a volatile day for many people recovering from alcoholism. It may either be a culmination of the worst symptoms, or it may bring such relief of symptoms that it leads someone to want to have a drink. Temptation gets great on day 5 for most people, as physical symptoms come to a conclusion and then lead to craving. It’s easy to forget the pain of only a few short days before, as the entire attempt began. Many alcoholics suffer tremendously in those few days, and it’s natural to have a craving on day 5. It’s because of the cravings and the difficulty in making it past that critical 5th day that so many people choose to go into an alcohol rehab center in Florida. It makes good sense. When you’re in a rehab, where there is no alcohol or no exposure to things that might trigger use, you’re much safer from that impulsive first drink. If you have uncomfortable symptoms, you can talk to the staff or your fellow patients and get the help you need.
Day 5 in Inpatient Rehab
Inpatient rehab is a popular method of recovery for so many people with an alcohol problem. The discomfort of DIY recovery is often so traumatic that it can cause unstable emotions and unpleasant physical discomfort. Going it alone is rarely the best bet for long-term, stable recovery. For that reason, inpatient rehab for alcoholism is often the preferred method. Since alcohol causes such nasty, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, it’s much more comforting, and less traumatic, to recover in the company of medical professionals and fellow people in recovery.
When you’re in inpatient rehab, you’re surrounded by healthcare professionals who care for you and who know how to alleviate your symptoms. Whether you’re on day 1 or day 5, you’ll find that withdrawal symptom is easier to deal with when you’re surrounded by people who know how to help. Your peers will be an enormous source of support as well, giving you the true camaraderie you need to feel more comfortable during the withdrawal process. When things get rough, there’s always someone there to help you cope with the unpleasantness, and you won’t have to deal with the sometimes powerful craving sensations that come in during day 5 when all seems to have passed (or is getting its worst).