Alcohol withdrawal occurs when someone who has developed an addiction or dependence cuts alcohol from their routine. When alcohol consumption is abruptly stopped, withdrawal symptoms can occur. The severity of these symptoms depends on how much alcohol was consumed per day or per week.
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Alcohol addiction or Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is defined as a person who consumes more than three drinks (women) or more than four drinks (men) in one day. Those who consume heavier amounts of alcohol may be prone to more severe symptoms and side effects. However, even those who drink regularly in lower doses may be susceptible to developing symptoms after quitting drinking.
Some of the most common side effects of alcohol withdrawal include:
- Delirium Tremens
These symptoms can start as soon as six hours after the discontinuation of alcohol. More severe symptoms may start between 12-48 hours after one’s last drink, and Delirium Tremens can begin between 48-72 hours after one’s last drink.
Benefits of Professional Detox Treatment
Detoxing alone can be scary. With severe symptoms possible, it’s much safer to detox under the care of a medical professional. Medically supervised detox is an option on its own or in combination with a full inpatient treatment program.
As detoxing can lead to potentially serious withdrawal symptoms, many doctors recommend detoxing under their care. By detoxing under medical supervision, recovering addicts can receive access to:
- Consistent monitoring of one’s vitals to ensure their safety throughout the process
- Medications like Benzodiazepines, Disulfiram, Naltrexone, and more to aid in reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms
- Access to group, individual, and alternative methods of therapy
By committing to an inpatient or medical detox program early in one’s recovery, addicts can reap these benefits, therefore reducing the anxiety they may feel about quitting drinking. In a supportive environment where patients feel safe, rates of continued recovery are much higher.
Asheville Recovery Center Can Help
Methamphetamine abuse is very dangerous and life-threatening when left untreated. That is why it is extremely important to seek help immediately if you or a loved one is struggling with any substance addiction.
At Asheville Recovery Center, treatment specialists have developed a unique, hybrid model of treatment which combines a traditional 12-step program with holistic rehabilitation. A multitude of services, programs, and therapies are offered, including the Partial Hospitalization Program, Residential-style treatment, outpatient rehabilitation, and more.
The founders of Asheville Recovery Center, as well as many of our addiction therapists, have struggled with addiction and now enjoy life in recovery. They understand the struggles of addiction and how difficult it is to overcome alone. If you feel that you or a loved one is struggling with drug abuse, our specialists are on standby and ready to help. Call (828)523-8595 and speak with an addiction expert today.