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Alcohol Detox Symptoms

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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When suffering from alcoholism you are well aware of the symptoms of withdrawal you experience when starting to detox. They are overwhelming and uncontrollable in a home environment. You often run back to the bottle in hopes of finding relief.

What are Alcohol Detox Symptoms

When stopping the use of alcohol you will begin to experience symptoms of withdrawal within 3 to 8 hours of detoxing. These symptoms will vary in type and severity. Factors such as your age, size, amount of alcohol consumed, how often you drank alcohol and how long you have been abusing alcohol will determine how alcohol detox will affect you.

Physical Symptoms of Alcohol Detox

  • Headache
  • Sweaty palms and face
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Paleness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Enlarged, dilated pupils
  • Clammy skin
  • Abnormal movements
  • Hand tremors
  • Involuntary and abnormal eyelid movement
  • Shakiness

Psychological Symptoms of Alcohol Detox

  • Anxiety
  • Nervous
  • Irritability
  • Easily excited
  • Emotional instability
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Unclear thought process

Severe Symptoms of Alcohol Detox

  • Delirium tremens – A state of confusion and hallucinations
  • Agitation
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Black outs

Alcohol Detox Treatment

To get through alcohol detox without being overwhelmed by these painful symptoms of withdrawal you can enter into a treatment facility where you will be offered a prescription medication. A benzodiazepine drug will ease symptoms of withdrawal, relieve any pain and control cravings.

Your body will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to alcohol abuse in a safe, secure and therapeutic environment with 24-7 medical attention. Alcohol detox can be dangerous, making alcohol detox treatment extremely important to ensure your safety.

You will be able to get past alcohol detox and start focusing on the next phase in your recovery. You do not need to suffer as an alcoholic, you can succeed as an alcoholic in recovery. Regaining control of your life and changing it for the better.

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