Alcohol dependency causes you to experience strong urges to drink alcohol. When you do not fulfill this urge you are left feeling uncomfortable and in pain from symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. This can make very difficult when you are ready to stop drinking alcohol.
What it Expect During Withdrawal
In 3 to 8 hours after your last drink of alcohol you will begin to experience a wide range of symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. You will feel as if you have the flu, trembling, sweating, and craving for alcohol.Time and time again you turn back to alcohol at this point for relief.
There is a risk of seizures during withdrawal, however this does not happen in all people withdrawing from alcohol. There is also a risk of experiencing delirium tremens (DTs) which is visual and auditory hallucinations, delirium and confusion. This occurs within the first few days of withdrawal in 1 and 20 people.
There is an end to alcohol withdrawal. Most symptoms will subside within a week. However it is no uncommon for symptoms of withdrawal and cravings to persist for week to months after stopping the use of alcohol, this all depends on the severity of your dependency.
Finding Relief in Withdrawal
When alcohol withdrawal symptoms have kicked in you nearly always run back to the bottle for comfort. If you are serious about getting sober then you can find relief in your withdrawal by entering into a treatment facility for the detoxification process. There you will find the treatment and supportive care needed to get through withdrawal and focus on developing relapse prevention tools.
The Detoxification Process
The detoxification process is designed to cleanse your body of the chemicals and toxins related to alcohol abuse. Detox can be dangerous and painful, making it necessary to do so in a safe, secure and medical environment, within a treatment facility or hospital.
During detox symptoms of withdrawal can be painful and overwhelming. A benzodiazepine medication can be prescribed to relieve any pain, ease symptoms of withdrawal and help control cravings. You will be able to detox from alcohol in a more comfortable state, getting past the initial hurtle in treatment, withdrawal.