Those with alcohol addiction have a constant struggle of trying to quit. Quitting cold turkey can make you feel like you cannot live without alcohol. You know that you need to cleanse your body from those harmful substances but you do not know how or how long your body can be without alcohol. There are a number of signs that you need to seek a medical detox program before more damage is done to your body and mind.
Withdrawing from alcohol has the potential to be life-threatening. Withdrawal begins two hours after your last drink and can continue for weeks. You will normally notice the signs six to twelve hours after you stop drinking. You could experience mild symptoms like clammy or pale skin, mild anxiety, headaches, sweating, and dilated pupils. You could also experience extreme symptoms like vomiting, shakiness, insomnia, depression, mood swings, rapid heart rate, and loss of appetite.
Delirium tremens is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal where you can get severe mental or nervous system changes. This happens after you stop drinking, especially when there is not enough food in your system. You can also experience this type of alcohol withdrawal after a head injury, illness, or infection if you have a history of alcohol abuse.
Symptoms from delirium tremens can occur two to four days after your last drink but may not surface until seven to ten days later. These extreme symptoms include body tremors, deep sleeping for several days, hallucinations, decreased attention span, seizures, changes in mental function, and much more. Once these symptoms surface, it is best you seek a medical detox as fast as you can.
For those who are not able to detox on your own, there are inpatient and outpatient programs where medical professionals can help cleanse your body of harmful substances. Inpatient treatment is recommended for people with a long history of alcohol abuse and have consumed a huge volume of alcohol in that time. You would receive twenty four hour care along with medications to help manage withdrawal symptoms.
When your addiction is not that severe, you can choose outpatient treatment. This is when you visit a treatment facility on a regular basis. Like inpatient, you would be taking medications to help with your withdrawal symptoms but you would detox at home. In the end, you are the only one who can decide what you need to protect your body.
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