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Alcohol Withdrawal – Amarillo

Alcohol withdrawal is what occurs when alcohol leaves the system or a person who is addicted to alcohol and they begin to experience negative physical and mental symptoms as a result. The withdrawals will continue until the alcohol is completely out of the person’s system and the body re-balances itself to be able to function properly without consuming more alcohol. This can take days to go through the initial withdrawals, though residual or post-acute alcohol withdrawal can last far longer.

The best treatment for recovering alcoholics begins with medical detox and therapy in a recovery treatment center. Call Alcohol Treatment Centers Amarillo at (806) 318-9013 to learn how to get into a program today.

Symptoms Of Withdrawal From Alcohol

Alcohol withdrawals are caused by the physical and mental dependence that a person experiences when a person abuses alcohol.

The physical aspects occur due to a chemical dependence that occurs as a result of the chemical reactions that occur when alcohol is consumed.

The mental dependence, on the other hand, generally develops when alcohol is used to fill a void, such as to treat depression or anxiety.

When a person decides to quit using alcohol or is not allowed to gain access to an alcoholic beverage soon enough to satisfy their cravings and their dependence, they will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. These can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Tremors
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Sweating

While these are the most common symptoms of withdrawals from alcohol, there are other more severe symptoms that require immediate medical attention and supervision to ensure safety. These include:

  • High fever
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations of any kind (auditory, tactile or touch, and visual)
  • Extreme agitation or disorientation/confusion

Withdrawal symptoms, while wholly unpleasant, serve an important purpose in the addiction treatment and recovery process. The detox process (the time period in which withdrawals occur), allows the body to eradicate the alcohol from the body.

Additionally, once all traces of alcohol are eliminated from the body, a person’s systems are allowed to return to normal. This includes changes in brain chemistry, organ functions, and emotional health.

Oftentimes these withdrawals occur while a person is undergoing other addiction treatments such as group and individual therapies as well as acupuncture or chiropractic care. These treatments help to handle the withdrawals that recovering addicts are dealing with.

Medical Detox vs. Home Care

When it comes to going through withdrawals from alcohol, a person who tries to go it alone will struggle more than a person who is in a residential detox program. As soon as a person begins to experience adverse effects, their natural instincts will be to take a drink. Those urges will only continue to get stronger as the withdrawals continue. Being in an environment that allows access to alcohol will only make it harder to stay sober.

In a residential treatment center, the recovering alcoholic is removed form that temptation. They are unable to access alcohol and therefore cannot relapse in the midst of withdrawals. Additionally, some symptoms of withdrawals from alcohol can be quite intense or even medically dangerous.

In a residential treatment center, nurses and doctors are readily available on-hand to provide medical treatments and interventions that can help to ensure that the withdrawal symptoms do not cause permanent or fatal damage to the body. Overall, success rates for patients who go through medical detox are higher than those who choose to handle withdrawal at home.

Learn how to get help for yourself or a loved one when you call Alcohol Treatment Centers Amarillo at (806) 318-9013.

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