To overcome an addiction to alcohol, clients will need a detox. This process means ending the consumption of alcohol, and it leads to withdrawal symptoms. While this can be an unpleasant experience, the right medical support can make a big difference. Take a look at some specific alcohol withdrawal symptoms as well as what to expect once the detox is over.
Rapid Heart Rate
Roughly 24 hours into an alcohol detox program, alcohol withdrawal symptoms begin to worsen. For many clients, this means that specific functions of the body are sped up. It is very common to see a rapid heart rate, which makes it hard to relax or stay calm for extended periods of time.
It’s also common to see an increase in blood pressure. Body temperature may also rise, making clients uncomfortably warm. Fortunately, these side effects won’t last long. They tend to last for less than a week, and often they taper off in even less time.
Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms involve the digestive system. Trying to adjust to functioning without alcohol is challenging for much of the body. For many clients, this means abdominal discomfort in all its varying forms.
Some clients will struggle with diarrhea or abdominal cramping. Others may feel nauseous. Most people in alcohol withdrawal won’t have much of an appetite, and even drinking sips of water can be harsh. In many ways, alcohol withdrawal can feel like having a severe case of the flu.
Sweating and Dehydration
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, reduced thirst and an increase in sweat thanks to high body temperature. It doesn’t take an expert to see that all of these withdrawal symptoms will combine to lead to dehydration.
Dehydration can be mild, but it could also potentially be severe. When clients struggle with acute dehydration, they need immediate medical attention. Electrolyte beverages are one option, but in severe cases, an IV saline solution is the best course of action.
One of the most frightening symptoms of alcohol withdrawal is hallucinations. Clients in the peak of alcohol withdrawal may hear or see things that aren’t there. Both visual and auditory hallucinations can be traumatic, and some clients react violently.
Fortunately, this is a rare withdrawal symptom. Nonetheless, it is a possibility for those overcoming alcohol abuse and addiction, and it’s just one more reason why medical support is necessary throughout the process.
What Happens Once the Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms End
The end of withdrawal doesn’t mean the end of recovery. At Kemah Palms Recovery, clients continue their journey to sobriety with residential or outpatient rehab as well as an aftercare program. Some of the many practical treatment modalities available include:
- Medical detox program
- Family addiction treatment program
- Chronic pain recovery program
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
- Alcoholism treatment
Overcoming alcohol withdrawal symptoms is the first step to sobriety. At Kemah Palms Recovery in Kemah, Texas, clients can choose from detox services, residential programs, and an intensive outpatient program. Call us at 866.604.1873 to learn more about creating a custom treatment plan for addiction recovery.