Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: Don’t Try This At Home

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Medical detox or residential detox can be costly. Some people feel they would better save by detoxing themselves at home. Many people are unaware of the severity of their alcohol dependency and innocently decide to quit cold turkey, inadvertently throwing themselves into detox. While detox can be done at home, it is also dangerous to do without medical supervision. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can lead to extreme effects including seizure, heart attack, stroke, and severe hallucinations which can cause personal injury.

During alcohol withdrawal, the body experiences many different side effect as it processes out harmful toxins caused by alcohol abuse. In an effort to best regulate the alcohol withdrawal, the body will get very hot and also very cold. At one moment someone’s mood might be stable and at the next moment they cannot bear to stay sober one more minute. Understand the physical, mental, and emotional side effects of alcohol detox before making the decision to detox at home.

Details About Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

  • Alcohol withdrawal can start in as little as two hours after the last drink
  • The detox period from alcohol can last up to three weeks with severe symptoms a majority of the time
  • Serious complications like seizures and DT’s- delirium tremens can cause death. The death rate is between 1-5%
  • Side effects of alcohol withdrawal syndrome can change rapidly and without notice making it difficult to manage without professional help

Physical Effects Of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

  • Fever
  • Shivers
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Rapid heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite

Mental Effects Of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Agitation
  • Aggression

Emotional Effects Of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

  • Cravings
  • Manipulation
  • Fear
  • Hopelessness
  • Obsession with alcohol

Cravings are the most significant effect of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The mental and physical effects of detox can cause severe cravings which are difficult to alleviate. As alcohol is leaving the body, the brain is panicked to obtain more of it. Cravings, both mental and physical, are felt in such a strong way that many people in detox feel it would be easier to have another drink than continue to endure the symptoms of withdrawal. Trying to manage the aggressive and irrational behavior of alcoholism at home is difficult for any family member or friend. When choosing to detox completely alone, one might fall to their own devices and struggle under the weight of cravings.

Medical detox is proven to help with alcohol withdrawal syndrome and make the transition into sobriety easier. Aurora Recovery Center offers medically assisted detox and tapering programs to help members make the transition into treatment safely. For more information on our treatment programs, call 844-515-STOP.

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