Withdrawing from Alcohol in a Safe Way


Alcohol withdrawal can have the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or diarrhea
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Constipation and diarrhea
  • Difficulty sleeping or focusing
  • Elevated blood pressure and heart rate

You could require medically supervised detoxification if you have been drinking heavily and for a long time. To understand more, consult a doctor or an expert in addiction. Many of these symptoms get worse without medication. A supervised detox is always better to get on the way of sober life.

The need for doctors

The guidance of a doctor or clinician qualified to evaluate and treat patients in alcohol withdrawal will be helpful for those who are already experiencing moderate danger of alcohol withdrawal or who are worried about beginning to experience withdrawal symptoms.

Treatment centers

People who are going through moderate to severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms or who are at risk of going through moderate to severe symptoms, usually need to be monitored and treated for withdrawal symptoms in-patiently at an acute care hospital or detox facility.

Other post-detox sources include:

  • Therapies include cognitive-behavioral therapy and family therapy (CBT).
  • 12-step gatherings, like AA.
  • Involvement in further mutual-help organizations.
  • Free online virtual support meetings offered by AAC.
  • Some medications can stop some withdrawal reactions before they have major repercussions. Other drugs could be utilized to treat patients or provide supportive care (e.g., anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, beta blockers and alpha-adrenergic agonists.) Fluids or specific vitamins may be administered to patients who are malnourished or dehydrated.
  • Acamprosate, which aids in abstinence from alcohol usage once sober.
  • Disulfiram, which if alcohol is consumed results in unpleasant symptoms.
  • Naltrexone, which works to counteract alcohol’s rewarding or reinforcing effects.
  • After detox or abstinence, some of these drugs may be administered.

How Much Alcohol Must I Consume to Have Withdrawals?

It is hard to foresee who may experience alcohol withdrawal, how severe withdrawal might be, or what its course might be. Your body chemistry, the amount of alcohol you consume each day, your age, if you have any co-occurring medical or mental health disorders, and several other variables all have a significant role in whether you experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms.