Common Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal
If you or someone close to you has decided to stop drinking alcohol, you should be aware of the side effects so you can be prepared to deal with them. Alcohol abuse takes a toll on the body’s nervous system and the chemical addiction that develops means that if you stop drinking, your system goes into a kind of shock. In response, your body and mind will experience some of these symptoms.
First there are the mental and emotional symptoms of removing alcohol consumption from your life. These include nervousness, anxiety, aggression, irritability, and mood swings that can be traumatic for those close to you in your life. These are common for those detoxing from caffeine, nicotine, and other drugs as well. Further psychological symptoms like confusion, depression, and nightmares can also plague a recovering alcoholic. It’s important to remember that these haunting thought patterns and emotional traumas can often fuel a relapse and one should always seek the help and support of loved ones and/or trained healthcare recovery professionals.
Physical side effects are often more noticeable and harder to deal with during the detoxing phase of alcohol withdrawal. These include nausea, seizures, vomiting, migraines, and rapid heart rate. As the body begins to rebuild itself and adjust these will largely abate but things like tremors and shaking can remain for months after you stop drinking.
As a warning, if you experience severe withdrawal symptoms such as black outs, fever, severe confusion or hallucinations, you should seek professional medical attention. Don’t allow these extreme detox symptoms to endanger you or your loved ones.
Be prepared for the long haul and anticipate these difficult situations with proper care and support around you, as well as a health and wellness lifestyle that will take care of your body and mind while you recover.