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Never take alcohol withdrawal symptoms lightly. The “cold turkey” approach to halting alcohol abuse is a dangerous way to stop drinking as it can lead to devastating results.
The alcohol withdrawal process typically starts within 6-48 hours following cessation and peaks approximately 24-35 hours after the last drink. During this period, the brain reacts to the sudden lack of alcohol by causing the body to over or under-produce certain hormones. This causes alcohol withdrawal because the nervous system is impaired. These symptoms can last for many weeks after the last drink.
Alcohol withdrawals differ for each individual depending on the condition of their physical body at the time of detoxification and the amount of alcohol that had been consuming daily. At Drug Treatment Centers Manhattan, we do a thorough initial assessment of each patient at intake. This process entails a complete physical, which includes, but is not limited to, checking for blood pressure and irregular heart rhythms. We also evaluate the condition of all the organs of the body, especially the liver. This knowledge enables us to recognize, address and handle beforehand any problems the addict might experience during the detox stage of rehab.
The most common side effects of withdrawal from alcohol to name a few includes:
- Heightened sensitivity to light and sound
- Anxiety and Irritability
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Mental disturbance
- Sweating and tremors
- Extremely aggressive behavior
- Rapid heart beat
- Irregular blood pressure
Treatment for alcohol withdrawal symptoms
Due to the large amount of symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal, treatment has to be carefully planned and tailored to suit each patient. Because each patient is so carefully analyzed and their treatment tailored specifically for them, life threating manifestations during this period are minimalized.
We are also prepared for more extreme symptoms like seizures, pulmonary complications, cardiac arrest and delirium tremens, which occur in 5 to 10 percent of admitted patients. These symptoms, if not handled properly, can be fatal. As such, all our addiction personnel have medical emergency training, which equips them to deal with life threatening situations. Studies have also proven elderly patients are more prone to experience these severe conditions.
Overall assessments are determined by a number a variables such as age, frailty and mental capacity. This ensures that proper treatment is administered to our patients and that we administer applicable techniques during alcohol detox stages. Relevant treatment further guarantees that the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal will be safely undertaken with the least chance for complications.
In the treatment of withdrawal symptoms, we make sure the patient is made comfortable as soon as possible. The assessment process also helps us to determine if medication will be necessary and beneficial for a particular patient.
The safest way to detox from alcohol dependency is with proper medical supervision. We strongly recommend that if or your loved one is addicted to alcohol that you seek the proper treatment immediately. Call Drug Treatment Centers Manhattan today at 212-202-5657 for a safe recovery.