What is alcohol withdrawal? Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a set of symptoms that people have when they suddenly stop drinking after using alcohol for a long period of time. Some people have mild shakiness and sweats. The worst form of withdrawal is called “DTs" (delirium tremens). People with DTs may experience confusion, anxiety and even hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that aren't really there). DTs can be very serious if not treated by a doctor.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms rarely occur in people who only drink once in a while. Symptoms usually occur in people who have been drinking heavily for weeks or months and then suddenly stop drinking. People who have gone through withdrawal before are more likely to have withdrawal symptoms each time they quit drinking.
Do people going through alcohol withdrawal need an alcohol rehab?
Yes. An alcohol rehab has the ability to help you through alcohol withdrawal by admitting you to their alcohol detox unit. If you go through withdrawal a number of times without getting the right alcohol rehab treatment, your symptoms may get worse each time. So even if your alcohol withdrawal symptoms don't seem that bad, it's important to seek an evaluation at an alcohol rehab. This is especially true for people who have had a bad alcohol withdrawal before and people who have other health problems, such as infections, heart disease, lung disease or a history of seizures.
Is alcohol withdrawal and alcohol detox painful?
Without the help of an alcohol detox program, alcohol withdrawal can and is painful. By choosing an effective and quality alcohol detox program, they can greatly minimize any discomfort you may have due to alcohol withdrawal. An alcohol detox program will dispense medications that are capable of greatly reducing and sometimes eliminating alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Always seek an evaluation at an alcohol rehab program or alcohol detox program if you feel you may be experiencing alcohol withdrawal.
For further information on alcohol withdrawal go to www.recoveryconnection.org or call the national alcoholism helpline at 1-800-511-9225. If you are looking for an effective alcohol detox program go to www.lakeviewhealth.com .
Jonathan Huttner is a partner in an alcohol rehab program called Lakeview which specializes in dual diagnosis. Lakeview also operates a gay friendly drug rehab called Freedom Rings which caters to the needs of the GLBT population.