Alcohol use becomes a problem when you often end up drinking more than you intended, it interferes with your work or taking care of your family, it causes interpersonal problems, or it causes you to indulge in risky behavior. If you are unable to quit alcohol or you experience alchohol withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit, you are not alone. Approximately 15 million adults in the United States suffered from alcohol use disorder in the United States in 2015.
If you have become chemically dependent on alcohol, a sudden decrease in consumption or complete abstinence may cause alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms can occur as quickly as 8 hours after the last drink or a couple of days later. The symptoms usually peak 24-72 hours after they start, but they can last for weeks. Less dangerous signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include mild to moderate tremors, irritability, anxiety or agitation and depression. But often alcohol withdrawal could cause serious conditions such as delirium tremens (confusion, disorientation), hallucinations and even seizures. The severity of seizures may increase with each subsequent alcohol withdrawal episode. Cognitive impairment and delirium may lead to a chronic memory disorder called Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.
Due to the risks involved with alcohol withdrawal, it is not advisable to suddenly stop heavy alcohol consumption without medical supervision. Treatment facilities experienced with alcohol withdrawal management are the safest settings for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal requires pharmacological intervention. The most common medication used to help individuals with alcohol withdrawal is Librium, which needs to be titrated based on individual needs. Delirium tremens and the potential to get seizures to need to be addressed with other medications.
Appropriate treatment of alcohol withdrawal can relieve the patient’s discomfort, prevent the development of more serious symptoms, and prevent cumulative effects that might worsen future withdrawals. At the Center for Network Therapy, we have been detoxing individuals off of alcohol successfully for many years. If you are looking for a high-quality alcohol treatment program, you have come to the right place. Please call immediately if you or a loved one are experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.Share