Alcohol Withdrawal

– Overcoming Alcohol Withdrawal At Journey Malibu –

Journey Malibu offers a well thought out and approved approach to
Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

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When heavy or frequent drinkers try to give up drinking all at once, to quit “cold turkey” as it’s known, they will often experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms — which can range from the mildly annoying to severe and even life-threatening. The severity of one’s alcohol withdrawal symptoms often depends upon how dependent the chronic drinker, or alcoholic, has become. If you’ve drunk daily and heavily over the course of many years, it’s quite likely you will have developed a high level of dependency. But it’s also possible to develop a chemical dependence upon alcohol if you drink at a lesser rate, in which case the severity of your alcohol withdrawal symptoms may wind up being just as great as the alcohol withdrawal symptoms of someone who drank more heavily than you.

Severe Withdrawal

When heavy or frequent drinkers try to give up drinking all at once, to quit they will often experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms 6 to 8 hours after stopping their alcohol intake– The first stage may be autonomic nervous system instability with an increase in blood pressure and heart rate to severe and even life-threatening. (For a more complete description of withdrawal symptoms, broken down according to “Tactile, Auditory, and Visual” Disturbances, please see the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment (CIWA) form. http://www.chce.research.va.gov/apps/PAWS/content/7.htm)

The severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms often depends upon how dependent the chronic drinker, or alcoholic, has become. If you’ve drunk daily and heavily over the course of many years, it’s quite likely you will have developed a high level of dependency. But it’s also possible to develop a chemical dependence upon alcohol if you drink at a lesser rate, in which case the severity of your alcohol withdrawal symptoms may wind up being just as great as the alcohol withdrawal symptoms of someone who drank more heavily than you.

What we know for sure is that someone who has become dependent upon alcohol decides to stop drinking, he or she is bound to experience some level of physical discomfort. For this reason, they will find it extremely difficult to try and stop drinking “on their own” — without the assistance and support provided by a Drug, Substance Abuse, and Alcohol Treatment Center, like ours at JOURNEY MALIBU’s Recovery Center.

If you’re suffering from alcohol withdrawal, call us now at
(877) 673-4225 to schedule a free assessment.

THE LAST TIME… FOR NOW

How often has the scenario played out in your life over the years? After a particularly damaging or embarrassing binge, you make an oath to yourself and others that last night was your “last time”, and follow that up with a vow to quit drinking once and for all. But when you do quit, you quickly find yourself battling alcohol withdrawal symptoms, which are because of dependence” craving” for more alcohol. That craving is your body telling you that it “needs” alcohol. As the physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal begin to increase, taking another drink simply becomes less painful than not taking one — or so it seems at the time.

For those who want to stop drinking again, or have been forced by circumstances to refrain from alcohol, the struggle to fight alcohol withdrawal symptoms can become a battle, and one that can sometimes become life threatening.

Call JOURNEY MALIBU today at (877) 673-4225 to learn more about alcohol withdrawal and begin your path to recovery.

 


Moderate Withdrawal

For the less chemically dependent, their alcohol withdrawal might be as “mild” as simply getting the shakes, or the sweats – a condition that may include nausea, headache, anxiety, a rapid heart beat, and increased blood pressure. Although these alcohol withdrawal symptoms are not pleasant, they are not necessarily dangerous. But if they are accompanied by the “craving” for more alcohol, it can make the decision to remain “dry” that much more difficult.

Even the “morning after” hangover of someone who only occasionally drinks to excess, is actually a mild form of alcohol withdrawal from the excesses of the night before, as the alcohol content of their blood begins to drop. These alcohol withdrawal symptoms can appear within a few hours of stopping drinking.

 

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In more extreme cases of alcohol withdrawal, more extreme alcohol withdrawal symptoms may develop in the hours or days following the alcoholic putting “the plug in the jug”. These types of alcohol withdrawal symptoms can occur within six to 48 hours to 14 days after stopping drinking, and can take the form of visual hallucinations, although they can also involve sounds and smells. All types of alcohol withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere for a few hours up to weeks at a time.

Some extreme alcohol withdrawal can lead an alcoholic to experience delirium tremens (aka “the DT’s”) after three to five days without alcohol. The DT’s can include profound confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, hyperactivity, and extreme cardiovascular disturbances. If convulsions or seizures occur, however, that the alcoholic should seriously consider seeking professional attention.

Call us today at (877) 673-4225 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Getting Treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal at Journey Malibu

With an experienced staff committed to a sensitive and thorough approach to your recovery, Journey Malibu is the treatment center you should choose to handle your alcohol withdrawal.

The good news for those who are extremely alcohol dependent, and who wish to quit drinking, is that all of these alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be alleviated and even eliminated with proper care and treatment, like that provided at our JOURNEY MALIBU California Alcohol Rehab.

If you are a heavy drinker and want to quit, do not let the prospects of experiencing alcohol withdrawal stop you from getting the help that you need. And remember that the psychological withdrawal from giving up alcohol is hard enough to deal with, without also having to battle the physical symptoms. Remember also that we are experts is supporting you in getting the maximum reimbursement payment on your personal insurance for rehab.

So if you’re serious about your recovery, and are looking for an experienced and nurturing environment where you can safely confront the challenges of alcohol withdrawal, make JOURNEY MALIBU your destination.

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