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The Stages of Alcohol Withdrawal: What to Expect When Quitting Drinking

What to Expect When Quitting Drinking

What Happens After You Stop Drinking?

Drinking alcohol has become a normalized part of modern day society. However, this highly addictive substance has easily brought individuals into a spiral of alcohol addiction that can be difficult to escape without the proper support. For those individuals engaging in alcohol abuse including heavy drinker or binge drinking, the longer your alcohol consumption progresses, the more your body begins to develop a physical dependence to alcohol. As your body becomes reliant on alcohol consumption to be able to function normally throughout the day, it becomes challenging to quit drinking alcohol on your own due to the severe withdrawal symptoms that can occur. An alcohol detox program will provide individuals with the medical supervision and support you need to safely overcome your alcohol addiction and mitigate any presenting risk factors or concerns within alcohol abuse and alcohol withdrawal syndrome. 

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and Timeline

Depending on your unique history with alcohol abuse, you will experience a wide variety of withdrawal symptoms that can range in severity. Common withdrawal symptoms that those with an alcohol addiction will face are: 

  • Mood changes
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping 
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Elevated blood pressure 
  • Rapid or abnormal breathing 
  • Tremors or shakes 
  • Hyperthermia 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Seizures 

In severe cases, patients will experience delirium tremens which can cause life threatening symptoms 

Alcohol detox will last for varying lengths of time depending on your history with alcohol abuse and the severe withdrawal symptoms you may be experiencing. Alcohol detox will typically last between 7-10 days. Minor withdrawal symptoms will often occur within the first 8 hours since you last consumed alcohol. The more severe withdrawal symptoms will often occur within 10-72 hours after you last engaged in alcohol consumption. As time progresses in your alcohol detox program, your withdrawal symptoms will lessen to a mild or moderate level. 

What to Expect When Quitting Drinking

Treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal

At Serenity Oaks wellness centers, we offer detox programs that incorporate a variety of addiction therapies and withdrawal treatments that will support you in safely overcoming your alcohol addiction. Our team of medical professionals will monitor your progress within your detox programs and provide you with medical treatments if necessary including medically assisted treatment. Patients in medically assisted treatment programs will be offered FDA approved medications that will help to reduce the onset of severe withdrawal symptoms and maintain them to a mild or moderate level allowing you to remain comfortable and safe throughout your recovery journey. Alcohol detox will also include evidence based addiction therapies and holistic therapies that will support you in healing from the binds of alcohol addiction within your body, mind, and spirit. 

Treatment for Alcohol at Serenity Oaks

At Serenity Oaks treatment centers, we are dedicated to supporting our patients in discovering a new way of life in addiction recovery. Each person has their own unique history with substance abuse and deserves the right to have a treatment plan that is designed to meet your healing and addiction recovery needs and goals. We offer a variety of types of treatment that will be sure to foster personal growth, healing, and self discovery all while empowering you to leave your life of alcohol addiction behind you. Through our comprehensive addiction treatments methods, you will heal from your past of addiction while gaining the knowledge and tools for maintaining a life in addiction recovery. Contact Serenity Oaks today to begin your road to recovery through our individualized treatment plans. Get in touch with us today at (833) 720-0708.

Get Started at Serenity Oaks

At Serenity Oaks Wellness Center, we offer residential detox and addiction treatment with a wide range of modalities to address the needs of all our clients. Our high staff-to-client ratio ensures everyone that enters our facility gets the personal attention they need and deserve for a safe and successful detox process. To learn more about our program, contact Serenity Oaks Wellness Center today at 844-720-6847.
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