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Immediate Treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal

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Alcohol withdrawal can turn extremely dangerous––and even deadly––on a dime, which is why professional detox is absolutely necessary for anyone experiencing the symptoms associated with this syndrome. Call 800-662-8079 to find help for alcohol withdrawal in safe, reliable rehab settings as well as to learn more about how alcohol dependence should be treated.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and Finding Treatment

According to the National Library of Medicine, “Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually occur within 8 hours after the last drink, but can occur days later.” The minute you begin experiencing the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, it is important to find treatment right away. We can help you do so at 800-662-8079.

The common symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
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    Confusion or problems thinking clearly is a symptom of alcohol withdrawal.

  • Jumpiness
  • Tremors in the hands and other body parts
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares
  • Confusion or problems thinking clearly
  • Clammy skin
  • Headaches
  • Appetite loss
  • Sweating
  • Pallor
  • Nausea and vomiting

These symptoms are indicative of mild to moderate alcohol withdrawal, although they can still be very problematic and will require professional treatment. However, if you begin to experience the symptoms associated with severe withdrawal, called delirium tremens, you must call 911 immediately. These include:

  • Agitation
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Severe confusion
  • Seizures

These symptoms “may get worse quickly,” which is why hospitalization is absolutely necessary (NLM). It is best to check yourself into a detox program before you know you will begin experiencing these issues so you can receive treatment right away and avoid any dangerous consequences.

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Immediate Treatment of Alcohol Withdrawal

Mild to moderate forms of alcohol withdrawal are normally treated with sedative drugs that can ease the severity of one’s symptoms as well as counseling to make the transition into addiction treatment more gradual and to assess some of the issues associated with your alcohol abuse.

Outpatient settings are often beneficial for those experiencing milder symptoms of withdrawal, but if there is a chance your symptoms may worsen, it is much safer to start off in a residential setting.

The symptoms of delirium tremens are often treated differently than those associated with more mild forms of withdrawal.

  • You may be given medication that will sedate you completely until your withdrawal has ended.
  • You will also need to stay in bed and receive fluids through an IV.
  • You will not be able to attend outpatient care and will require 24-hour surveillance as well as the strict monitoring of your vitals to ensure that your condition does not worsen.
  • Counseling will usually be left until after the symptoms begin to subside because of their severity.

Eventually, in either case, you will begin to transition into regular addiction treatment similar to those used for other substances of abuse. The immediate treatment for alcohol withdrawal, though, focuses mainly on three goals:

  • Reducing the severity of your symptoms
  • Preventing relapse
  • Keeping you safe from harming yourself or others

Seek Alcohol Detox Treatment Now

You can begin your detox from alcohol abuse immediately by calling 800-662-8079 and finding a treatment center that fits your needs. Once your symptoms have subsided, you can begin your journey toward recovery and a life without substance abuse.

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