Alcohol withdrawal occurs when a person who is addicted to alcohol (suffering from alcoholism) does not consume alcohol at the frequency they have become accustomed to. Withdrawal is the reaction that the body and mind have when a person stops drinking. It can happen unintentionally when a person finds themselves unable to drink, or as a result of an effort to detox.
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Withdrawal is predominantly caused by the physical addiction, or chemical dependence, that a person develops as a result of frequent and prolonged alcohol abuse. Alcohol enters the body and gets into the bloodstream almost immediately. Once there, it begins to send signals to the brain to perform certain actions and block others.
This includes the release of dopamine, a chemical responsible for feelings of pleasure and contentment. If a person only drinks occasionally and in small amounts, there are few effects on normal brain functions. However, with frequent and prolonged alcohol abuse, the chemistry of the brain is affected so that it is unable to produce dopamine without the chemical signal from alcohol.
Every person with an addiction experiences withdrawal in one form or another. However, withdrawal can vary a great deal between individual addicts. And to make matters more complicated, if a person goes through withdrawal on more than one occasion, their experiences each time can be vastly different.
Withdrawal typically lasts just over 72 hours, with the peak of the symptoms occurring between 24 and 72 hours after a person’s last drink. However, minor and residual withdrawals can last far longer, for several weeks at least, and may sporadically recur later down the line.
Withdrawal can have numerous symptoms, some relatively minor (though they do not feel minor) and others major and potentially medically dangerous without monitoring and treatment. Some of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include:
Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and occur without warning. Medical treatment is recommended for addicts who want to stop drinking. Having a proper medical detox can prevent long-term organ damage and psychological trauma that can occur during severe withdrawal.
Residential treatment is the best option for addiction. Residential treatment programs offer addicts a chance to completely devote their time and attention to healing from substance abuse. Medical detox, talk therapy, and other recovery treatments are offered. Additional therapies are also available, including restorative yoga, art therapy, and music therapy to address all aspects of healing and recovery.
Residential programs often last for at least 90 days, up to 180 days, allowing for total focus on recovery without the risk of relapse. This method is the most effective for addicts who wish to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety.