Do you or does someone you know suffer from alcohol addiction?
Is alcohol causing you problems at work, home or school?
If alcohol addiction is causing problems in your life and alcohol withdrawal is preventing you from effectively remaining abstinent from alcohol use when you try to quit, it may be time to seek professional help! Alcohol withdrawal is the primary factor that causes most addicts to continue down their path of alcohol consumption and continued destruction.
Unfortunately, alcohol withdrawals can make quitting very difficult. Drinkers who decide to take the plunge and attempt to quit drinking “cold turkey” are likely to experience a number of physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms that range from moderately annoying to potentially life-threatening. The severity of the symptoms that an alcoholic will fee depends on how chemically dependent they are on the alcohol. Severe physical dependence typically translates to severe withdrawal whereas mild dependence often translates to a lesser case of withdrawal symptoms.
Treatment is Available!
The most important thing to consider for anyone who is addicted to alcohol is that there is help! Treatment for alcohol withdrawal and the psychological elements of the alcohol addiction can help you feel better and take back control of your life. A number of different methods of treatment including both residential and outpatient care have been found to help those who are addicted to alcohol to overcome physical dependence and to get back on track to sober living.
Typically, people who are only mildly dependent on alcohol can seek outpatient treatment and will not suffer any major consequential withdrawal symptoms during alcohol detox. Vitamins, healthy meals, exercise and rest can all assist in the detoxification process making alcohol withdrawal a little bit easier for those who are not heavily dependent on the substance and choose to take part in outpatient care. It’s a good idea to have the guidance of a doctor or medical professional and the support of family and friends during this difficult time.
For moderate to severe addiction, residential withdrawal treatment is often a necessary step to ensure the safety of the recovering addict. Often times, Valium, Diazepam or Lorezapam as well as Clonidine and beta-blocking medications will be prescribed to aid in the treatment of moderate to severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Ideally, the addict will seek professional treatment in a residential detox facility if he or she is heavily dependent on alcohol as there are potential health risks associated with alcohol withdrawal for those who are severely dependent on alcohol.
You Are Not Alone!
Most importantly, you don’t have to try to go though alcohol withdrawal alone and it doesn’t necessarily pay to “tough it out.” There is help available and your decision to take advantage of the treatment that is being offered to you can reduce your risk of relapse, prevent adverse health complications from occurring and ensure your absolute safety during this difficult time.