Don’t Be Afraid of Facing Withdrawal Symptoms
If you have you ever wanted to quit abusing alcohol but were afraid to begin the process because you were terrified that the withdrawal symptoms would be too severe, then you are definitely not alone.
There is no doubt about it; alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly severe, and in some cases even fatal. If you are an every day drinker, a heavy drinker or a frequent binge drinker, then suddenly quitting the consumption of alcohol could very well lead to a variety of unpleasant physical and mental symptoms otherwise collectively known as alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Most People Welcome a Bit of Help
The essential factor in successfully quitting alcohol while avoiding the worst of the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms is asking for professional help. If you have reached the point where you know that it is in your best interest to stop drinking, begin by seeking help or advice from your family doctor, primary healthcare provider or a substance abuse detox facility like Gladstones Clinic.
There are clinically proven methods and medical treatments that a qualified physician can provide you with that will stop or reduce most of the symptoms you would normally experience if you quit cold turkey. Gladstones provides a fully medically supervised alcohol detox program that can involve a short course of supportive medication to assist you through the initial stage of your recovery.
Benzodiazepines (tranquilizers) can be carefully administered to mitigate the worst symptoms of withdrawal, like the shakes, and are also a main factor in preventing and treating Delerium Tremens, or (DTs). Serious long-term addicts may also be prescribed beta-blockers to reduce their heart rate, and anti-seizure medications in case they do go into the DTs.
If you have experienced severe withdrawal symptoms in the past, the best advice is to check yourself into a professional, registered Alcohol Detox facility. Detox programs involve short-term (usually less than seven days) inpatient treatment during which specially trained professionals monitor your withdrawal closely and administer medications as needed.
One advantage of an “In-Patient Supervised Detox” facility is that you will be securely isolated from all of your usual drinking triggers and therefore be less likely to pick up a drink to banish the symptoms the moment they begin and things start getting tough. The other main advantage is that your detox will be medically supervised and your health monitored for safety. And no, you do not have to be falling-down drunk or at below rock bottom to check into detox. People check themselves in voluntarily every day for a variety of reasons.
The Bottom Line
If you have decided that you need to quit drinking, don’t let alcohol withdrawal symptoms scare you away from acting on your decision. There are accepted medications and treatments available that can help you to get through those crucial first days of no alcohol consumption. You don’t have to do it on your own and it doesn’t have to be a living nightmare to get through.