What is Alcohol Withdrawal?
Alcohol withdrawal is the process of when someone, who heavily drinks over a sustained period of time, reduces their alcohol intake and suffers physical and mental issues due to the reduction in alcohol. The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can vary, with some people suffering mild issues, whilst others can be more severe.
What Happens to Your Body When You Go Off Alcohol?
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms tend to happen after about 8 hours of not drinking. When you start to withdraw from alcohol, the symptoms are typically worse in the first 48 hours, however, these symptoms will improve over the coming 3-7 days
One of the common effects of alcohol withdrawal is that your sleeping pattern may become disturbed, you could wake up several times a night and have a decrease in quality of sleep. In addition, there could be shaking, sweating, hallucinations and in the most extreme of cases, seizures.
Psychologically, the impacts of alcohol withdrawal could include depression, restlessness and anxiety.
Throughout the detox process, it is critical that you eat regular meals and drink enough water. You should avoid caffeinated drinks, including tea and coffee, as this could lead to anxiety and sleep deprivation. Whilst you may suffer from short-term appetite loss, this should improve over time.
After a week of not drinking alcohol, your body begins to improve, as you may have better energy levels, concentration levels, a better quality of sleep and feel more awake when you wake up.
How Can Alcohol Home Treatment help?
Alcohol Home Treatment allows you to detox safely at home, rather than in a medical environment. This allows you to detox in a place where you feel comfortable but under medical supervision.
Alcohol Home Treatment provides a safe and effective method for people to reduce their alcohol intake by following the Sinclair Method. The method used reduces the ‘pleasure’ that is attached to drinking alcohol and uses medicinal drugs, called Naltrexone, which blocks the endorphins released when alcohol is consumed.
Furthermore, at Alcohol Home Treatment, we ensure that the home detox procedure is safe and provides guidance on whether the Sinclair Method is suitable before treatment starts.
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Alcohol Withdrawal FAQs
What medication is used to treat alcoholism?
There are 4 main medications which is used to treat alcoholism. The 4 are Acamprosate (prevents relapse in people who have completely stopped drinking alcohol), Disulfiram (creates unpleasant reactions if alcohol is drunk), Naltrexone (which prevents the endorphins being released when alcohol is drunk) and Nalmefene- which works similarly to Naltrexone but can have a more serious impact. Alcohol Home Treatment uses opioid receptor antagonists, mainly one called naltrexone (link to the Sinclair Method).
What drug inhibits drinking alcohol?
Disulfiram is often used to inhibit drinking and the immediate effect is that it causes hangover-like effects, such as headaches, sweating and thirst.
Can your body go into shock when you stop drinking?
The body can go into shock once someone drinks regularly over a prolonged period but suddenly stops. However, over time these symptoms reduce and at Alcohol Home Treatment, support will be given throughout the process
What can I do to help myself to stop drinking?
If you are unable to reduce your alcohol intake by yourself and would like to receive support, feel free to get in touch with Alcohol Home Treatment. We offer an around-the-clock service that supports you throughout and after your detox.