If you’ve decided to leave your bad habits, first off good on you! Today, we wanted to provide you with some information on some withdrawal symptoms you will probably face on your way to complete sobriety.
Withdrawal symptoms are physical and mental side-effects which come after the absence of a particular drug or addictive substance. This can happen to anyone who suddenly cut off the intake of anything which usually alters their natural state like nicotine, caffeine, pharmaceutical products, and alcohol.
For a recovering alcoholic, here are some of the more common withdrawal symptoms that can hit you:
When someone has been imbibing a lot of alcohol through an extended period of time, the abuse starts to take a toll on their mental faculties. When alcohol has been stopped from entering your system, you may feel the effects through mental confusion.
This is because your body is trying to regain much of its old functions—this includes your brain. Old neurons that have not been active or have been damaged are now trying to function like normal.
Nausea and Vomiting
This is one of the more common symptoms of withdrawal symptoms. The duration can last from around a week to a month or two—it all depends on your physical state. When you are exhibiting these symptoms, it would be prudent for you to always replenish your body’s fluids with water.
Try to avoid any food that may aggravate your stomach or your throat on its way out. Most recovering alcoholics spend this duration of time in a hospital with a dextrose drip to keep their body’s hydration levels in safe regions.
Auditory and Visual Hallucinations
From a personal standpoint, this is the most frightening symptom that goes with the withdrawal phase. Auditory and visual hallucinations start at around six hours after the last drink and can last for quite a while.
Anyone who is trying to achieve sobriety on their own must take careful note of this period of time. We fully advise that you stay within a safe environment, along with people that you can trust to guard you. If you do not have anyone, we fully suggest that you obtain professional help in order to avoid doing harm to yourself and others.
If you have been rather consistent in your intake of alcohol, you need to know that your withdrawal symptoms may be more severe than you expect them to be. If you have been a long time alcoholic, you may want to consider going to a hospital so that doctors may be able to assist you with the gravity or severity of your withdrawal symptoms.
What withdrawal symptoms have you felt during your journey toward sobriety?