Alcohol is known to be one of the most difficult and dangerous substances to detox from. The withdrawal can be life-threatening if not medically supervised. Alcohol symptoms can rapidly worsen, so it is important that medical attention is sought, even if the symptoms seem to be mild. At Banyan, we help ensure that our clients have the safest possible environment for their alcohol detox.
What is Alcohol Dependence?
Alcohol dependency is when an individual finds it difficult to enjoy life or relax without having a drink. An alcohol dependent individual may worry constantly about where the next drink will come from, or has a compulsive need to drink and doesn’t have the ability to stop once they have started. Alcohol can interfere with neurotransmitters in an individual’s brain and cause feelings of anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts. The signs of alcohol withdrawal are commonly seen as shaking or sweating, these withdrawal symptoms would stop once alcohol gets back into the bloodstream.
Individuals who drink heavily tend to keep increasing the amount they drink because a tolerance is created to the alcohol. Tolerance is a physiological response that individuals have to most drugs. The more of the substance that is consumed, the more you must consume in order for it to have the same effect. Like many other substances, alcohol can be both physically and psychologically addicted.
What is Alcohol Withdrawal Like?
Withdrawal from alcohol can begin as early as two hours after the last drink, can persist for weeks, and range from mild anxiety and shakiness, to severe complications. Seizures and delirium tremens (also known as DTs, which are characterised by confusion, rapid heartbeat, and fever) are considered more of the severe complications from alcohol withdrawal, the death rate from DTs are estimated to range from 1-5% of cases. Death can happen during alcohol withdrawal, and this is one of the most important reasons why at Banyan we believe in medically supervised care during this trying time.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms within 6-12 hours of last consumption:
- Shaky hands
- Mild anxiety
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms between 12-24 hours after they stop drinking:
- Visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations-these usually end within 48 hours
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms between 24-48 hours after:
- Disorientation, confusion, and severe anxiety
- DTs (delirium tremens)
- Hallucinations (primarily visual) which cannot be distinguished from reality
- Profuse sweating
- High blood pressure
- Racing and irregular heartbeat
- Severe tremors
- Low-grade fever
- These usually peak at around 5 days
At Banyan Detox, we try our best to ensure that the withdrawals symptoms are addressed and patients are kept as comfortable as possible.
Alcohol Detox Options
At Banyan Treatment Center, our number one priority is the safety and comfort of our clients. We do our best to ensure that the withdrawals symptoms are addressed and patients are kept as comfortable as possible during our alcohol detox program. If you or someone that you know is struggling with alcohol abuse and dependency, we are here to help, please call us at 888-422-1651.