Orange County Medically Supported Alcohol Detox Center
There are two phases of alcohol withdrawal. The first begins within hours of cutting yourself off and may last for several days. Symptoms may include:
- Feelings of anxiety
- Heart failure
The second phase of withdrawal involves more long-term symptoms, such as:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Restlessness and irritability
- Diminished appetite
Although it is rare, the most serious alcohol withdrawal symptom is delirium tremens. This is a symptom that causes sudden changes in a person’s mental state and nervous system. Delirium tremens affects less than five percent of people who quit drinking, and usually only to people who do not undergo detoxification in a medical facility.
Treating Withdrawal Symptoms
There are several medications that can help you manage alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These medications are safe to take in small doses when monitored by a medical professional. They include benzodiazepines, naltrexone, and acamprosate, to name just a few.