The Stages of Alcoholism Withdrawal

North Carolina addiction treatment and detox programsAlcohol abuse leaves you physically dependent on the alcohol. Anytime alcohol is not consumed regularly during the dependency, withdrawal symptoms will be felt. Depending on the severity of the addiction, symptoms can range from mild to severe. This can also determine when symptoms show up. There are three stages of alcohol abuse withdrawal. If you're searching for affordable North Carolina addiction treatment and detox programs, call Freedom Detox for help.

The first stage of withdrawal happens when alcohol abuse is just beginning. Going without a drink for at least eight hours could result in unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. In this initial stage, tremors are the biggest symptom experienced. They can typically begin between eight and 12 hours after the last drink has been consumed. Tremors can worsen in situations where individuals feel angered, agitated, or anxious.

Other symptoms during this stage of withdrawal include:

  • Accelerated heartbeat
  • Clammy skin
  • Depression
  • Excess sweating
  • Headaches
  • Inability to focus
  • Irritation
  • Less energy
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Nightmares
  • No appetite
  • Pupil dilation
  • Restlessness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Trembling appendages
  • Vomiting

Depending on the severity of dependency, symptoms can last one to three days. However, there are cases where symptoms can last even longer. Working with a detox facility will help you deal with withdrawal symptoms through medically monitored treatment.

The second stage of alcohol withdrawal is more severe than the first. During this phase, you’ll have more symptoms that happen more quickly. This stage comes with prolonged alcohol abuse. Heavy drinkers will usually begin to have high blood pressure spikes and, at times, hallucinations. The hallucinations can happen anywhere between 12 and 24 hours after the last drink is consumed. Other symptoms that can occur are:

  • Muscle rigidity
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Respiratory disruptions
  • Jaw clenching
  • Teeth clenching
  • Biting the cheek or tongue uncontrollably

Stage three of alcohol abuse will cause the following symptoms when you stop consuming alcohol:

  • Confusion
  • Hallucination
  • Inability to focus
  • Fever
  • Pupil dilation
  • Sweating

The third stage of alcohol abuse can be fatal. If alcohol detox wasn’t a serious option before, it should be now. Without detox and professional medical treatment from our detox center, respiratory and cardiovascular issues can occur.

The third stage of withdrawal can last between three and four days. During this time, individuals can experience a number of symptoms that we’ve mentioned in the first and second stages. In addition, after drinking ceases for as long as two weeks, delirium tremens, also called DTs are experienced and can be fatal and dangerous:

  • Change in heart rhythm
  • Confusion
  • Deep sleep state
  • Delirium
  • Disorientation
  • Fearful
  • Grand mal seizures
  • Light sensitivity
  • Touch sensitivity
  • Unusually excited

Alcohol abusers are unhealthy for several reasons. The main reason is because the body is unable to absorb the vitamins and minerals it needs to sustain nutrition. Among others, alcohol abuse can cause a severe deficiency in zinc, phosphate, magnesium, thiamine, and folate.

As abuse progresses, alcohol will take a toll on the body in many different ways. Severe deficiency of vitamins and minerals is one of the final stages of alcohol abuse.

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