Alcohol is one of the most widely accepted drugs known today. It has been reported that more than 80% of people in the U.S. over 18 have consumed alcohol at least once, and nearly 55% have consumed alcohol within the last several weeks. With such prevalence in society, it’s no wonder that alcoholism is one of the most common types of addictions, leading many to eventually seek an alcohol detox program or other treatment methods.
At Liberty Bay Recovery, we understand the common types of addictions and are very familiar with alcohol withdrawal symptoms. We have developed programs and services to help you or a loved one begin the long road of addiction recovery. To learn more, reach out to one of our addiction specialists by calling 855.607.8758.
What Happens During Alcohol Withdrawal?
When most people think of withdrawal symptoms from a substance, alcohol generally isn’t the first substance to come to mind. However, quitting alcohol after using it regularly can cause significant withdrawal symptoms because your body has become accustomed to the presence of the substance. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can occur after only a few months of dependency and can even affect moderate to heavy drinkers as well as alcoholics.
Most heavy drinkers and alcoholics have a key factor in common: they usually drink to relax or ease anxiety. Alcohol can help with stress and nervousness because it amplifies the neurotransmitters in your brain responsible for feelings of happiness and calm. The longer you’re dependent on alcohol to boost those positive feelings, the more difficult it is for your body to support the effects of these neurotransmitters on their own, meaning you’ll have to drink more and more to achieve the same level of satisfaction.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
When you stop drinking regularly, your body will continue to overproduce anxious feelings and underproduce calm and happy feelings for a while as it readjusts to the new normal. This is why many recovering alcoholics will experience increased anxiety, shakiness, restlessness, and similar feelings of discomfort.
Some people in addiction recovery will even experience severely high blood pressure, seizures, and tremors. However, these alcohol withdrawal symptoms are more commonly seen in those that were dependent for many years.
Those mentioned above are the most baseline symptoms that recovering alcoholics or moderate to heavy drinkers can expect based on long-term alcohol dependency’s physiological effects. However, there are many more known alcohol withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Mood changes
- Insomnia or nightmares
- Hot flashes
- Brain fog
- Nausea or loss of appetite
Any one of these symptoms could be attributed to an abrupt change in alcohol consumption habits. The staff at any high-quality facility, whether it’s a hospital or inpatient detox facility, will be able to pinpoint these symptoms and connect them to alcohol withdrawal, especially when multiple symptoms are seen in tandem. We offer the following programs at Liberty Bay:
Addiction Recovery: Life After Alcohol Dependency
If your dependency on alcohol ranges from mild to moderate (less than eight drinks per week), you can likely see great success managing your withdrawal from home or with the help of an outpatient program. However, if your withdrawal symptoms are severe or you feel that they might be severe, you should place your addiction recovery care in the hands of a capable facility.
Liberty Bay Recovery Center offers various residential and outpatient programs to our community in Portland, Maine. With multiple specialized therapies, a supportive community, and exceptional amenities, Liberty Bay Recovery is the place to begin your journey to sobriety. Call 855.607.8758 to speak to a representative and learn more about Liberty Bay Recovery Center.