Alcohol Withdrawal: Symptoms, Treatment and Alcohol Detox
If you drink alcohol heavily for weeks, months, or years, you may have both mental and physical problems when you stop or seriously cut back on how much you drink. This is called alcohol withdrawal. Symptoms can range from mild to serious.
What is Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome?
Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS) are symptoms that occur when someone who has been drinking heavily suddenly stops drinking or reduces the amount of alcohol they consume daily.
Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal could be physical or emotional, and range from mild (anxiety and shakiness) to severe including seizures and delirium tremens (DTs). Below are a few of the symptoms you can expect if you are experiencing alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
If you have the following withdrawal symptoms, It is time to visit the closest emergency room.
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Fatigue or sleepiness
- Irritability and agitation
- Mood swings
- Excitement and restlessness
- Nightmares and hallucinations
- Muddled thinking
- Clammy skin and sweating
- Headache or seizures
- Insomnia and delirium
- Loss of appetite
- Sensitivity to light, sound or touch
- Nausea and vomiting
Emergency Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment – Visit Nearby 24-Hour Emergency Room
Alcohol addiction is a life threatening condition that may require immediate medical intervention, depending on severity.
Like other life-threatening illnesses including addiction to heroin, cocaine, marijuana or other drugs that could result in withdrawal, alcohol withdrawal may require a visit to a nearby emergency room or detox center.
Most people suffering from alcoholism believe they can quit on their own but ultimately find it difficult to do so. Experts believe that it is difficult to quit drinking without the help of medical intervention.
When to Visit Nearby ER visit for Alcoholism
Alcohol consumption can lead to alcohol poisoning. This happens when someone drinks too much too fast. It is comparable to the effects of other drug overdoses, and just as dangerous to your health. Alcohol poisoning requires immediate medical care.
Drinking too much alcohol too fast can affect breathing, heart rate, body temperature and gag reflex. It can also lead to coma and death.
Delirium Tremens (DTs)
Delirium Tremens is defined as a severe form of alcohol withdrawal. It involves sudden and severe mental or nervous system changes.
Delirium Tremens occurs when someone suddenly stops drinking after a period of heavy drinking. The condition is exacerbated if the person failed to eat enough food while heavy drinking. It is common among those who have a history of alcohol withdrawal but it could also occur as a result of head injuries, infections or other illnesses in individuals with alcohol abuse issues.
Nearby Emergency Alcohol Detoxification ER
For serious drinkers, alcohol withdrawal can begin two hours after their last drink and could last for weeks. For others, the first sign may appear approximately 12 hours after they stop drinking.
Cocaine, Opioids and Heroin Withdrawal
Like alcohol, cocaine, opioids and heroin withdrawal may be physically intense and have their own set of challenges.
Cocaine, Opioid and Heroin withdrawal is mostly psychological but because of their highly addictive nature, users of these drugs tend to have relapses. Medical experts believe that “kicking the drug habit” is one of the toughest things to do without medical intervention.
Symptoms of Cocaine, Opioids and Heroin withdrawal include:
- Slowed activity or unusual fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Slowed thinking
- Lack of sexual desire or arousal
- Suicidal thoughts
- Inability to feel pleasure
- Nightmares or bad dreams
- Increased cravings for drugs
- Depression or anxiety
- Chills, tremors, aches and nerve pains
If you are experiencing withdrawal from Cocaine, Heroin, Alcohol, Opioids or other drugs, 24-hour emergency rooms may be able to help you get your life back. Drug or alcohol detoxification, or detox for short, may involve inpatient or outpatient treatments depending on diagnosis from a medical professional.
ER of Texas has nearby emergency rooms in Texas cities, and we have nine locations in the DFW area including Highland Village, Little Elm, Frisco, Hurst, Colleyville, Hillcrest, Sherman, Uptown, and Mansfield.
Our board-certified ER physicians are available to quickly diagnose alcohol withdrawal issues and recommend necessary detoxification steps.