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Common Signs of Alcohol Withdrawals

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Millions of Americans struggle with alcohol use disorder. Alcohol use has become normalized in society, so much so that people can often develop a dependency without even noticing it. When a person is addicted to alcohol, cutting down on alcohol use is often the first step to quitting. However, doing so may trigger alcohol withdrawals, the symptoms of which can be dangerous or even life-threatening. A safer choice is to enter an alcohol detox and rehab facility that can monitor for these dangerous symptoms and provide medical intervention at a moment’s notice.

If you or a loved one is experiencing alcohol withdrawal, going back to alcohol use is not the answer. Northpoint Colorado offers an alcohol detox and rehab program to help you get sober. Getting professional help is a safer alternative to detoxing alone at home. Contact us at 970.579.4569 for support on your journey to recovery. We have an integrated, holistic approach to treating substance use disorders. Our addiction specialists will focus on not only your physical symptoms but any underlying mental health conditions that may be the root cause of the addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

When a person becomes dependent on alcohol, they may experience painful and stressful withdrawal symptoms once they stop using it. These symptoms are normal and expected for those who quit drinking alcohol abruptly after weeks, months, or even years of alcohol abuse. Some of the most common symptoms may include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Intense or overwhelming cravings
  • Anger or erratic behavior
  • Tremors
  • Headaches

Alcohol Withdrawal Complications

Most people will experience mild to moderate symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. However, some will experience many more severe and possibly life-threatening symptoms or complications. The first of these dangerous symptoms is seizures. Many people going through alcohol withdrawal will experience very powerful grand mal seizures that require immediate medical attention. When left unattended, a person undergoing a grand mal seizure may be at risk of injuring themselves, which is one reason why detox at home is not advisable.

The second of these dangerous symptoms is delirium tremens (DTs). People who experience delirium tremens are also prone to having seizures. Other effects of delirium tremens include:

  • High fever
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Excessive sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors

Delirium tremens is considered a severe medical condition and, when left untreated, may result in death.

Alcohol Detox at Northpoint Colorado

Northpoint Colorado offers a range of comprehensive treatment programs to help people safely detox from alcohol. Our treatments give patients the support they need to get through withdrawal while lessening the effects of symptoms and minimizing the chances of complications.

Our residential alcohol detox and rehab program provides around-the-clock care and monitoring. We keep a close eye on each patient’s hydration and nutrition, as these are two areas that can quickly become unbalanced when going through withdrawals. We also offer medically-assisted detox to help patients feel better faster while avoiding the worst of the withdrawal symptoms.

The next step after detox is rehab, where therapists will work with the patient to address the underlying causes of alcohol addiction and educate the patient on making healthier choices for the future. The goal isn’t to simply treat withdrawal symptoms but to give each patient the best chance for long-term recovery.

Choose Alcohol Detox and Rehab at Northpoint Colorado

The friendly and compassionate staff at Northpoint Colorado are ready to help you get through withdrawal as safely and comfortably as possible. Our integrated approach to individualized care and one-on-one instruction has helped families throughout Colorado recover from alcohol addiction. The residential programs offer state-of-the-art techniques and treatment modalities, private rooms, and an on-site gym. There is an option for almost anyone, so long as you choose to take the first step and reach out for help.

If you’re interested in alcohol detox and rehab for yourself or someone you care about, get in touch with us at 970.579.4569.