Causes of Alcohol Withdrawal
Alcohol has been a part of many major civilizations for 5,000 years or more. Today, alcohol can be found everywhere from intimate gatherings to major celebrations, and billions of people worldwide consume it. Alcohol is the intoxicating substance found in wine, liquor, and beer and is formed as a result of the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches. Although having a drink or two is generally not a problem, many people consume alcohol to the extent that it interferes with their health and their ability to function well in everyday life.
When a person drinks, alcohol causes feelings of relaxation and wellbeing, and these pleasurable feelings are one of the reasons that people return to alcohol use again and again. With continued drinking, a person develops a tolerance to alcohol, requiring him or her to drink greater quantities in order to feel the pleasurable “buzz” of intoxication. However, as a person drinks larger amounts, his or her body changes its internal chemistry to account for the now-frequent presence of alcohol.
Because the person’s body has altered its internal chemistry, a person who then stops drinking can experience a series of uncomfortable and even dangerous symptoms known as withdrawal. Withdrawal is the body’s response to the absence of a chemical (alcohol) that it was used to having. As a result, the person’s body can experience a form of shock as it readjusts to functioning without alcohol present.
Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can vary widely. Some withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable, while others can be outright dangerous and even life-threatening. Furthermore, the fastest way to alleviate the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal is to simply drink more alcohol. For these reasons, it is wise for a person who is attempting to overcome alcohol abuse to seek professional care at a rehab center.
Signs of Alcohol Withdrawal
There are a number of indicators that a person is experiencing alcohol withdrawal. These indicators can differ based on a person’s pattern of use, including frequency, duration, and intensity of use, as well as individual personality factors. However, given the fact that alcohol withdrawal can be so severe, it is wise to seek professional help at a rehab program if a person who has been abusing alcohol displays one or more of the following signs:
- Dilated pupils
- Drastic shifts in mood
- Feelings of anxiety
- Inability to sleep
- Depressed mood
- Clammy skin
- Feelings of fatigue
- Poor appetite
- Inability to think clearly
- Increased heart rate
Individuals who are displaying these signs after cessation of alcohol use are more likely than not in need of professional care at a rehab center for alcohol abuse.
Why Seek Treatment for Alcohol Addiction at our Rehab Centers in Newport Beach
If a person has been abusing alcohol, it is critical that he or she receive treatment and rehabilitation as soon as possible. Aside from the disastrous effects that alcohol addiction can have on a person’s career, finances, family, and relationships, alcohol can also wreak havoc on his or her body.
If left untreated, alcohol addiction can cause liver or kidney damage, cirrhosis, increased risk of cancer, stroke, seizures, memory problems, and secondary problems, such as injuries sustained during a drunk driving accident. Furthermore, alcohol overdose, also known as alcohol poisoning, can be fatal, and alcohol overdose becomes more likely as a person’s alcohol tolerance grows over time.
Fortunately, there are effective options for treatment and rehab that can help individuals with alcohol addiction to find freedom from compulsive alcohol abuse. At Sober Living by the Sea in Newport Beach, we have an extensive history of treating alcohol abuse & withdrawal and are happy to provide residential care that has enabled many men and women to overcome alcohol addiction and achieve long-term sobriety. If you or someone you love might benefit from the world-class care we provide, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our admissions team is happy to answer any questions you may have on your or your loved one’s journey to lifelong freedom from alcohol addiction.