Alcohol Withdrawal Timelines

What You Need to Know About Alcohol Withdrawal

Although the New Jersey drug epidemic is affecting many people throughout the state, we often forget that alcohol is also a problem. In places like Ocean County, there were almost 2,000 people who entered addiction treatment for an addiction to alcohol. One of the reasons alcoholism often goes unnoticed is because it’s a perfectly legal substance, and it’s readily available at stores, bars and other venues. The reality is that alcohol is an addictive substance that can ruin lives if the person is struggling with an addiction, but withdrawal is one reason many people don’t try to quit.

How Alcoholism Starts to Develop

People start drinking for many different reasons, and it’s pretty typical for people to begin drinking before they’re of legal drinking age. Many people start to experiment with alcohol during their teen years at parties, and it can really ramp up when people are in their early 20s. Alcohol is used as a social lubricant that can help people cut loose and have a good time. The problems begin to arise when a person starts to use alcohol as a way to deal with the difficulties of everyday life. 

The disease of alcoholism can be slow and subtle, but before a person realizes it, they lose the power of choice when it comes to drinking. A person may start drinking daily because of the stresses of their job, or maybe they’re dealing with relationship issues, so they drink as a way to cope. There are also those who are struggling with underlying symptoms of mental illness like anxiety, depression or trauma, so they turn to alcohol as a way to self-medicate. Because the signs and symptoms can be so subtle, here are some factors to look for:

  • You find it difficult to limit the number of drinks you have

  • You’re regularly thinking about when you’re going to be able to drink again

  • You start to experience symptoms of withdrawal when you’re not drinking

Understanding the Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline

Alcohol withdrawal happens when your body has become dependent on alcohol, and without help, withdrawal can be extremely dangerous. The most minor symptoms of alcohol withdrawal come in the form of a hangover, and these symptoms can start within eight hours of your last drink. Within those first eight to 24 hours, you may experience anxiety, nausea, insomnia and some abdominal pain. For those who have a full dependence on alcohol, in the next one to three days, blood pressure starts to elevate as well as your body temperature because the body has difficulty functioning without the substance. 

Although the first few days have the worst-feeling symptoms, withdrawal becomes more dangerous over the next week. During that first week, you’re at risk of hallucinations as well as possible seizures and heart failure. This is why you need to seek the help of a qualified detox facility if you’re trying to quit drinking. With the help of medical professionals who specialize in alcohol detox, you can stop drinking safely and begin your recovery journey.

Treatment Starts with Detox

Enlightened Solutions is a drug and alcohol detox in New Jersey that serves people in Atlantic County, Camden County, Middlesex County, and other parts of the state. Our goal is to help people come off of alcohol safely while also learning how to live a new life that doesn’t involve drinking or using drugs. Enlightened Solutions has a medical staff that provides both medicinal and holistic forms of detox to help you create a strong foundation for your recovery. To learn more about our program, call us today at 833-233-7336.

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