Alcohol addiction is one of the most common forms of addiction in the world, with places like the USA, UK and parts of Europe really suffering at present as people made their way through the pandemic turning to the substance.
A staggering 5.3% of all deaths around the world are attributed to problems with alcohol, and more and more people now are in a position where they need treatment.
The safest and most effective place to get that help is through alcohol treatment clinics. There are thousands across the world, and likely one very close to your home. Help really is on the doorstep.
The first part of that treatment is withdrawal, which in itself is the most daunting and scary, predominantly for the “cold turkey” side effects. But what are the main symptoms suffered during alcohol withdrawal?
The Most Common Symptoms and Side Effects
There are some that virtually every person will suffer when withdrawing from alcohol. These typically include:
- Vomiting and nausea
- Fluctuating temperature
As well as this, there are other symptoms which you’ll also find occur alongside your addiction, such as quite volatile mood swings, higher levels of anxiety and irritability, as well as quite vivid dreams while sleeping.
Naturally, one of the biggest symptoms while in withdrawal is also cravings. If going through a home detox, it’s incredibly important to keep alcohol out of the home during the process.
The More Severe Symptoms and Side Effects
There can also be more severe side effects and symptoms, which is why it can be important to go through withdrawal in a controlled and monitored environment, such as a rehabilitation centre. If home detoxing, it’s important to have a support network as medical help may be required.
Among the more severe symptoms with alcohol withdrawal include:
- Severe confusion and disorientation
- High blood pressure
These symptoms are associated with delirium tremens which is a much more severe form of withdrawal and they will occur alongside the more common side effects noted above. This will see you become incredibly agitated and be very volatile in terms of mood swings, which can even put others in danger in some instances. Hence, why it’s so, so important to get the professional help you need when it comes to getting treatment for addiction.