The Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal During Detox
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Withdrawal symptoms usually occur when a person suddenly stops exposing their body to a particular substance or chemical. In the case of alcoholism, it’s not uncommon for side effects to occur both during and after detoxing; although the severity of these events will differ depending on whether the dependent receives professional treatment, or goes cold turkey.
The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal during detox can vary from person to person, with those that have experienced longer durations of addiction being far more likely to experience more dangerous and potentially life threatening symptoms. There are three main factors that can affect the way in which symptoms manifest and these include:
- The age of the addict
- The severity of the addiction
- The type of substance in question
One thing that all addicts share in common is the potential to experience side effects when trying to rid themselves of their dependencies. As mentioned above they can differ in severity, but most can be categorised for ease of understanding. Although some symptoms can occur during particular stages of recovery others can be present throughout consumption, right up until recovery is achieved. The consistent ones are often related to emotional side effects, whereas those that can appear and disappear are often physical in nature.
They can appear as:
This common symptom can occur whenever an alcoholic’s body reacts to a lack of ethyl alcohol. Over time, it’s not uncommon for an individual to find that they develop a dependency on alcoholic substances and when sober, the bodies’ metabolism can struggle to function without it. This can often lead to nausea, with early symptoms occurring at the beginning of a detox when the toxins are first being removed from a sufferer’s body.
This symptom is one that many experts believe can occur both before, during and after treatment – and as it is emotional in nature, it can be a little trickier to deal with without professional care. Alcohol can take a toll on the emotional well-being of an addict and is considered a depressant within the medical industry. Those that crave alcoholic substances can find themselves becoming agitated. Individuals being exposed to detoxing treatments can also suffer as their bodies’ yearn for alcohol and unless freed from the addiction, these mood swings can occur into the future.
One of the most varied side effects that can occur when detoxing from alcoholism manifest as physical symptoms. These can include twitching (as the nervous system is able to function as intended without toxins being present), as well as side effects that can make themselves known externally. Skin rashes can develop during detoxing, but there’s also the potential for hair to fall from the head and other parts of the body. Fortunately once detoxed, the body will typically be able to recover fully and any hair loss can be rectified with regrowth.
In all events it can be far more beneficial to detox under the guidance of a medical expert, typically via an alcohol rehab centre; simply to ensure that the detoxification period is as productive and beneficial as possible.