Many people try to stop drinking on their own with no professional or social support, which can be incredibly dangerous. About 50% of alcohol-dependent people experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking. For individuals with polysubstance abuse problems, the risk of severe withdrawal becomes even higher.
Dangerous Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
In general, alcohol withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant — irritability, insomnia, tremors, and headaches. Some symptoms, though, can be dangerous.
Nausea and vomiting are common withdrawal symptoms, especially when individuals have a polysubstance abuse problem. If you can’t keep food and, more important, fluids down, you may become dehydrated. This can lead to changes in the brain and body, such as confusion and cardiac arrhythmia. If you have severe nausea and vomiting, you should have medical supervision in case you need IV fluids.
Seizures are another dangerous withdrawal symptom. During the convulsions, you may fall out of your bed or chair or slam into a piece of furniture. In a medical detox facility, a medical professional can administer medications to stop the seizures and allow you to rest comfortably.
Perhaps the most serious of alcohol withdrawal symptoms is delirium tremens, also known as the DTs. Symptoms include confusion, agitation, hallucinations, uncontrollable bursts of energy, mood swings, restlessness, heightened sensitivity, irregular heart rhythms and high fever.
Having a dual diagnosis can complicate these symptoms. For instance, someone with bipolar disorder may have even more extreme mood swings than usual.
Medical professionals treat DTs by managing each symptom. This may include administering medication to calm restlessness or applying cool cloths to lower fever.
Polysubstance Abuse and Treatment
If you have a polysubstance abuse problem, the staff at Melrose Recovery Group can help. We provide detox to help you get alcohol and other substances out of your system. The goals of our detox program are to provide a safe and comfortable place for you to withdraw and prepare for ongoing treatment.
After detox, we offer inpatient treatment including:
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Physical fitness therapy
- Nutrition therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Other evidence-based therapies
Our substance abuse treatments encourage you to believe in yourself and in your ability to turn your life around.
The Importance of Detox
Many people who drink heavily and abuse other substances think that they don’t need help—all they have to do is have the willpower to stop drinking or using. They’re unprepared for the unpleasant, and sometimes dangerous, reality of withdrawal symptoms.
When these symptoms start, you may panic and go back to drinking or using. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can get the help you need to stop using in a supervised detox program. Addiction doesn’t have to control your life. Call Melrose Recovery Group at 866-271-3438 today to discuss our alcohol addiction treatment program. We can help you get started on the path to health and sobriety.