Alcohol has short and long-term effects on multiple parts of your body, including:
Heart � Cardiomyopathy, Irregular Heartbeat, Stroke, High Blood Pressure Liver � Fatty Liver, Hepatitis, Fibrosis, Cirrhosis Pancreas � Inflammation, Swelling Immune System � Weakened, Prone to Pneumonia and Tuberculosis
Alcohol also increases your risk of developing cancers in the mouth, esophagus, throat, liver and breast.
Medical detox in Alcohol Recovery
Alcohol withdrawal side effects start approximately 6 to 24 hours after your last drink. The severity of your side effects are dependent on multiple factors, including:
Length and amount of alcohol consumed Medical history Co-occurring disorders Family history Past and current trauma
During this first stage of alcohol addiction treatment detox most patients will experience mild to moderate symptoms, including:
Anxiety Trouble sleeping Stomach pain Vomiting Loss of appetite Tiredness Physical tremors Depression Trouble thinking clearly Mood swings Heart palpitations
The second stage of withdrawal usually occurs in 24 to 72 hours and some patients will experience moderate to severe symptoms, including:
Elevated blood pressure Higher body temperature Increased rate of breathing Irregular heartbeat Confusion Sweating Irritability Increased mood swings
The third stage of withdrawal may occur suddenly 24 to 72 hours after your last drink. While few (3-5%) patients will experience these symptoms they are the most serious form of withdrawal symptoms. Known as delirium tremens or DTs these include:
Hallucinating Fever Seizures Severe confusion Agitation
There are three FDA approved medications for helping alcohol-related cravings:
Naltrexone: Reduces cravings and potential rewards from drinking. Acamprosate: Helps with long-term withdrawal symptoms. Disulfiram: Makes drinking undesirable by causing sickness when drinking.
Why Professional Alcohol Addiction Treatment is Important
The symptoms of withdrawal occur suddenly and can intensify quickly. Quitting cold-turkey, without support, can be dangerous, and rarely results in extended success.
Clinically proven treatments are designed to help you with protracted withdrawal, the emotional symptoms, and cravings you experience once the physical symptoms of withdrawal from detox recede.
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