Tips For Going Through Alcohol Withdrawal
If you are addicted to alcohol, the spectrum of symptoms associated with withdrawal range from acute irritation all the way up to a life-threatening illness. The severity of your symptoms is strongly linked to the severity of your addiction. Severe alcoholics can face a significant uphill battle in choosing to kick the bottle, including the risk of stroke and death.
Quitting is never easy - no matter where you fall in the spectrum of severity.
That’s why we’ve included a few tips that shall aid you in your path to sobriety.
Should I Seek Medical Attention?
Our #1 tip to kicking your alcohol addiction is to seek professional medical help. You can be triaged by one of our experienced admissions officers by calling 0800 500 3129 or 01923 804 139 if you are calling from a mobile.
Seeking medical advice is a must. There is too much danger at stake by choosing to self-medicate. The longer you have abused alcohol, the more danger you are exposed to upon withdrawal.
Your predicament is clear; if you keep drinking you are in danger or if you stop you put yourself in danger.
Confused? If so, you need to seek medical advice without delay.
It is possible that excessive alcohol intake has damaged your internal organs and so a full medical examination is a must. Coupled with the dangerous risk of dehydration and an insufficient intake of essential vitamins your decision to self-medicate is likely to fail before you even begin.
Due to your alcohol addiction, the intake of necessary vitamins and minerals is likely to have been neglected. Your body is probably in no state to undergo the harsh symptoms that withdrawal brings. Dehydration is also very common amongst our patients. Our #2 tip is to ensure you remain fully hydrated through the first 72 hours of cessation. Our residential rehabilitation package ensures you will receive 24-hour medical observation, ensuring your receive ample vitamin doses and enough fluids to fight off harsh symptoms such as seizures and hallucinations.
Inform Family Of Your Addition
There really is no need to suffer in silence. Making your family aware of your problem ensures you have committed to change. The support you can receive from loved ones could provide a source of assistance that may well save your life. Family support has been well known to prevent addicts derailment from their journey to sobriety and can provide safeguards that can sustain this in the future. Medical staff can only aid your journey to a certain extent. Having a loving family as a support network can provide the framework for lasting sobriety.
A Change in Lifestyle
Your drinking could well be linked to social activities you have embedded into your weekly routine. This could mean include watching the football in the pub, watching TV at home or participating in the local sports team. Try to alter your social habits so that you avoid activities synonymous with drinking. Perhaps you could instead go to the local leisure club and take up a sport with no ties to drinking. Maybe you could go to the cinema where the opportunity to purchase alcohol is reduced.