Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome is the technical name for the symptoms of withdrawal suffered when detoxing from alcohol. During the holidays, alcoholism can be made apparent in different ways. Some will be unable to control their drinking, making the symptoms of their alcoholism apparent. Others will make a valiant effort to control their drinking by choosing to abstain. Attempting to hide their alcoholism from family members, or prove accusing family members wrong, they will commit to not drinking during family events, get togethers, or vacations, often quitting cold turkey. Depending on the severity of the alcoholism, they could experience alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Stopping the intake of alcohol entirely is not the only requirement for alcohol withdrawal syndrome. If a loved one is drinking more than they let on, and only drinks one drink a day, the sudden drop in alcohol intake can trigger symptoms of withdrawal. Their problem with alcohol will be made quite obvious when they start to detox within hours of their last drink.
Your loved one might show signs of anxiety or paranoia which is unusual from their nature. They might inquire about which family events will have alcohol or how long the event will run. They are likely anxious to get back to their room and take a small amount of alcohol to calm their nerves. Alcoholism takes over the normal emotional functioning of the brain, including the area of the brain responsible for survival. Without alcohol, the brain begins to panic and believe that it will not be able to survive. Anxiety is a common symptom of alcohol withdrawal. Other signs and symptoms can include:
- Increased Heart Rate
- Sleep Disturbances
- Confusion or Difficulty Focusing
- High Blood Pressure
In an extreme case, your loved one might display signs of delirium tremens, the worst form of alcohol withdrawal. Signs of delirium tremens include hallucinations, fever, seizures, severe agitation, confusion, and irritability, sweating, and sensations of one’s skin crawling or bugs under the skin.
If you or a loved one are in need of treatment for alcoholism, call Refuge Recovery today. We offer medically assisted detox and a continuum of care including residential inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and transitional living services. For more information, call 323-207-0276