When a person becomes addicted to alcohol and they want to quit taking in this substance each and every day, they will often experience a form of withdrawal for a short period of time. Since alcohol is such a powerful substance, there could be some severe physical reactions that the person withdrawing will experience, and these reactions can be very distressing for the individual experiencing them.
That’s why it’s best for a person who is going through withdrawal to introduce what is known as a cross-tolerant agent into their system. This will help alleviate the problems that they are experiencing due to the pain of not having any liquor in their system.
If you are addicted to alcoholic beverages and you want to learn more about some of the symptoms you might experience during withdrawal from alcohol then I shall take the time to explain some of them to you right now. The one thing I must stress to you right now is that everybody’s body is different, and what one person might experience could be totally different from what another person might experience, and you never know how it’s going to turn out until you actually live through it yourself.
Here’s a quick list of some of the symptoms an alcoholic may or may not experience when they haven’t had their “fix” in a while:
These are just some of the symptoms that a person might experience, and there are some other symptoms as well that will get discussed more in-depth in a different article dedicated to this topic. I just wanted to mention a few of them to you for now so you had a general idea of what to expect.
If you happen to be experiencing withdrawal or you know you are going to be going through this in the near future, then there are some specific treatment options available to you that you need to implement in order to be able to safely detoxify from alcohol as much as possible. The recommended treatment type by medical professionals is to take a specific type of drug that falls under the category called benzodiazepines.
Some of the drugs in this category that are used for withdrawing from alcohol are lorazepam, diazepam, haloperidol (which is a psychotic agent), topiramate carbamazepine (which is an anticonvulsant), donidine, vitamins, and barbiturates are all items that are categorized as necessary, for one reason or another, to help curb the pain.
It is generally recognized that benzodiazepines are extremely effective for the withdrawal of alcohol, as they are looked upon as very safe and they will really help minimize the symptoms. Chlordiazepoxide is also commonly used for the treatment of alcoholics, as well as diazepam.
The reason benzodiazepines are so effective is that they not only treat the symptoms that you may experience, but they also stop the delirium tremens (DTs), which happen a lot when a person has not had their daily drink.
The DTs are not very fun at all, because your body shakes uncontrollably and it is a very scary experience, so taking benzodiazepines is an excellent option because you really don’t want to experience the shakes like that if you don’t have to.
Haloperidol is also another option available to you for the treatment of alcohol abuse withdrawal. This is especially useful for individuals who happen to be dealing with psychosis at the time. The one minor caveat that is important to know is that this has the potential to make the effects worse because of the way the antipsychotic medications affect a person’s body during the withdrawal process.
I hope you found this article enlightening and understand alcohol withdrawal a bit better and some of the treatments that are available to you or one of your loved ones.