Alcohol Withdrawal – Signs and Symptoms
The US National Library of Medicine reports that depending on the severity of the AUD, alcohol withdrawal symptoms typically take hold within the first 8 hours after the last drink. These symptoms peak within the first one to three days, but they can last for weeks if not effectively, professionally treated.
Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal typically include:
- Extreme anxiety, nervousness and panic attacks
- Depression, which can lead to suicidal ideation if not treated
- Tiredness and fatigue, which is often coupled with insomnia/an inability to sleep
- Irritability/mood swings
- Shakiness and body tremors
- The inability to think clearly/confusion
- Persistent nightmares
- A complete loss of appetite
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Rapid heart rate
All of the above-listed symptoms can be treated in a medical detox facility like Pine Tree Recovery Center, and they do not prove to be life-threatening. However, if an individual has been abusing alcohol for an extended period of time, he or she is liable to experience a severe form of withdrawal known as delirium tremens.
Symptoms of delirium tremens include:
- Extreme agitation
- A high-grade fever
- Auditory and visual hallucinations
- Severe confusion
These symptoms can be life-threatening when not constantly overseen and treated as they arise. At Pine Tree Recovery Center our team of medical professionals and prescribing physicians is equipped to treat all symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal, no matter how severe they might be.
Since long-term recovery is the goal, we do everything we can to establish a strong foundation early on. When a client completes our Alcohol Detox Program and is ready to transition into the next appropriate level of treatment, they can build upon the progress they’ve made at Pine Tree Recovery Center, reclaiming their lives and their ability to function and succeed independently.