Alcohol Withdrawal and Seizures

Alcohol addiction is a powerful disease that impacts people physically and psychologically. The physical withdrawal symptoms can be especially challenging, and in many cases they are severe enough to keep a people from getting clean. Understanding the process of recovery can prepare you to overcome your alcoholism.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Alcoholism

Excessive alcohol consumption causes spikes in “feel good” chemicals in the brain. Over time the body will stop producing its own natural chemicals and will rely solely on alcohol to feel normal. If and when an alcoholic stops drinking, the brain and body will react harshly to the absence of these chemicals. Detox patients are likely to experience a range of intensely uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms include the following:

  • Tremors and shakes
  • Cold chills
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures
  • Heart palpitations

Depending on the length and intensity of the alcohol abuse these symptoms can last for anywhere from several days to more than a week. Because some of the symptoms can be life-threatening it is not recommended that people try to quit drinking without close medical attention. As the alcohol leaves the addict’s system, the body and brain are extremely vulnerable. Seizures are not uncommon and can even leave a person in a coma. Medically supervised detox allows doctors to monitor patients for their own safety. In some cases they are also able to relieve some of the harshest symptoms of withdrawal with medications.

Psychological Addiction to Alcohol

As difficult as withdrawal is, it is not the most challenging aspect of recovery. Many people have persevered through detox only to succumb to the powerful psychological addiction. Every trick the mind can play will be used against any attempt to remain clean and sober. In fact, the psychological underpinnings of alcoholism are actually far more powerful than the physical need to keep drinking. But, even these powerful cravings can be overcome with the right help.

Alcoholism Rehabilitation Help

Getting and staying clean from alcohol requires serious help. The most effective recovery programs develop comprehensive treatment plans for each individual patient. These plans include careful diagnosis of any co-occurring psychological disorders that may contribute to the disease or undermining recovery. They also include carefully crafted rehab schedules that help rewire the brain to pre-addiction status. This process is continued long after residential treatment through ongoing counseling, support group meetings and one-on-one sobriety coaching.

Overcome Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and Alcoholism

If you are struggling with alcohol addiction, or have experienced difficult withdrawal symptoms or seizures please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline any time. Our addiction specialists can answer any questions you may have and are eager to help you find the help you need. Seizures are a serious side effect. Don’t risk your physical or mental health by trying to detox on your own. We can connect you with the best treatment and even help you manage the logistics of recovery. If you are ready to put alcohol addiction behind you, we’re ready to help. Call today.