Alcohol abuse is very dangerous because it causes long term changes to the brain and body that make it difficult to stop using alcohol. In addition to needing therapy to overcome the difficulties that may have lead a person to using alcohol, an alcohol addict also will need medical help during the detox stage. If an addict stops using alcohol suddenly, they may experience withdrawal symptoms bad enough to be deadly. Therefore, it is very important for a person with an alcohol abuse problem to receive medical monitoring and assistance from one of the many detox centers in Florida during the detox and withdrawal stages. Alcohol detox symptoms can last up to a week after a person stops using alcohol, and these five symptoms are signs that a person is going through withdrawal.
Abnormal Heart Rates
This is often the very first sign of alcohol withdrawal, and a rapid or faltering heart rate is accompanied by many other symptoms. Patients often start to tremble or shake slightly, and they may begin to sweat excessively. The rapid pulse and fast blood pressure is often accompanied by a queasy stomach, nausea, or vomiting. All of these symptoms can start happening as early as 5 hours after an addict has had their last alcoholic beverage, and they may last up to two days.
People who are alcoholics are regularly suppressing certain brain chemicals that promote energy, excitement, and anxiety. When the effects of alcohol are suddenly lost, an addict undergoes a process called brain hyperexcitability. This means that their brain rebounds by suddenly becoming hypersensitive to all these chemicals. This causes feelings of agitation, anxiety, irritability, and nervousness, and many people detoxing are unable to sleep. These issues start just 8 hours after an addict has their last drink, and they gradually peak over time, lasting up to 3 days.
Between 12 to 24 after quitting alcohol, patients can have brief hallucinations, but they will normally be aware that these hallucinations are not actually real at first. However, over time the hallucinations will become more and more vivid. Patients may hear, feel, or see unreal occurrences that seem incredibly vivid and detailed. Hallucinations can last up to 2 days after an addict has their last drink. These basic hallucinations are very common during withdrawal, but they are not the same as the hallucinations that accompany delirium tremens which is the most severe type of withdrawal.
Seizures happen within 24 hours of stopping alcohol consumption, and experts in alcohol detox in Florida report that the risk of seizures continues for up to a few weeks after the detox begins. Normally, detox seizures happen as either a single prolonged seizure or several mini seizures clustered together. The risk of seizures is higher for patients who have undergone addiction and detox before. Treatment with anticonvulsant medications can help to reduce the risk of a seizures.
Delirium tremens (DT) is a far more problematic type of alcohol detox that only happens to about 5 percent of alcoholics. This is a medical state that happens when people withdraw from various drugs. They become extremely confused and disoriented, and paranoid or aggression may occur. Unlike basic withdrawal hallucinations, patients often cannot distinguish the hallucinations from reality. Though hallucinations are not actually physically damaging, patients may unintentionally harm themselves while being confused by hallucinations. Other DT symptoms, like the high fever, extreme heart rate, and rapid shaking can physically damage the body, so it has about a 15 percent mortality rate. DT normally happens about three days after a person’s last drink, and it can last up to a week.