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How Long Does Withdrawal From Alcohol Take?

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Published: September 2, 2016

For those who suffer from severe alcoholism, withdrawal from alcohol is a frightening thought. Most alcoholics have experienced withdrawal symptoms to some extent at one time or another. If you have become physically dependent on alcohol, withdrawal symptoms are just one of the difficulties.

What Is Alcohol Withdrawal?

Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol are negative side effects that appear when someone who is physically addicted to alcohol stops drinking. When someone is addicted to alcohol, the body uses it simply to function normally. Therefore, if you cut the substance off, negative effects occur. These symptoms range from shakiness and headaches to hallucinations and seizures.

How Long Does Withdrawal From Alcohol Take?

There are three stages of alcohol withdrawal. It can take up to a few weeks to completely withdrawal from alcohol, but during that time, the individual will go through serious negative side effects and will be extremely uncomfortable and in pain. Without professional help, withdrawal can be extremely difficult and, in some cases, dangerous. If individuals who struggle with alcohol abuse can get into a professional treatment center such as Lakeview Health, they can lessen the withdrawal symptoms. This is done through a medically monitored detox program for men and women.

Typical Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

These are the typical withdrawal symptoms in their three stages. Stage One: 8 Hours After the Last Drink

  • Stomach pain and nausea
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Insomnia

Stage Two: 1–3 Days After the Last Drink

  • Odd heart rate
  • Raised body temperature
  • Confusion

Stage Three: 1 Week After the Last Drink

  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Stress and agitation
  • Hallucinations

Let Lakeview Health Help You Get Sober

You can avoid these painful and frightening withdrawal symptoms if you seek professional help. At Lakeview Health, we can help you stop drinking by putting you through one of our signature addiction treatment programs. We have medically monitored detox that can help get you physically off alcohol as an addictive substance, and our medical experts can even help you avoid experiencing the normal pain and discomfort that comes with withdrawal. In addition to medically monitored detox programs, we also offer extensive care through gender responsive residential treatment that focuses on the 12 steps. We offer dual diagnosis, programs in coping skills, family therapy, social resources, recreational therapies of various kinds, physical fitness and nutrition counseling and much more. Alcohol doesn’t have to control your life. To learn more about our program and get yourself started with alcohol detox, give Lakeview Health a call today at (866) 704-7692.

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