Many people desperately want to stop drinking but are understandably concerned about the withdrawal symptoms they’ll experience when they quit. We take a look at how withdrawals work, the effects they can have on the recovery process and alternative solutions for withdrawing safely and comfortably so you can make a full, sustainable recovery from alcohol addiction.
Tolerance Building, Dependency and Addiction
If you’re a heavy drinker, chances are you’ve built up an alcohol tolerance. That is, your body responds differently to alcohol than it used to, and it takes you more to get drunk. Chances are, you’re drinking more as a result. And this can escalate into alcohol dependence – a state in which your brain and body have become so physically accustomed to alcohol that you’ll experience withdrawals if you suddenly stop.
It’s worth noting that dependence and addiction are not the same thing. Dependence is a physical process, while addiction is a far more entrenched behavioral phenomenon that has its roots deep in your psyche, emotions and spirit. Addiction is usually a symptom of an underlying issue such as unresolved trauma or a co-occurring mental health condition.
Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is a set of symptoms that can result from quitting alcohol cold-turkey. These can range from mild to severe, varying from person to person depending on their level of use. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may include:
High blood pressure
Confusion or hallucinations
Sleep disruption and bad dreams
Do Not Try Alcohol Detox on Your Own
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are highly unpleasant, and can be life-threatening on the more severe end. Aside from being outright dangerous, the discomfort involved increases the risk of relapse when carried out in an unsupported environment – which is why it’s always recommended to seek professional help for alcohol detox. A qualified addiction expert can help you come up with a plan to safely, effectively and sustainably quit drinking.
A variety of dietary, physical and psychological therapies are available to help you clear your body of toxins and step into sobriety in an intentional, supported way.
Alternative Alcohol Addiction Treatment Leads to Lasting Recovery
At The Sanctuary, our non-12-Step alcohol rehab program is designed to help you identify the root causes of your addiction, whether it’s trauma, depression or anxiety. Our team of highly skilled therapists has extensive experience in nutrition, bodywork, acupuncture, herbalism, Energy Medicine, Functional Medicine, psychology and psychiatry. Together, they’ll create an integrated, holistic approach to addressing your dependencies, creating a fundamental shift that can transform your addiction into the healing journey of a lifetime.
Read more about holistic methods for getting sober from alcohol in our article, The Non-12-Step Option: Boost Your Chances of Success With an Alternative Approach to Alcohol Addiction Treatment.
To learn how we can help you make a complete and lasting recovery, call us at (877) 710-3385 or email us at [email protected] today.