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Withdrawal From Drugs – Alcohol Treatment

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and even deadly. Alcoholics will be very shaky and nauseous when they stop drinking after long binges. They can have headaches and be very depressed. They will have difficulty thinking clearly and have rapid emotional changes.  They will be very fatigued and anxious. They will also be very nervous and jumpy. Alcoholics are probably one of the most common types of addicts in society today. Most people have somebody in their family or know of someone who struggles with alcohol addiction. Sadly it is not recognized enough as a problem. It seems we all have that “quirky” aunt who gets way too tipsy at family gatherings. This could be a sign of something way more serious. It could be uncomfortable for many people to be around family especially on holidays, and drinking too much can be a defense mechanism. People do not feel like it is their place to tell someone else that they might have a problem and when confronted, the alcoholic can become extremely defensive and even violent. This can cause many people to say, “Oh well, I tried.” And not realize that the alcoholic is truly not in control and not themselves.

The truth is if you want to help an alcoholic overcome their addiction, you have to be very aggressive because their addiction is aggressive. Not only can an alcohol addiction lead to death, but it can cause a great degree of havoc to be in people’s lives. Many alcoholics start drinking when they already have responsibilities and obligations. They may be able to be functioning at first, but sure enough, their lives and the people who depend on them will start to suffer. We have all heard the term “Functioning alcoholic”, but this is a term that is debatable. Even if a person is making it to work and to pick the kids up or whatever else they may have scheduled for the day, they are not functioning as the best person they can be, and no doubt their will be negative, if not catastrophic, results from doing these types of things while intoxicated.

Maybe people feel like it is too hard to stop this vicious cycle, due to it’s intense nature and the low success rates of programs and organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous. People feel like it is not their place to get involved in other people’s personal lives. They assume that if the person wanted to stop, they would, so why waste your time and energy on trying to make them change.  The truth is they are completely taken over by alcohol and need serious help before something tragic happens. If you know someone who you think drinks too much, try to recognize if they have the alcohol withdrawal symptoms, because it will help you determine how dependant they are on alcohol.

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