What goes up must come down. This adage plainly represents the state of withdrawing from alcohol. To be an alcoholic is like being in a dream state. There is no denying that waking from it is going to be unpleasant. Alcohol withdrawal is what a person goes through when their body has become dependent on alcohol and then alcohol is eliminated. There is nothing enjoyable about it. Not only will you be forced to take inventory of the ways alcohol has damaged your life, but you will be experiencing unpleasant physical symptoms that can range anywhere from headaches and lethargy to full blown seizures. The worse the alcoholism, the worse the withdrawal symptoms, which give you an accurate understanding of the toxicity level within your body.
Withdrawal symptoms can be minor or they can be serious, depending on how severe the alcoholism is. A person who is only mildly or moderately addicted will experience symptoms such as sweats, headaches, restlessness, difficulty sleeping and nausea. A person who is a severe alcoholic will endure harder symptoms, such as tremors, flu like symptoms and in extreme cases, even seizures and unconsciousness. There are documented cases of people dying due to severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Because these symptoms can pose a health threat to the recovering addict, it is highly recommended by medical and mental health professionals to undergo a medically supervised detoxification when quitting any kind of substance abuse addiction.
The length of time it takes to withdraw from alcohol depends largely on the individual’s personal biochemistry and on the severity of the alcoholism. Generally speaking, the worse the alcoholism, the worse the withdrawal symptoms. Everyone’s body chemistry is different, and some people have deteriorated worse than others due to their alcohol addiction. Their withdrawal symptoms will tend to be worse than others. The average length of withdrawal is a few weeks, but can be as fast as several days or as long as several months.