Withdrawal Is Hard
Alcohol withdrawal treatment first involves alcohol addiction. Alcohol addiction is characterized as a compulsive need for the sedative-hypnotic depressant drug ethanol or ethyl alcohol produced from the fermentation of a grain or fruit despite the negative consequences including psychological and physical damage. The addict will often times not understand why he or she cannot quit by using only willpower and commitment. Unfortunately, if the user is serious about quitting, it is never that simple.
When consumed over a long period of time, alcohol can lead to alcohol dependence. The withdrawal symptoms from alcohol are sometimes identical to the drugs in the class known as benzodiazepines and other barbiturates. Often times a benzodiazepine will be administered to an addict suffering from alcohol withdrawals for anywhere up to three days. However, proper medical supervision is imperative as cross-addiction is very common, and without it someone could just as easily become addicted to the benzodiazepine they were prescribed. Withdrawal symptoms including psychological and physical dependence from the chronic ingestion of alcohol over a period of time include:
- Increase in blood pressure, pulse and body temperature
- Insomnia, anxiety, irritability and restlessness
- Depression, fatigue, suicidal thoughts
- Seizures, hallucinations, psychotic behavior
As stated before it is important to seek the right medical supervision and alcohol rehab the reason being that unlike the withdrawal symptoms from other drugs, alcohol is one of the few drugs that infrequently can cause death.