Alcohol addiction can be tough to overcome and the road to recovery will depend on how long and how heavily you have been drinking. When you make the decision to get sober, it’s important that you do so safely. Some people are able to give up cold turkey without a problem, whereas others are at significant risk of severe withdrawal symptoms and will require medical assistance with recovery. Before giving up alcohol, always seek medical advice.

115049041Withdrawal symptoms

Most people giving up alcohol will feel the following symptoms:

  • shaking
  • sweating
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • lack of concentration
  • trouble sleeping
  • increased blood pressure
  • elevated heart rate
  • anxiety
  • diarrhoea and stomach cramps

The following more severe symptoms will require immediate medical attention:

  • hallucinations
  • seizures
  • fever
  • heavy vomiting
  • disorientation
  • extreme agitation

After looking closely at your alcohol problems, a GP and local drugs team will recommend the best form of alcohol rehab treatment for your situation, ensuring you are able to get sober safely. This may involve inpatient or outpatient detoxification and strictly supervised medication.

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