If you have never experienced alcohol withdrawal in the past, then this might be a very difficult experience for you to go through when you first begin this process. There are going to be some very specific things that you will feel when you do begin the process of withdrawal, and it’s a good idea to read this article because I will fill you in on all of the things that might happen so you are prepared for it.
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Preparation is very important when it comes to something like alcohol withdrawal, because all kinds of crazy things might potentially happen to you, and if you don’t expect them then it can be a very frightening experience. While I am not going to try and sugarcoat this, you will probably be frightened of it anyway when withdrawal happens, but at least you will know and expect certain things to take place which will make it a lot easier for you to deal with it.
That’s at least the way I feel about this situation, and I’ve personally gone through alcohol withdrawal on numerous occasions in the past before I finally sobered up for good. And knowing these various symptoms helped me handle withdrawal a lot easier, so I recommend you learn this too and it should make the withdrawal process just a little bit easier.
What Kind of Physical Symptoms Am I Going to Experience When I Go through Alcohol Withdrawal?
There are definitely some very specific physical symptoms that a person will certainly experience when they first undergo alcohol withdrawal. That’s why I wanted to take a few minutes of my time to explain the symptoms to you right now, so you can get a good grasp of what they are. So let’s do that at this point in time.
Clammy skin – your body is going to begin detoxing from all of the alcohol that you have been consuming over the years, and it is going to start flushing all of it out of your system. One of the side effects that often happens when detox begins is a person’s skin will very much become clammy. This is a normal experience, although it’s not a very fun experience. So realize this and do not fear the clammy skin that you will feel.
Headaches – many people often experience a lot of headaches when they first begin withdrawing from alcohol. This is also a very normal experience for people to go through, and if you work with a qualified medical professional they should be able to provide you with some type of medication that will help alleviate these headaches as the withdrawal is going on.
Vomiting and nausea – your stomach probably has not been without alcohol in it for a really long time if you are a hard-core alcoholic experiencing withdrawal symptoms. So you can expect to feel a little bit nauseous when you take away the alcohol that your stomach is used to having.
Obviously, vomiting is not a very fun thing to experience, and neither is an upset stomach. But it’s something that you’re going to have to go through for a few days, or possibly a few weeks, so please get used to this fact and learn to live with it for just a little while.
Rapid heartbeat and heart rate – unfortunately, one of the most scary things that people often experience when they withdraw from alcohol is a rapid heart rate or a rapid heartbeat. This can often freak people out a little bit because they think they are either having a heart attack, or something is going very wrong with their heart.
This is a normal thing, although it’s not very healthy and I’m not going to try and convince you otherwise, but it is to be expected and you’ll be able to get through it while it is happening. I do recommend that you have medical attention on hand, by either being in a rehab or a detox center, because certain complications can always arise during withdrawal and it’s good to have a qualified medical staff available to give you any help that you might need.
Enlarged and/or dilated pupils – it’s very common for a person’s pupils to becoming enlarged or dilated when they are going through alcohol withdrawal. This really isn’t a major deal as far as nasty withdrawal symptoms are concerned, but I wanted to point it out to you in case you have a look at yourself in the mirror and you wonder why your pupils are so dilated. I don’t want you to become afraid because you look in your eyes and they seem like they are off. This could happen to anybody going through withdrawal symptoms, and it very well may happen to you so please be prepared for it.
Sweating – when your body begins to flush alcohol out of its system, one of the ways that it does that is through your pores. That’s why you can get clammy skin like I mentioned earlier, and it’s also one of the major reasons why people begin to heavily sweat while alcohol detox is taking place. This is another one of those situations where you are going to be a bit uncomfortable while this is happening, but it’s important to the detox process and this is how your body properly functions when it’s getting rid of harmful chemicals that do not belong there.
So expect sweating to happen, and deal with being uncomfortable during this whole situation, but realize that the sweating is eventually going to dissipate and stop altogether. This is not something you are going to have to live with for the rest of your life, just temporarily.
Tremors – this is one of the worst things to go through when experiencing alcohol withdrawal. Every time that I have detoxed from alcohol, and unfortunately it has been a lot over the 21 years that I was a heavy drinker, the tremors were the one symptom that scared me the most. It’s just one of those things that you cannot get used to, because your body begins to shake uncontrollably and you know that it’s not supposed to happen that way.
It does wear off eventually, but I’m not going to lie to you, it is a very scary experience and you’re not going to enjoy going through it if it happens to you. So please be prepared for potentially experiencing tremors and shaking of your extremities. That is just one of the things that happens to our nerves when we take the alcohol away from our system, and there is a really strong possibility that it will happen to you if you’ve been drinking heavily for a long time.
These are the main physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms that I really wanted to bring to your attention. There are also other psychological symptoms that people will experience, but these are the symptoms that really scare people the most, so you need to be aware of them before they begin happening. I’m going to touch on the psychological symptoms of alcohol withdrawal in another article right now. So please check out some of the other articles on this website to learn more information about alcohol withdrawal in all of its many different aspects.