When someone is addicted to alcohol or suffers from alcoholism, they will usually consume large amounts of alcohol at any one time, which may be as often as every day.
As a result, individuals may develop not only a mental but also a physical dependence on alcohol, in which their mind and, in this instance, their body will desire and eventually need alcohol to operate.
As a result, when someone seeks alcoholism treatment and begins to reduce or eliminate their alcohol consumption, they may experience AWS, also known as alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
Because alcoholism is a disease that affects the way people perceive and respond to alcohol, it’s important to recognize it. AWS may also pose significant health hazards to users, ranging from nausea to death in the most severe instances.
That is why someone seeking alcoholism treatment must be treated and monitored by a qualified medical professional. Alcohol addicts may suffer the following symptoms when their alcohol consumption is decreased or stopped completely:
Those in recovery during the early phases of AWS have experienced episodes of vomiting and severe headaches as their bodies respond to the absence of alcohol. Even though they are not life-threatening, they may be very inconvenient for the recuperating patient.
Users have reported feeling dizzy, nauseated, and disoriented as they go through therapy. Furthermore, they may get extremely nervous and worked up about the tiniest of things.
Sweats are a frequent sign of AWS. People frequently attribute this to the alcohol’s toxins leaving the body during treatment, but it is the body’s method of dealing with the often dramatic changes that are occurring. Although this is not a life-threatening condition, it should be closely watched and the patient maintained hydrated at all times to prevent additional problems.
Blood pressure/heart rate
Patients’ heart rates and blood pressure have skyrocketed as their bodies adjust to the lack of alcohol. This may endanger the patient. Although this varies depending on the severity of the addiction, it should be closely monitored because heart rates and blood pressures have been known to spike unexpectedly.
Most of these symptoms will go away in a day or two, but they are often the most difficult for the patient in recovery to get through. Keep in mind that they are putting their body through a drastic lifestyle change, and it will not be easy for them, their body, or their mind to adjust right away.
In addition to the symptoms listed above, there are some more extreme symptoms to be aware of, which, while rare, can occur in patients who have had a long-term alcohol addiction.
Because of the way alcohol interacts with the body, addicts often develop a physical dependency. When the supply of alcohol is suddenly cut off, the body is unsure what to do, and some users have experienced seizures similar to those seen in epilepsy patients. These are not permanent and will fade over time, but they can be dangerous to the patient when they occur because they can cause injury to themselves or others if not handled properly.
Again, this symptom has only been reported in the most extreme cases, but those with severe AWS may experience hallucinations.
Patients may have hallucinations that include not just seeing or hearing things that aren’t there, but also experiencing hallucinations in which patients describe burning or itching sensations for no apparent cause.
Similar to seizures, the risk of injury to the patient or others is greatly reduced if they are observed and kept in a safe and secure environment.
The sad reality is that for severe alcoholics, death is a very real possibility when they enter recovery and experience AWS. The main theory is that the body goes into an extreme state of shock as a result of the drastic changes it is undergoing, and that the patient dies as a result of the shock. However, alcohol addiction is what put them in this situation in the first place.
However, this is very uncommon, with just a few instances ever being recorded.