Detoxing From Alcohol — What to Expect and How to Make It Easier

Detoxing From Alcohol — What to Expect and How to Make It Easier

Detoxing From Alcohol — What to Expect and How to Make It Easier

If you are trying to quit drinking, congratulations! Although some who struggle with drinking are able to quit alone, others find it difficult. It also can be dangerous to quit on your own, depending on how much and how often you drink. By getting professional help, you can experience an easier recovery with better-managed detox symptoms.

How Long Does Alcohol Detox Take?

The short answer is the more you drink, the longer it takes. A person who drinks too much on one occasion might find that alcohol withdrawal lasts one to two days. If you suffer from addiction, the physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms can last for several days and even weeks. On an emotional level, unassisted recovery can take years.Though the physical effects of alcohol will eventually fade, the damage addiction does to relationships can last much longer. This is why in the recovery process, it is just as important to treat the underlying causes of the addiction, and to seek emotional support.

What Does Alcohol Withdrawal Feel Like?

Serious alcohol withdrawal has numerous physical and emotional symptoms. Physically, you may experience vomiting, nausea, and other digestive problems. Shakiness, difficulty thinking clearly, and anxiety all persist alongside cravings to drink alcohol. Insomnia and disturbed sleep are also common symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms can last for days.

In the most intense cases, delirium tremens, seizures, and hallucinations may occur. These symptoms can be life-threatening, which is why you should never quit cold turkey without help. Supervised detox can help keep the recovering individual safe during the process.

Why Does Alcohol Withdrawal Occur?

Alcohol is a powerful psychoactive substance. It can cause profound chemical changes in your brain, especially if you have abused it over a long period of time.

As a central nervous system depressant, it can reprogram your brain to need alcohol in order to relax and feel good.  As dependence and addiction develop, the brain learns that it cannot function normally without the assistance of the substance being abused. When you stop drinking, your brain starts managing those functions again and gets overexcited.

How Can Alcohol Withdrawal Be More Comfortable?

Professional detox and rehabilitation can reduce or eliminate detox symptoms. At Clarity Way, you will receive around-the-clock detox medical care to ensure you are safe and comfortable. Professional rehab can also provide a long-term plan to address future cravings and deal with the depressive symptoms that sometimes occur after an active addiction ends.


Although you can choose to go it alone, that can be dangerous. Not only does unassisted withdrawal more often result in relapse, it can also cause life-threatening symptoms. In a supervised recovery facility, you’ll learn how to manage symptoms, cravings and tools to repair the relationships addiction has damaged.


If you are drinking too much alcohol, and you have tried to quit before, Clarity Way may be able to help. Call us now for help.

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Posted on October 9th, 2014 in Blog

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