Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) occurs when a heavy drinker either dramatically reduces their alcohol intake or stops driving alcohol completely. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can come with serious symptoms. Depending on the amount of alcohol being consumed regularly, it might be in the drinker’s best interest to wean off of the addictive substance of medically trained supervision.

What are the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?

The following symptoms can begin as soon as six hours after the last drink and late as a few days after the last drink:

  • nightmares
  • irritability
  • sweating
  • tremors
  • anxiety
  • nausea
  • headache
  • vomiting
  • increased heart rate
  • confusion
  • insomnia
  • high blood pressure

In extreme cases of AWS, which is knowing as delirium tremens (DT), the following symptoms can occur:

  • fever
  • seizure(s)
  • extreme confusion
  • extreme agitation
  • tactile hallucinations
  • auditory hallucinations
  • visual hallucinations

The symptoms of DT listed above should not be ignored. If you experience any of the previously listed symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

What are the symptoms of drug withdrawal?

Everything will be okay. Woman supporting her boyfriend through drug withdrawal.

Resisting drug cravings amidst the intense experience of withdrawal symptoms can be the biggest roadblock to an addict’s recovery.

One or all of the following symptoms can occur following excessive or prolonged drug use:

  • lack of appetite
  • increased appetite
  • increased sensitivity to pain
  • flu-like symptoms, such as weakness, body aches, and headaches
  • sweating and hot flashes
  • irritability
  • emotional instability, anxiety, and depression
  • restlessness or insomnia

Finding ways to manage the symptoms of drug withdrawal or checking into an experienced detox facility will help the body to healthily reset and restore from drug abuse.

To learn more about the signs of alcohol withdrawal and drug withdrawal and how to cope with them in your life, please reach out to our team at United Recovery Project.