Stopping Drinking Safely: Understanding the Detox Process
If you decide to stop drinking, it is important to remember that it will take some time for your body to physically wean itself away from alcohol. This is because over time, the central nervous system adjusts to the depressive effects of alcohol, which causes the brain to ramp up its response in order for the body to stay functional. In the absence of alcohol, this altered state causes a range of physical responses that make up what we know as withdrawal.
How Long Does it Take to Detox from Alcohol?
For people who have a moderate dependency on alcohol, the first 24 hours of sobriety may be uncomfortable as their bodies detoxify, but after three days generally people begin to feel better. Most people will have completely recovered from the physical symptoms of withdrawal after a month, and are beginning to notice their health returning at this time.
For heavier drinkers, symptoms of withdrawal may be more severe and require medically-supervised detox. Like for moderate drinkers, these symptoms will begin within 24 hours of stopping alcohol use, but generally continue for a longer period of time.
Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal
Symptoms of withdrawal can differ based on the severity of the body’s dependency on alcohol, as well as what stage of withdrawal you are in. Generally, symptoms can occur as follows:
- 6 hours after your last drink: Symptoms during this period can feel a lot like a hangover, and may include things like a headache, nausea, sweating, vomiting, shaky hands, anxiety, and insomnia.
- 12-48 hours after your last drink: During this time, more serious problems can develop, including seizures and hallucinations.
- 48-72 hours after your last drink: A small percentage of people will experience deliriums tremens, or DTs, a severe symptom of withdrawal marked by delusions and lifelike hallucinations. This can be accompanied by heavy sweating, fever, elevated blood pressure, confusion, and a racing heartbeat.
If you are unsure of how your body will react to quitting drinking, consider reaching out to an addiction specialist to talk through different detox options and get a sense of what the first phase of recovery may involve.
Starting a Healthy Recovery at The Dawn
The Dawn Wellness Centre and Rehab Thailand offers the ideal opportunity to remove yourself from your triggers by choosing to go to rehab abroad, which is especially beneficial for people serious about overcoming addiction issues. Our highly-effective addiction programme is designed to help you get to the root of your addiction and develop healthy, lifelong coping skills. The Dawn takes a holistic approach to addressing mental health and addiction issues, using proven psychotherapeutic methods together with wellness practices to strengthen the mind and body.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment and Alcohol Detox in Thailand
Located on a peaceful riverside in Chiang Mai, Thailand, The Dawn offers a comprehensive yet affordable alcohol addiction and alcohol detox Thailand programme. Our 24-hour onsite professional nursing team will carefully monitor the client throughout this process under the supervision of our psychiatrist, who will prescribe medication as necessary to ease withdrawal symptoms. In emergencies, clients will immediately be admitted to the hospital, and will return to The Dawn as soon as their condition has improved.
The Dawn is the only Thailand rehab to be internationally accredited by the American Accreditation Commission International (AACI), and nationally licensed by the Thai Ministry of Health.
If you’re interested in living a longer, healthier life, call The Dawn today to learn more about how we can help you successfully quit drinking.