Anxiety Increased heart rate Elevated blood pressure Sensory hypersensitivity Nausea and vomiting Loss of appetite Sweating Hallucinations Irritability Agitation Depression Drug cravings Seizures Psychosis Tremors Insomnia Delirium Tremens Memory loss.
As well as medication and nutritional supplements, withdrawal symptoms can be managed with relaxation techniques such as mindfulness and meditation.
The vast majority of people receiving an alcohol detoxification programme will suffer from a co-morbidity such as a vitamin B deficiency. It’s thus recommended clients receive Thiamine (Pabrinex®) to reduce the risk of Wernicke’s encephalopathy.
Doctors will use medication during your detox only where necessary and only when it is safe to do so. You can rest assured that pharmacological interventions are utilised when the benefits outweigh the risks.
In a detox facility, a gradual reduction may also be followed, but it is likely that the dose will be reduced on a daily basis over the course of a couple of weeks, with any withdrawal symptoms effectively managed with medication and psychological interventions.
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