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Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline

If you or a loved one is looking forward to a happier future free from alcoholism, you may be worried about what the alcoholic will experience when they quit drinking. Alcohol withdrawal causes both physical and emotional symptoms that can prove uncomfortable to the alcoholic. Understanding the average alcohol withdrawal timeline can help prepare you or your loved one for what’s ahead. To safely and quickly get through withdrawal, join the Elevate Addiction Service addiction rehabilitation center.

Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline

For the first approximately two weeks of alcohol withdrawal, the alcoholic will experience physical symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • Paleness
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Nausea
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headaches
  • Appetite loss
  • Shakiness
  • Seizures
  • Nervousness

The addict may feel these symptoms right away or they may not feel them for several days. After approximately two weeks, the physical symptoms of withdrawal will become less severe and the addict will shift largely into emotional symptoms, such as:

  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness

Emotional symptoms last far longer during the alcohol withdrawal duration than the physical symptoms. Alcoholics should expect the entire withdrawal process to take between six months and two years—unless they sign up for Elevate Addiction Service alcohol rehabilitation treatment.

To overview, you can expect the timeline of typical alcohol withdrawal without intensive treatment to be reminiscent of this timeline:

  • Days 0-2: Cravings for alcohol, but no noticeable withdrawal symptoms. May begin withdrawal symptoms right away.
  • Days 2-14: The worst of the physical withdrawal symptoms. Cravings continue.
  • Days 14-182 (or up to 730): The worst of the emotional withdrawal symptoms. Cravings diminish but may continue.

Alcohol Withdrawal Duration

The typical alcohol withdrawal length lasts between six months and two years. The duration of withdrawal depends largely on the individual’s unique body chemistry. Other factors include how long the addict drank before withdrawal and how much the addict drank before withdrawal.

At Elevate Addiction Service, our goal is to help the alcoholic get through withdrawal safely and as quickly as possible. Our patients graduate after only three to six months. We ask our patients to undergo a sauna treatment that helps the alcoholic sweat out the toxins that alcohol leaves within the body. Our medication-free rehabilitation treatment program focuses on allowing the addict to put withdrawal behind them so that they can concentrate on rebuilding their life as soon as possible.

Shortening the Alcohol Withdrawal Length

The most effective way to shorten the duration of alcohol withdrawal is not to introduce a new addiction. In other words, don’t resort to taking prescription medication to make the alcohol withdrawal process less uncomfortable. After all, medication only helps sometimes—and medication itself can cause withdrawal and chemical dependence.

The Elevate Addiction Service alcohol treatment center shortens the alcohol withdrawal timeline considerably. With a proven sauna regimen and a healthy diet and exercise program, our patients sweat away the chemicals at a faster pace. Our average treatment lasts between three and six months, but only some of that time is necessary to get the addict through withdrawal.

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