Withdrawal from alcohol can be spiritually, mentally and physically taxing. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are not something that should be taken lightly.
In fact, alcohol is one of the few substances where stopping cold turkey could be deadly. That’s why it is always recommended to detox in a facility where you can be monitored.
However, we know that’s not always possible, that’s why we’ve put together a list of things to help you through your withdrawal symptoms and what you need to look out for.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
The first things you’ll notice are going to be fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and in most cases vomiting.
It’s because of this that you want to make sure to stay hydrated. Drink lots of fluids with electrolytes, if you get dehydrated those symptoms will get worse.
Juice, popsicles, and broth can also be a big help when it comes to staying hydrated and settling your stomach.
You might not feel like it, but it is an important step to keeping yourself healthy and comfortable during this process.
Write Yourself a Letter
Alcohol withdrawal is hard on your body and mind. One of the things you can do is write yourself a letter to help remind you exactly why you are doing this.
Keep it in a place nearby so when the going gets tough and you feel like you might give up, you can reread it. It can also be helpful to read it out loud, saying and hearing your reasons can be very powerful.
Create a Your Own Momento Box
This serves a very similar purpose as the letter. Make yourself a little box that has some meaningful trinkets in it. Fill it with stuff that is going to keep you grounded and make you happy.
Add something in it that will remind you why you’re getting sober and all of the things you have to look forward to once this dreadful stage is over.
Keeping yourself in good mental health during this process is just as important as your physical health.
Press Fast forward on Your Daydreams
As you are going through alcohol withdrawal you are going to often daydream about other things. Sometimes you are going to daydream about having a drink.
It might feel like it would give you some relief, but you can’t let yourself think like that. Try fast forwarding that daydream to the morning after, the hangover, the guilt and the possibility that you did something hurtful during your blackout.
Drinking might bring you temporary relief but think about all of the aftermath.
Eat Healthy Foods and lots of Fruits and Vegetables
When you get your appetite back and you feel like you can eat again, it’s important to fuel your body with healthy foods.
Eating a healthy balanced diet can help boost your immune system back up and give you some energy.
We know it might be tempting to eat greasy burgers and fries, at this stage that might be the only thing that sounds good, but that’s not what your body needs. Eating right can help to lessen some of the alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Learn to Meditate
Deep breathing and meditation can help keep your mind balanced. You might even find that it’s the most relaxed you are all day
It can get hard to remember exactly why you started your road to recovery, meditating can help you keep your focus.
Get Plenty of Exercise
Odds are you won’t feel like doing anything while you are withdrawing but getting up and exercising can do a whole world of good.
Exercising releases endorphins that give you a natural boost of happiness.
Going for a run or lighting weights can also help clear your mind. It’s also a great way to break up your day and focus on something else for a while.
When you get done with your workout you’ll feel refreshed and recharged. Slowly you will start to feel stronger physically and mentally.
Lean into the Pain
This might seem counterproductive, but in most cases, numbing the pain is what got you in the predicament in the first place. It’s not easy but letting yourself feel it can help you overcome your addiction.
By feeling the pain and moving forward you are taking a stand against your addiction. You can learn from your past and make sure you don’t bring it into your future.
Don’t face Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Alone
This is as much of a safety precaution as it is for your mental health. Like we pointed out before, alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous. Having someone there to keep an eye on you could save your life.
Having a family member or friend there can help if you have a seizure and can’t call 911 yourself or if you aren’t doing as well as you think you are.
On top of that, the more support you have during this process the better it is for you. You should try to make a visiting schedule so you can be sure that someone is always there for you.
Get Medical Assistance if You Need it
Once you start your alcohol withdrawals, you might go into shock. The severity of your withdrawals depends a lot on how long you’ve been drinking and how much you drink.
Delirium tremens or DTs are a very serious withdrawal symptom, it comes with hallucinations and delusions. If you get DTs you need to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Luckily only 5 percent of people who go through withdrawals get DTs.
You Can Get Through This
Withdrawals for anything are hard, but remember why you are doing this. You want a life free from your addiction and it’s right around the corner.
If you decide that you don’t want to do this alone, take a look at our services. We would love to help you.