According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), more than 15 million Americans reported suffering from an alcohol use disorder in 2015, This figure includes almost ten million men and more than five million women. Sadly, however, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that less than 7% of people struggling with an alcohol use disorder received treatment for their disease.
One reason why people may be afraid to get treatment is that the withdrawal symptoms can be extremely unpleasant and even life-threatening without medical attention. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms typically begin within 8-24 hours after the individual’s last drink and then will progress through the following three stages:
- Stage 1: The first stage of alcohol withdrawal is the mildest. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, insomnia, heart palpitations, tremors, fatigue, and mood swings.
- Stage 2: The second stage involves more moderate symptoms including high blood pressure, irritability, sweating, irregular heart rate, and mental confusion.
- Stage 3: The final and most severe stage of withdrawal can involve fever, severe confusion, hallucinations, and seizures.
Addiction is a progressive disease that will become stronger without intervention. Those struggling with an alcohol use disorder should seek competent and professional treatment at the earliest opportunity.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a detoxification and residential treatment program that may be able to help. Call (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our facilities and find out whether our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be right for you.