How to Get Through Alcohol Withdrawals
Alcohol addiction is real, and detoxing from alcohol can be one of the toughest things you ever do. The good news is that it is possible- there is every reason to hope that you will be alcohol-free. It is a journey, though, and you need a plan and support in place to get there. The following are tips on how to get through alcohol withdrawals.
- Let friends and family know what is going on. There is no reason for you to fight this alone. Be sure that they are educated on what you are about to be going through, and ask for their support. Loved ones will want to do what is best for you, so they should do what they can to help you through this struggle.
- As you go through withdrawals, you will experience an array of symptoms. Your first reaction will likely be to do the easy thing and go back to the alcohol. You might even think that you are weak, and that there is no way others could feel like this. It is important to understand two things: you are not alone, and you are not weak. Every person that tries to break free of substances experience some type of withdrawal symptoms, so you are certainly not alone. You are also not weak. Your body is reacting to the absence of the substance it is accustomed to living with. Withdrawals are natural, not a sign of weaknesses.
- Withdrawals will leave you dehydrated and nauseous. The best thing you can do for yourself in this situation is to keep yourself hydrated. While regular water is great, drinking fluids with electrolytes will be most helpful.
- Take a shower- preferably a cold one, but a shower, in general, will help. Showers can help wake you up, loosen up muscles, even help rehydrate you.
- Remember why you have chosen to do this, then keep it in front of you. For instance, if your daughter is the reason you decided to get sober, keep a picture- or ten- with you at all times. Hang her picture on your refrigerator, your bathroom mirror, your front door, even the dash of your car. Having her face in front of you constantly should help you fight temptation a little more.
- Try exercising. Exercising releases endorphins- the “happy” hormone- which will help boost your mood. Also, having a nice, sweaty workout can boost your confidence and leave you feeling more capable of continuing the fight.
- You might also try some low key activities, such as taking a walk, reading, meditating, yoga, listening to music, or even drawing a picture. These activities can help occupy you, reset your mind, and help you breathe through tough symptoms.
- When all else fails, curl up on your couch or in your favorite lazy chair and take a nap. Let your body and mind relax. There will be moments where you simply feel too weak to do anything else, and that is okay. Rest. Let your body recuperate from the stress it has been under.
- Absolutely stay away from places that offer alcohol and your old drinking pals. Do not put yourself into temptation. Instead, run in the other direction when it is possible.
- Try starting a hobby or picking up an old one, such as art, sewing, woodworking, or anything else that you once enjoyed or think you will now. These can help keep your mind and body occupied during withdrawal symptoms.
- Do not be afraid to seek professional help. Sometimes the best thing you can do is take yourself completely out of the environment where temptation exists. Detox programs can provide you with treatment, activities and counseling that will aid in the healing process, and you have the chance to gain confidence before going back into your regular world. The right support and guidance can make all the difference in the world.
If you are ready to become sober and need some help to get there, we here at Victory Detox Center in North Hollywood, CA want to help you reach your goal. Our services include full detox programs, inpatient and partial day programs, and aftercare planning. Give us a call and let us help you experience freedom and recovery.