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Well you've made the right decision but it's not an easy one, you have to be ready to fight this fight and win.

Alchohol withdrawals or DT's are a lot more than a hangover. Alcohol is classified as "Sedative-Hypnotic", as such they have a strong propencity to induce psychological dependance and the psychological aspect can be far more difficult to beat than the physical aspect. Getting the thought out of your mind that you need to drink can take months and most likely you'll be tempted for the rest of your life. You won't ever be able to take a drink again, not even just one at a social occasion.

The physical signs of withdrawal can include Agitation, Anxiety and panic attacks, Tremors, Depression, Diarrhea, Nausea and vomiting, Headache, Hypertension, Fever, Insomnia, Irritability, Headaches, Palpitations, Restlessness, Seizures, Sweating, Tachycardia, Loss of Appetite and Weakness.

It doesn't mean that you'll automatically have all of those symptoms, but you need to know what is possible and be prepared. Withdrawals can last anywhere from 7 days to a month or more, it just depends on the person, their body chemistry, health, how much they drank, how long, etc. There is no way to tell how long you will have withdrawals.

Having a support group and people who are going through the same thing you are can be a great help when your detoxing. AA helps many people, seeing a therapist helps some people, you have to find what works for you. Don't kid yourself, this isn't like getting over a hangover and in a few days you'll be fine....it is a battle and you'll be battling for quite a while. BUT, it is definitely worth it.

Hang in there,

Kat





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