Alcohol Withdrawal in Oregon
Many alcoholics know they should stop drinking, but do not do so because they fear the withdrawal symptoms that may follow. These individuals need caring, compassionate treatment from a qualified detox center. North Coast Recovery in Astoria, Oregon, can help the residents of Astoria and the surrounding communities in the Pacific Northwest and across the country, better deal with alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
What Is Alcohol Withdrawal?
Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome or AWS occurs when a person abruptly stops using alcohol after consuming large quantities of it for a prolonged period of time (generally considered longer than two weeks). AWS symptoms can begin within just a couple of hours after having the last drink. Symptoms tend to peak within 24 to 48 hours, which is when they are the most uncomfortable.
Signs of Alcohol Withdrawal
AWS is typically classified into one of three stages depending upon its severity:
- Stage 1, characterized by mild anxiety, tremors, palpitations, and headaches
- Stage 2, during which time symptoms are more moderate, and patients may also notice an increase in systolic blood pressure along with confusion, rapid breathing, and mild hypothermia
- Stage 3, the most severe stage that may bring about delirium tremens, disorientation, seizures, and visual and/or auditory hallucinations
The longer a person has been using alcohol, the more profound his or her withdrawal symptoms will be. Unfortunately, it is not possible, even for medical experts, to predict what type of symptoms an individual may experience. Those with serious addictions may suffer withdrawal symptoms that could, in some cases, be life-threatening. The importance of medical supervision during the withdrawal process cannot be understated for long-term and/or heavy users.
Changes in Behavior
Those who are withdrawing from alcohol may undergo significant personality changes, some of which may be difficult for friends and family members to deal with. Although the withdrawal period can be a trying time, it is nonetheless important to have a good support system in place, as this tends to make the process much easier. Prescription medication can often be provided to alleviate some of the mental and physical signs of withdrawal, particularly in patients with a more serious alcohol addiction.
Physical and Mental Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal
A patient is considered to have AWS if he or she experiences two or more of the following after stopping alcohol use:
- Hand tremors
- Nausea or vomiting
- Tachycardia (a high resting heartbeat)
Why Choose North Coast Recovery?
- Licensed treatment facility in the state of Oregon
- Individualized treatment plans
- Long and short-term programs available
- Gender-specific programs
- Personalized, compassionate care
Contact North Coast Recovery Today
Alcohol withdrawal is the first step toward leading a clean, sober life. North Coast Recovery, conveniently located in Astoria, Oregon, is a highly rated alcohol withdrawal treatment facility that serves residents of Astoria and the surrounding communities in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. Our programs provide a wide range of treatments with a track record of effectiveness to help people overcome addiction. Please contact us today to find out more about how North Coast Recovery can serve you.