Symptoms of AWD or DTs may include all or some of the following:
- agitation or irritability
- chest pain
- delirium (an extremely disturbing state of mind)
- delusions (irrationally believing untrue things)
- excessive sweating
- eye and muscle movement problems
- hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there)
- increased heart rate or breathing rate
- increased startle reflex (an exaggerated reaction to unexpected stimuli)
- involuntary muscle contractions
- sensitivity to light, sound, or touch
- stomach pain
- sudden mood changes
If your drinking habits have been heavy for a long time you may have a seizure within 6hrs of your last drink. It is advised that if you have been a long-term heavy drinker or been diagnosed with an Alcohol Use Disorder that you have medical supervision during the detox and withdrawal phase of your recovery.
A ‘Support Buddy’ should be with you throughout your detox to help you stay hydrated, monitor the seriousness of your symptoms as well as ensure the medication you are prescribed is taken as directed. If you don’t have a nominated person to help, we offer a Sober Coach as part of our home detox service.
Minor withdrawal symptoms will usually peak between 18 to 24hrs and start to decrease after about five days. In rare cases, moderate withdrawal symptoms (rapid heart rate, illusions) can last for a month. But all symptoms will have ceased in under 6 months.