What Type Of Symptoms You Might Experience While In A Detox from Alcohol

If you have recently decided to detox from alcohol, congratulations, you’ve made an important step that will positively impact your physical wellbeing as well as social interactions. A life of sobriety is a life fully lived, and you can say goodbye to groggy, hangover filled mornings and the terror of facing what you did in your last blackout. The number one thing to remember is that you are not alone in your struggle. Thousands of alcoholics take the first step to break free from the prison of addiction every single day and many are successful. Unfortunately, the beginning steps of an alcohol are not pleasant and the more you drink, the more likely you are to experience some pretty nasty side effects. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and your road to recovery will become easier as the days go on. Once you have wrested yourself from the disastrous effects of binge drinking you will have a whole life of clarity and sobriety to look forward to.

What Symptoms You Can Expect Right Away

Many people decide to finally quit the bottle after a night of heavy partying. You will have a whole host of mental and physical symptoms to deal with on your first day, but stay strong. It only gets better from here on out.

Immediate Physical Symptoms

You will likely start your detox with a raging hangover, which means a throbbing headache, dry mouth, nausea, and fatigue. The worst hangovers mimic flu-like symptoms as your body is trying to rid itself of the excess alcohol in your system. You might be lightheaded and have the “alcohol shakes” which manifest themselves in trembling hands. You could be sweating excessively and in the worst cases, even experiencing hallucinations. Try to stay hydrated and keep down as many good, nutritious foods and water as possible. Rest and take it easy. These symptoms will pass.

Immediate Mental Symptoms

Your detox will initially bring some unpleasant mental symptoms. It might be tempting to fight them off with a drink, but fight your way through it. These too will pass. You may be experiencing depression or anxiety, especially if your detox follows a multi-day bender or a blackout. You could be anxious thinking about what you did in your inebriated state. Take comfort in knowing that you will no longer wake up humiliated and embarrassed about what you have done the night before. Call up a trusted friend and talk to them about what is going on.

On the first day, it is most important to keep your end goal in mind. You are so strong for quitting alcohol and you should give yourself a break from stress for at least the first few days. If you can afford to take time off work, do it. Minimize anything that causes you undue anxiety during this difficult period. Now is the time to binge on Netflix and be kind to yourself.

Symptoms You Can Expect In The First Few Days

Many people who quit drinking report suffering from insomnia. Since it is common for alcoholics to get used to passing out instead of falling alseep, it makes sense that your sleep will be initially disrupted. If you find yourself unable to get a good nights sleep while in your alcohol detox, you can try the following methods to rest in a healthy way.

  • Drink lavender or chamomile tea before bed
  • Turn off your screens (laptops, phones) at least an hour before going to bed
  • Make sure your room is cool and dark

During your waking hours, you could be jumpy and irritable. You might also find yourself with a bunch of extra time and no idea how to fill those hours. All of this is normal. Stave off boredom by diving into a book, calling a friend or taking up a new, healthy hobby. In the months and years from now, you will see this extra time as a great gift from sobriety.

As time goes on, you might be tempted to think that you’ve beaten alcohol and you can become a social drinker. Do not fall into this trap. You have made so much progress until this point and having a drink will put you back at square one. Just take it one day at a time!

Coping Mechanisms For Dealing With An Alcohol Detox

During your detox from alcohol, you should lean on family and friends to help you through your journey. You are in a very vulnerable position and you need to reach out to all of your resources in order to have a greater chance of success.

  • Enroll in a detox center or program
  • Set up a daily phone date with a trusted friend to keep you accountable
  • Cut ties will all of your “drinking buddies” and focus on fostering relationships with people who value sobriety
  • Take up a new hobby to distract yourself from the detox

These are just some ideas for coping mechanisms. You should experiment and see what works best for you. Everyone is different, but you are not alone in working through your alcohol detox. There are many like you who have broken out of the prison of alcohol and are now living fruitful, happy lives. You will be amazed by how sobriety will positively impact your quality of life. It is worth it and detoxing from alcohol is the best decision you will ever make in your life. It is a hard road but the end result is so worth it. Quitting alcohol could even save your life. If you are ready to begin your alcohol detox journey today, we can help. Call us today at 877-978-3125. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day and ready to help you take this critical step to improve your wellbeing, health, and quality of life.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    11/06/2019

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