Acute Alcohol Withdrawal and Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms

Acute alcohol withdrawal and post acute withdrawal syndrome are obstacles in the path of alcoholics who are serious about recovery. When an alcoholic quits drinking, they not only still experience cravings for alcohol, but they experience uncomfortable physical and emotional side effects. In order to successfully combat these symptoms and stay sober in the long term, contact We’ll find the rehab program that will help you or your loved one through the worst of these symptoms.

Acute Alcohol Withdrawal

Acute alcohol withdrawal syndrome occurs in the first two weeks after an alcoholic stops drinking. Some alcoholics feel these symptoms almost immediately after they quit. Others feel okay for up to two days. But every alcoholic feels acute alcohol withdrawal in some form within a couple of days maximum.

The acute alcohol withdrawal symptoms are among the most physical of the symptoms you or a loved one may experience. They include:

  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Stomach aches
  • Nausea
  • Excess sweat
  • Shakiness
  • Seizures
  • Heart palpitations

In the case of seizures and heart palpitations especially, acute withdrawal can prove dangerous. Quitting drinking without professional supervision puts an alcoholic at risk. Please get in touch with immediately, even if acute withdrawal has begun. We’re a non-profit organization that can quickly match addicts with programs that help them cope with withdrawal.

Post Acute Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

The post acute withdrawal syndrome alcohol addicts experience lasts longer than acute withdrawal. The longer an addict struggled with drinking problems and the more an addict drank each day, the more severe their post acute withdrawal symptoms are likely to be. Poor health and previous attempts to quit can also worsen the severity and duration of the symptoms. The average time that post acute withdrawal lasts is somewhere between six months and two years; post acute withdrawal begins as acute withdrawal fades.

Symptoms that you or your loved one may experience at this time include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia and difficulty maintain regular sleep hours
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty coping with stress
  • Clumsiness
  • Loss of memory
  • Loss of interest in activities that previously gave pleasure

Alcoholics need guidance during these crucial months and years. Not only do they have to learn to fight cravings, they need to reorient their lives so that they live more productively and happily. At, we can recommend programs that include life skill building and techniques to help addicts cope through this emotional time. Both inpatient and outpatient programs can include therapy of this nature, either through private sessions, group sessions or both.

Fighting Acute and Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

Don’t ever take on withdrawal or let your loved one take on withdrawal alone. The symptoms of withdrawal can be not only uncomfortable, but possibly dangerous as well. Call as soon as possible so that we can refer you or a loved one to treatment that works. Professional treatment is the safest and sometimes fastest way to get through acute and post acute withdrawal syndrome.

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