Alcohol Withdrawal: Poor Concentration, Impaired Memory

Bill CarrickAlcohol Detox, Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol withdrawal has multiple signs and symptoms. This blog has written about a number of signs and symptoms, including: anxiety, tremors or shakes, appetite disturbance, and sleep disturbances.  Another symptom may be poor concentration and/or impaired memory. Poor concentration and impaired memory may be related to other symptoms of alcohol withdrawal or may be related to the alcohol withdrawal itself. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal that may contribute to poor concentration and impaired memory are: Anxiety, agitation, irritability, sleep disturbances, or poor nutritional intake. Alcohol withdrawal in itself may cause poor concentration and impaired memory related to the brain’s response to … Read More

Alcohol Withdrawal: Sleep Disturbances

Bill CarrickAlcohol Withdrawal

Sleep Disturbances Alcohol withdrawal has multiple signs and symptoms.  Recent posts on this blog have looked at tremors or shakes, appetite disturbance, and anxiety.  Another key symptom is trouble sleeping. Sleep disturbances include intense dreaming and nightmares. The withdrawal of Alcohol from an alcohol dependent person elicits symptoms that are just the opposite of what Alcohol may do for someone. Alcohol is often used by people to help them get to sleep. It can be effective to help people get to sleep but it is not effective in helping them stay asleep. The opposite of helping people to get to sleep … Read More

Alcohol Withdrawal: Anxiety

Bill CarrickAlcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol Related Anxiety The line “I need a drink” is often used by people who are high strung, who might have had a bad day, and they need something to relax themselves. Alcohol is an anti-anxiety agent for many. One of the symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal is the opposite of this calming effect, it is alcohol related anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling of unease. One definition is “fear of the unknown”. You may feel ‘somethings just not right’. Another definition is “impending doom”. Anxiety is almost always a precursor to a panic attack. Alcohol related Anxiety alone would indicate a mild … Read More

Alcohol Withdrawal: Shakes

Bill CarrickAlcohol Detox, Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol Shakes A classic sign or symptom of Alcohol Withdrawal is the shakes. Alcohol shakes can occur a number of hours after the last drink of alcohol. Members of the healthcare profession refer to the shakes as tremors. Alcohol Shakes or tremors can be a mild to moderate sign of alcohol withdrawal or can be one of a number of symptoms that signify an impending serious alcohol withdrawal. Alcohol Shakes or tremors are often first noticed in the morning, and may be exaggerated while trying to do fine motor skills such as drinking from a cup. They are significant as … Read More

Alcohol Withdrawal and DT’s: Seizures and Delirium Tremens (DT’s)

Bill CarrickAlcohol Detox, Home Detox, Medication

Delirium Tremens Alcohol withdrawal can be very dangerous due to the possibility of seizures and the possibility of delirium tremens (DT’s). Seizures and delirium tremens or DT’s can both be life threatening. Seizures are more common and better known to the general public. DT’s are less common but have a higher lethality than seizures. Seizures Alcoholic Seizures: Seizures can occur in anyone who is physically dependent on alcohol and who stops drinking. The brain becomes dependent on alcohol over a period of time and when it is taken away precipitiously, the brain may react by having a gran mal seizure. … Read More

As Another Bill Sees it, Musings….

Bill CarrickAs Another Bill Sees It, Recovery

Sobriety for an alcoholic or addict is not possible without healthy connections. Trust is a two-way street. We expect the person suffering from an addictive disease to be upfront about their use, to be truthful. We rarely ask ourselves, why should this person trust us to tell the truth? I believe most clients suffering from an active addictive disease have learned not to trust. I’m not saying it’s sensible, I’m just saying that’s the way it is. Vigilance is a word most often used in the context of recovery. “We have to be vigilant because a drink or a drug … Read More