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How to Treat the Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

Watch more Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to treat the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal by following this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Stop drinking Stop drinking. You can't treat alcohol dependence while continuing to drink. Symptoms of withdrawal will appear between six and 48 hours after alcohol consumption has ceased. Step 2: Treat DTs Seek a doctor's care to treat delerium tremens, or DTs, pharmacologically. Typically, benzodiazepines are prescribed to treat such symptoms as anxiety, insomnia, and seizures, and are the most commonly prescribed treatment for alcohol withdrawal. Step 3: Treat hallucinations Treat hallucinations associated with alcohol withdrawal with inpatient therapy. A doctor may also choose to treat these by prescribing anti-psychotic medications. Tip Anti-psychotic drugs are typically administered if a patient is unresponsive to benzodiazepines. Step 4: Alter your diet Eat a high-calorie, high-carbohydrate diet. Supplement your diet with multivitamins and maintain your body's water and electrolyte balance with water and sports drinks. Step 5: Treat depression Take antidepressant medication to treat depression that commonly occurs after detoxification. Step 6: Take disulfiram Talk with your doctor about taking disulfiram, or Antabuse, to maintain sobriety. Disulfiram reacts with alcohol in the body, making a patient severely ill for 30 to 60 minutes after taking a drink. Step 7: Seek follow-up treatment Seek follow-up treatment, such as psychiatric help in the form of counseling, or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to continue to be alcohol-free and never to have to experience withdrawal symptoms again. Did You Know? Chronic alcohol abuse can cause brain damage.
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