Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline

Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol will vary with quantity and length of time of consumption. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms will be most severe, and careful treatment most necessary, when drinking has been significant for a long time.

The acute withdrawal syndrome can include seizures or psychosis as well as headaches, nausea and vomiting, sweats, irritability and craving. Professional medical help will be necessary to ensure that detoxification is carefully controlled.

Withdrawal symptoms will vary from one patient to another, depending upon general health and other dependence such as drug abuse.

Post-acute withdrawal syndrome, with depression and sleep disturbances and other distressing symptoms, may follow acute alcohol withdrawal after the initial withdrawal symptoms have resolved.

The symptom that tends to cause most distress in acute alcoholic withdrawal during detox from drink or drug use is anxiety, coupled with shivers and shakes. Hallucinations may occur. These symptoms usually resolve within a few days.

The neurologial effect of alcoholism is eventually very severe. Ethanol (the chemical name for alcohol) damages the brain. Chronic alcoholics or heavy drinkers therefore need to be prescribed Thiamine (vitamin B1) in order to protect the nervous system from further damage.

A decreasing dose of Librium (Chlordiazepoxide) given over five to ten days will cover the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal so that the patient is comfortable. Protracted withdrawals from addictive substances beyond ten days are usually not necessary in a supportive environment.

Patients may experience a psychiatric problem in early recovery when they recognise how toxic alcohol and other drugs have been to the body and mind as well as to the family and to the work situation and social environment.

Problems with alcohol and drugs can affect anybody. Addiction is an equal-opportunity condition. It causes social, professional and economic damage long after the acute effects of alcohol have worn off.

Acute withdrawal may be the least of the problems caused by acute alcohol withdrawal. When the individual decides to quit drinking, reality has to be faced.

Medication is generally not necessary in support of long-term abstinence. Antidepressants, tranquillisers and sleeping tablets may lead to more damage than benefit.

The most effective long-term therapy in preventing relapse is regular attendance at meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and application of the recommended Twelve Step programme.

The disease of alcoholism is exceptional among psychological disorders because it can be put into full remission with, in most cases, no significant sign of previous impairment. The chronic drunk is given a new lease of life.

Symptoms Of Attention Deficit Disorder In Adults

It is commonly believed that ADD is outgrown with age. But, to some people, it comes as a surprise that they are ADD even in their adult years. Normally, they come to realize it when they go to a specialist for treatment of their ADD child. While trying to understand the symptoms of their child they realize that they are also having those same symptoms.

Earlier they did not realize that they were suffering from ADD because in their young years society, in general, was not much aware of this syndrome. It is only recently that people have started taking more interest in ADD in their children and try to get them cured of it. Adults with ADD have developed, over the years, several coping behaviors to deal with the problem.

How can an adult realize that he is suffering from ADD? There are some signs and symptoms through which ADD in an adult can be diagnosed. Following is a list of some such symptoms and behavior patterns –

Easily Distracted – The attention span of ADD adults is very short. They are very easily distracted unless they are very much interested in the subject at hand. People are generally irritated with these people as they do not listen attentively during conversations and their minds wander off the topic being discussed. To the other person, ADD adults appear disinterested and bored. They have difficulty in understanding directions. They also tend to misplace things frequently.

Restlessness – People with ADD suffer from a feeling of restlessness. They find it difficult to sit at one place for long and they keep on fidgeting and moving their legs and arms, if they are required to do so.

Not Organized – ADD adults are poorly organized. They are not able to stick to schedules, they are mostly late and they frequently misplace things. They often start some work or project that they leave unfinished and do not follow through to completion. They are easily distracted and bored. But, they can also be intensely focused on some activity or task in which they are really interested. In such cases they can devote long hours of concentrated activity.

Impulsive – These people often speak without thinking. They get angry quickly and always appear to be on short fuse.

Low Self Esteem – ADD adults often have negative self-images, which might be the result of broken promises, unfinished tasks or adverse comments of others. They mostly suffer from a feeling of anxiety and uncertainty. Even though some of these people are high achievers in their fields, still they suffer from a feeling that they are not good at anything.

Seek Stimulation – Such people are often on the lookout for high stimulus activities like gambling, paragliding or risky projects at their workplace. Such people easily get embroiled in hot arguments with others and waste lots of precious time in fruitless activities.

But, to put things in the right perspective, it is important to realize that many great people, who have excelled in their fields and many times, in more than one field, were ADD. Leonardo Da Vinci, Einstein and Churchill were all ADD adults.

Many of the ADD people become high achievers in their fields of interest because of their ability to get intensely focused on something that holds their interest. Many high achievers in medicine, law, art, science, etc., suffer from ADD.

The ADD adults are mostly very compassionate, though they are often misjudged as aloof and cold due to the fact they are not very sociable and talkative. They are generally very sensitive and brilliantly intelligent.

The ADD adults who are facing negativity in their lives and feel that they are not able to perform to the level they are capable of, should seek expert help to fully realize their potential.

Stop Eating for Comfort by Recognizing Your Triggers and Habits

The longer I work with clients the more I realise that most of us who have issues with food are simply hurting in some way and are looking for love/comfort. We may have a very loving relationship with someone else but if we don’t love ourselves there is something missing and we use food to fill the gap. For others it could be alcohol, drugs, gambling or smoking.

However food seems to be the most common as it is quick and easy, not hurting anyone else and can be easily hidden. Unfortunately however, we only feel good for a split second with the initial taste, then the guilt sets in, we feel uncomfortable and start to beat ourselves up which simply leads to more eating or bingeing. Unfortunately eating food only keeps the emotion inside of us. Instead of facing our issues, we over eat which only creates further problems.

The only time our body actually wants food is when it is physically hungry. So when we eat for emotional reasons, it doesn’t work, because our body doesn’t want food, it wants comfort in some other way. So we keep eating waiting for that magic fix that never comes.

By learning how to eat “naturally” we are reconnecting with our body’s natural instincts of hunger and satisfaction. This will then fill the physical need and enable us to find positive, empowering things that will serve the emotional need. The wonderful thing about natural eating is that it is based on awareness. Once you are aware of your habits/triggers around food you can make a different choice.

The key is to honour your emotions, notice that you are sad or lonely or stressed out. Sometimes a good cry is the answer as this enables you to get the emotion out of your body. Other ways of doing this is to laugh, sing, scream or do something physical like running, biking or martial arts. Then you can think clearly and find that positive thing that will comfort you and move forward.

I encourage you to start thinking about the times that you overeat or binge and look to see if you can see a pattern. You will find it is based around certain activities and events which have led to negative habits. Because once you are aware of what you are doing you can find a way to avoid those triggers and make different positive choices.