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Shakes and Tremors Caused by Alcohol

Alcohol AbuseRecently a loved one in my life pointed out that she shakes badly every morning, especially after a night of heavy drinking. Since this loved one is somewhat older I told her that I thought it might be the beginnings of Parkinson’s; just like her father had. However, watching firsthand how difficult it was for her to even put toothpaste on her toothbrush due to her severe shaking the morning after she consumed a great deal of wine, I’m now inclined to believe that the tremors are caused by her alcohol abuse.

I decided to do some more research on this topic and this is what I’ve found. Tremors or uncontrollable shaking can be triggered by alcohol use. It is characterized by jerky, fluttery movements of the person’s hands and fingers that cannot be stopped voluntarily. In addition to uncontrollable shaking, the individual may experience tremors in their arms, head and eyes; these tremors can go so far as to affect their voice too. The research notes that if the individual experiences tremors and/or uncontrollable shaking brought on by their alcohol use they may have a very serious problem and should speak with a medical professional about their treatment options.

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When it comes to tremors and alcohol – alcoholism and alcohol withdrawal are the primary causes of tremors. When the person speaks with their medical professional about their alcohol consumption the doctor will ask if their drinking worsens or improves their tremors as a way to judge if alcohol is to blame for the uncontrollable shaking. It is important that the individual not stop drinking abruptly after a prolonged period of time (e.g. such as stopping after drinking most days of the week for several years) because they could suffer potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include a wide range of symptoms; everything from depression, vomiting and diarrhea to the severe extreme of seizures or death. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can take place within 5 to 10 hours of an alcohol dependent person’s last drink, worsen at 48 to 72 hours and continue for several weeks. Their uncontrollable shaking will likely be accompanied by anxiety, mood swings, irritability, clammy skin, dilated pupils, nausea and vomiting.

Lastly, the closing paragraph of the article I read really hit home and made the experience of watching my loved one’s shaky hands all that more scary. It stated that if the person is a heavy drinker and already experiencing tremors and uncontrollable shaking it is likely that their body is already dependent on alcohol. It has been reported that excessive alcohol use is characterized by consuming more than 15 drinks per week for men and 8 drinks per week for women. The article went on to state that a clear sign a person has an alcohol problem is if they schedule their daily routine around their drinking and/or experience negative consequences due to their drinking but continue to do so anyway. These negative consequences might include fighting with their spouse, getting arrested for drinking and driving, and not remembering things they’ve said and done while drinking.

I have to say that I knew all of this information. Working for Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab I’ve become very knowledgeable about alcoholism and every other kind of drug addiction. But, after doing additional research on the subject and reading it in black and white the fact that my loved one has a problem really hit home. All the times my loved one couldn’t remember singing Happy Birthday to my children at their birthday parties, the conversations we had on the phone the previous nights, not being able to follow a simple story from start to finish without getting confused – these have all been warning signs that there was a problem developing. I’ve even noticed that I do my best not to call after 6pm or so because that’s when I’m sure she has started drinking and won’t remember our conversation any longer, at that point I typically decide to wait until the next morning to call.

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It is only now that I realize the extent of my loved one’s problem and that I need to find a way to make a difference in her life. I have conquered my own drug addiction problems and I know how difficult it is to stop using. However, with the rehabilitation and education that I received at Narconon Fresh Start, the right words and properly chosen facts I believe that I can shed some light on my loved one’s issue for her and guide her into a healthy lifestyle.

Teen Drinking

Drug rehabilitation professionals are concerned about the steady increase in teen alcohol abuse and the many negative health effects associated with it. Adolescence is a time when a young person undergoes many significant changes (body, mind & thoughts); it can feel overwhelming and unfamiliar them. It is also a time when these young adults begin to associate more with friends and acquaintances beyond their childhood contacts. They feel an increased pressure to fit in or go along with the crowd in order to be accepted socially. Exposing the brain to alcohol during this period may interrupt key processes of brain development, possibly leading to mild cognitive impairment as well as further escalation in drinking tendencies.

A scientific study of short-term memory skills between alcohol-dependent and nondependent teens ages 15 and 16 found that the alcohol-dependent youth had greater difficulty remembering words and simple geometric designs after a 10-minute interval. In this and similar studies memory problems were most common among adolescents in treatment who had experienced alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The emergence of withdrawal symptoms generally indicates an established pattern of heavy drinking. Their appearance at a young age underscores the need for early intervention to prevent and treat underage drinking.

Teen alcohol abuse may have long lasting consequences. People who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence at some time in their lives compared with those who have their first drink at age 20 or older. While habitual underage drinking does not imply that the individual will develop alcoholism, it is a strong indicator that they may have some form of substance abuse and addiction as they get older. Other factors that contribute to a person developing alcoholism include environmental factors; especially in alcoholic families where children may start drinking earlier because of easier access to alcohol in the home, family acceptance of drinking and lack of parental monitoring.

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers can help address teen and underage drinking. Whether the individual attends one of the Narconon Fresh Start program centers or is put in contact with a facility that specialized in teen alcoholism and rehabilitation, the help they receive will greatly benefit them. Without proper treatment, the young adult will sink further into their alcohol addiction and may suffer physical, psychological and emotional problems that will haunt them throughout their life. Choosing to get treatment as soon as the problem has been detected is the best way of preventing long-term issues from developing. Letting the problem escalate typically means the individual will have to work harder to end their addiction and likely suffer additional withdrawal symptoms.

Remaining in treatment

Entering drug rehab means admitting that you need help with your substance abuse and that you were unable to stop using on your own. While many people enter treatment willingly, some do so only to get their loved ones off their back about their drug or alcohol use. Whether the program participant has entered the program willingly or not, they will probably struggle at one time or another about remaining in treatment. There will be many hurdles and obstacles to overcome that challenge even the most devoted program participant. One of the key times a program participant may become upset and want to leave is during the withdrawal process. Withdrawal is often physically uncomfortable and the drug cravings, drug using dreams and emotional discomfort is exceptionally difficult to get through. However, once this phase of treatment has passed the program participant often begins to feel much better and slowly embarks on the process of learning to live a drug-free lifestyle.

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs understand how difficult the process of drug rehabilitation can be. This is why they have created many techniques to help their clients get through the desire to leave and ultimately make the choice to stay and work on achieving lasting sobriety. Many staff members are former clients who have completed the program. They are able to personally identify with program participants and address their feelings and compulsions very effectively.

More than just withdrawing from drugs

I feel like my drug and alcohol withdrawal was like a withdrawal from the distractive and destructive environment I was used to living in. My withdrawal program here at Narconon Fresh Start was extremely relaxing and helped me become more in touch with myself once again.
T. R.

Going through drug free withdrawal

Physically addictive drugs such as heroin and alcohol are often accompanied by significant amounts of physical pain and discomfort when the recovering individual stops taking them. This is why Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs conducts a pre-medical evaluation and ensures safe around the clock care resulting in our client’s drug free withdrawal being relatively pain free. Severe physical addiction cases require medically supervised detox outside of our facilities to make certain the client’s physical comfort and safety are maintained. When the client has concluded medical detox they then return to the Narconon Fresh Start facility they are scheduled to attend and continue with their drug free withdrawal process at our treatment location. Every program participant who enrolls in the Narconon Fresh Start program is watched and monitored closely by our detox specialists to make certain their drug free withdrawal is as pain-free and comfortable in addition to ensuring that all their emotional needs are taken care of.

“After being addicted to heroin for years the idea of going through a drug free withdrawal was excruciating. The detox staff and counselors at the center aggressed that I needed some time in medical detox to help with my withdrawal symptoms before starting Narconon Fresh Start’s drug free withdrawal. When the time came to enter the Narconon program itself and begin my drug free withdrawal I was still nervous but felt ready to attempt the challenge. Getting through the first few days was the hardest for sure. Thank God that I had their detox crew there to help when times got rough and I was feeling horrible. The therapeutic techniques they used actually made a difference and helped me out during some of my darkest hours. Now that I’m on the other side of my heroin withdrawal I’m so grateful. I can’t wait to start the New Life Detoxification sauna program that I’ve been hearing so much about. A chance to flush out all the drug toxins still left behind in my body is a welcomed opportunity. –D.W.”