With all of the media coverage and legal commentary, it is hard to imagine that there is anyone who does not know the damaging effects of consuming large quantities of alcohol. More than 88,000 people die per year due to alcohol related illness or injury, thousands more lose their homes, their families, and their jobs.
Many people do not stop using alcohol due to their fear of the complex and extremely unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that they face when they stop drinking. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to help to alleviate some of these symptoms. One thing that you can do is find a qualified detoxification and treatment center. You can find information on these centers at Detox.com. After you find the detoxification and rehab facility that is right for you, there are a few other things that you can do to supplement your treatment. A few of these techniques are:
- Know the withdrawal timeline and remember that the symptoms are only temporary. During the first day of withdrawal, you will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. On days one to three, you will experience the peak of the withdrawal. During days five through seven your withdrawal symptoms begin to fade and the physical symptoms normally subside after ten days.
- While you are experiencing withdrawal and you are going through treatment keep busy. Keeping busy can help to take your mind off both the physical and psychological symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. You can journal, take up a hobby, or do things with friends. Just be sure that you avoid the activities that you normally do while drinking.
- If you begin to feel severe symptoms seek medical attention through your rehab facility or a local hospital. Rehabs and hospitals are well versed in alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
- Talk to others in your recovery group. They will understand what you are going through and may be able to help you with what is going on in your life.
Although all of these are excellent ideas, there is one other very important thing that you can do to help you through withdrawal. This is change your diet. A good diet is essential to health and recovery.
The best diet for alcohol addiction recovery has four basic elements. These four elements are:
- Protein – protein can be found in meats such as chicken, beef, and fish or in vegetables such as black beans, even in nuts such as almonds.
- Leafy greens – some examples of leafy green vegetables are kale, Swiss chard, spinach, collards, romaine lettuce, and bok choy.
- Complex carbohydrates – examples of complex carbs are beans, pumpkin, lentils, and sweet potatoes.
- Bright fruits and vegetables – these are brightly colored fruits and veggies such as bell peppers, mangos, raspberries, tomatoes, papayas, and carrots
Each of these foods is part of a healthy diet and can help repair the damage done by alcohol.
Regardless of the severity of your addiction, you can end it and recover. The majority of the damage to your body is reversible if you end your alcohol abuse now. We can help.