When someone stops drinking, they can expect to experience a range of physical and emotional changes. Here are some common things to expect:
Withdrawal symptoms: Depending on the severity of the alcohol addiction, some people may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking. These symptoms can include sweating, shaking, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. In severe cases, delirium tremens (DTs) can occur, which can cause seizures and hallucinations.
Physical changes: Once the withdrawal symptoms subside, people who stop drinking may notice physical changes such as improved digestion, better sleep, and a reduction in blood pressure and heart rate. They may also experience weight loss and improved skin complexion.
Emotional changes: Stopping drinking can also result in significant emotional changes. People may feel more energetic, optimistic, and in control of their lives. However, they may also experience mood swings, irritability, and depression, especially in the early stages of recovery.
Improved relationships: Sobriety can lead to better relationships with family and friends. People may also find that they have more time and energy to pursue hobbies and interests.
Continued support: Recovery is an ongoing process, and it’s important to continue to seek support and attend therapy or support groups to maintain sobriety.