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What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Drinking?

What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Drinking?

Quitting drinking can seem quite scary. Not only is the process incredibly challenging on your psyche, but it can also be quite hard on the body. Even if you consider yourself relatively well-prepared to handle the psychological difficulties of detoxing, you may still be nervous about the physical side effects of the process. While there might be some challenges at the start, you’ll soon start noticing a lot of improvements as quitting drinking is actually one of the healthiest things you can do.

Short-Term Health Benefits

Soon after your stop drinking, you’ll start the process of detoxing. Typically within 24 hours you may start noticing some symptoms of withdrawal. Research shows that these may include sweating, vomiting, I insomnia, headaches, and fever. However unpleasant those might be, they usually dissipate within a few days so they shouldn’t stop you from getting sober. If you’re worried about the symptoms you may experience, you’re best off checking into a medical detox facility. Not only are you going to receive medical help to alleviate your symptoms, but you’ll also feel safer psychologically.

Health Benefits After a Month

In a month’s time, all of your withdrawal symptoms will have long subsided. Your mental health is also going to improve significantly and you’ll likely experience less anxiety and depressive thoughts. Your risk of developing various long-term diseases will decrease and your liver will finally have its full capacity to repair itself.

Long-Lasting Health Improvements in Sobriety

Although there are many quick improvements after quitting alcohol, most people need a year or two to fully embrace all the positive effects of recovery. After a solid chunk of time, you’ll be able to look back and clearly see how far you’ve come. Naturally, everyone is different so the effects of sobriety can vary from person to person. For example, you might find that you get to a healthy weight, your sleep improves, and your memory becomes sharper. Your immune system is also likely to improve, so you’ll find yourself getting the flu or the common cold much less often. In terms of mental health, you’ll likely improve your coping skills and you’ll experience less anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties.

Take The First Step Towards Recovery with Baystate Recovery Center

We know that the road to recovery can be long, but you don’t have to walk it alone. Our kind and highly-trained team members are here to help you along the way. In our practice, we merge clinical modalities and the classic 12-step treatment so that we can provide individualized treatment plans to all of our patients. If you’re not sure whether you’re ready to begin treatment or you’re looking to find what treatment would be best for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to walk you through your options, so please get in touch now.

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