Oh boy, Depression and alcohol withdrawal, such fun topics! (#sarcasm)
Some of you may know this, but I am not one for drugs (big shocker right there!)
And I don’t mean just antidepressants either, I don’t drink alcohol and don’t smoke.
Heck, I don’t drink any coffee, either!
Why? Because it would be too easy!
I can’t stress this enough, when you take any of that stuff because it helps you – you make yourself all the more likely to get addicted to it.
Think about it for a second: one of the depression’s symptoms is fatigue and general tiredness, coffee might help you out with this… for now.
But when you get tired next time you are more likely to take more coffee, telling yourself “one more cup of coffee”(and no, this isn’t a Bob Dylan reference either), and coffee proves to help you yet again.
So what’s the problem?
You become dependent on it!
You have to get that cup of coffee or a quick drink, or cigarette to calm you down or maybe to just energize yourself.
And then, once you start feeling better you want to throw away that trash to the side, to live your life fully, but you find out that you can’t!
Now keep in mind, there are plenty of situations in which you will find yourself unable to throw away an addiction.
Much like habits, they stick.
And even if you are living your life fully you may end up drinking a lot of alcohol you don’t need, because it’s a “habit” and an addiction for you.
Thus I will be focusing here only on Depression and alcohol withdrawal since those two tend to go hand in hand a lot.
In fact, up to 15.9% of all people who suffer from depression exhibit dependence on alcohol.
To some of you this may not seem like such a big number, but think of it this way – one out of every people who suffer from depression is also alcohol dependent.
How is this for a wake-up call?
Alright, so say you now you and depression are done.
You found yourself a new life and all that good stuff, but as you may find very soon it isn’t quite as easy as you would like it to be.
The Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS for short) is a condition that may occur due to unregulated consumption of alcohol over short (Hours, days, weeks) or long (months, years) periods of time.
This condition also may be life-threatening, but what does it actually mean?
Well, symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Shaky hands
- Some level of anxiety and panic
Doesn’t seem this bad, right?
Well, it does, but not “life-threatening” kind of bad, right?
Well, yeah. Most cases of alcohol withdrawal are nasty for sure, but they aren’t flat – out dangerous, and they don’t normally last up to more than 48 hours.
But still, this sucks.
So here’s how you deal with it:
1) Drop the habit of drinking
You may think that this is too basic or obvious, but the best way to avoid alcohol withdrawal is to just drop alcohol, or drink it in a regulated manner in the very least.
To do that you need to change something within yourself, to make it easier for you just stop drinking.
The reason for your addiction has a lot to do with your subconscious mind.
More about that, and about why you can’t just “will” yourself to stop drinking, feel free to read my article about your subconscious mind right here.
The best way to drop the habit would be to adopt a new habit to cover over this one, for more on that read my article about habits.
I could have written everything here but then I would just end up repeating myself. The very least you could do is to check out my other info, and if you can’t do that much then maybe this problem just isn’t urgent enough for you, eh?
2) Distract yourself and exercise
When you really break it down, pain is all in your head.
The same applies to suffering and any other thing you feel really.
Bearing this in mind, wouldn’t it make at least some sense to manipulate your brain into simply not thinking about how bad it is feeling?
So yeah, simply getting into something may very well end up being exactly what you need. Thing is, people really do think too much.
According to the research of Dr. Fred Luskin of Stanford University, a human being has approximately 60000 thoughts per day.
So if you got a certain issue, most of those 60,000 thoughts will revolve around it.
Here’s the deal though – when you do something without thinking, you tend to focus less.
By that logic, distracting yourself with books or television won’t be all that effective, since you are still focusing on something.
On the other hand, if you were to do something physical, like running, or something that is relatively automatic and doesn’t take much thinking (like playing certain video games), then you will find it easier to cope with your alcohol withdrawal.
Now, I know that playing video games will only make your headache worse, and that’s fair enough, but exercising releases endorphins, which are neuropeptides that, among other things, numb pain.
So yeah, you should work-out whenever you have this condition, even if you really don’t feel like it – the end results will be exceptional.
If you just don’t feel like it, just try to play some video games or talk with other people, it will have some good effects as well.
- Drink a lot of water – doesn’t really deserve a spot on its own, but you may want to drink clean water, and a lot of it too, to flush out the alcohol from your system. It’s the most useful in the short while after you first noticed that you have this condition.
3) Flush your liver naturally
Simply put, alcohol attacks your liver, so one way for dealing with it would be simply to flush it out of your system directly, yes?
There are specific types of foods to accomplish such a task, here are a few tips about them:
- Avoid junk food and refined sugar
- Eat food that contains a lot of Potassium (like bananas, beans and more)
- Eat red meat and liver
- Take a nice cup of coffee (yeah, i’m a bit contradicting myself here, but it does help!)
- Drink raw vegetable juice (mix it yourself if you can)
4) Go to the hospital
This is actually the big one, as all solutions up until now were about how to deal with a short term problem of alcohol withdrawal (with the obvious exception of the first).
But as I said, alcohol withdrawal might stick with you for a long while, and its symptoms can develop into a more severe illness called delirium tremens – it can also be fatal.
So what should you do in this case?
When all else fails, and it very well may fail, go to the hospital and get yourself treated as soon as possible.
Well, not you, have someone take you there.
In the hospital, they will flush the toxins out of your liver, for maximum results.
The procedure itself is relatively simple and quick and will assure that you will feel better that much quicker.
However they only take in genuinely severe cases for the liver flush treatment, so don’t bother going to the nearby hospital with your concern, they will likely send you home on the spot.
Really, doctors got better things to do than to deal with people pretending to have alcohol withdrawal, like saving lives.
All of these things won’t matter much if you haven’t learned your lesson – don’t. drink. all. of. that. alcohol!
Really, alcohol will do you no good and will only make your depression worse in the long run.
And believe me, I get where you are coming from – getting drunk is so easy, and it will make you feel better, but after you sober up you will find, much to your dismay, that it didn’t do you any good at all!
It only damaged your health and provided you with a safe asylum to hide in from your problems rather than dealing with them head-on.
So really, drop the alcohol, get drunk on the weekends with your pals, not while sulking in your apartment with a bottle of some cheap beverage in your hand.
Alright, so that’s pretty much that!
So while you go out there and put a stop to your drinking problem, here’s a quick question for you: Have you ever used alcohol as a means of escape from your problems, because it was easier that way? How did you end up feeling afterward?
More than one question, I know, but I believe in you!
Make sure to answer the questions in the comment section below, I go through every single one of them.
In case you have a question to ask me personally feel free to drop an email and I will get back to you as quickly as I can and answer any and all concerns to the best of my ability