Jennifer is a thirty-two-year-old financial analyst who has been drinking quite abusively since she and her boyfriend decided to break up. In point of fact, for the past five months she has been drinking just about two bottles of wine every night, and on the weekends she also has been drinking a number cocktails all through the day. In short, Jennifer has been drinking so excessively and hazardously that it’s a wonder that she hasn’t suffered from alcohol poisoning.
After feeling downcast because she was starting to disregard her health, Jennifer finally told herself that she’s had enough, that it’s time to stop feeling sorry for herself, that it’s time to quit the hazardous and excessive drinking, and time to get going with her life. So the next Saturday morning at 9:30 AM, she made up her mind to stop drinking suddenly and completely without preparation or planning.
When She Attempted to Stop Drinking She Felt Sick, She Vomited Numerous Times, She Was Extremely Moody and uptight, She Started to Sweat Extensively, Her Head Was Pounding, and She Had Utterly No Appetite
When Jennifer quit drinking, she assumed that she would quite possibly be tempted to have a drink or two, but she never deduced that she would feel so horrific. More precisely, just about an hour-and-a-half after she quit drinking, her head was throbbing, she vomited several times, she started to sweat profusely, she was extremely anxious and moody, and she had absolutely no appetite.
When she called her best buddy and informed her that she had stopped drinking and that after a few hours she suddenly started to have flu-like symptoms, Edna, her best pal, told Jennifer to call her medical practitioner and clearly explain what she was going through.
She Admits to Her Healthcare Professional That She Has Been Drinking In a Hazardous and Abusive Manner, That She Just Tried to Stop Drinking, and That She is Experiencing Extremely Unpleasant Flu-Like Symptoms
So Jennifer called her healthcare professional, told him that she has been drinking in a hazardous and excessive manner for more than a few months and that when she made an effort to suddenly stop drinking earlier in the day, within a few hours she felt as if she had the most awful flu-like symptoms that she had ever gone through.
Her family doctor told her that she may be going through symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and that she should have a friend or relative drive her to the emergency room ASAP.
As soon as Jennifer got off the phone, she got a neighbor to take her to the emergency room. Interestingly, all the way to the hospital, as sick as Jennifer felt, the only thing she could think about was whether or not she might be an alcoholic.
Obviously her doctor had called ahead and told the emergency room medical team to expect Jennifer because when she got to the hospital, she was met by two nurses who promptly told her to get in the wheelchair they had with them. After getting wheeled to the emergency room and undergoing a couple of necessary tests, it was verified that Jennifer was indeed suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms and was in need of alcohol detoxification.
An emergency room healthcare practitioner administered some meds to diminish her flu-like symptoms and also gave her some meds to help eliminate the alcohol that was still in her blood.
A Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency Doctor Explains in a Clear Fashion That She is an Alcoholic and Then Goes Over What Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and Alcohol Dependency Stages Are
After two or three hours, Jennifer was removed from the ER and wheeled to the recovery room. After she was in recovery for about three-and-a-half hours, Doctor Cerny, an alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse specialist, came to talk to her. He took quite a bit of time and explained in plain words that Jennifer had suffered through alcohol withdrawal symptoms when she quit drinking because she had become addicted to alcohol.
He then explained that with excessive drinking on an everyday basis, the drinker’s brain progressively gets acclimated to the alcohol so that it can carry out tasks and operations in a “semi-normal” way. When the individual then suddenly stops drinking, however, the brain responds by eliciting alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Not only this, but her physician also explained the different alcoholism stages that an alcohol addicted person usually experiences as the disease progressively gets worse.
It is Confirmed that Jennifer is in the First Stage of Alcohol Dependency and She Gets a Good Prognosis For a Total Recovery if She Gets the Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation She Needs
Fortunately for Jennifer, it was established that she was in the earliest stage of alcohol dependency and, as a result, she got a favorable prognosis for a total recovery if she obtains the alcohol treatment she needs.
Jennifer told the medical practitioner that she will do whatever it takes to get sober and to restore her health. She also articulated that she has a first-rate hospitalization policy that will more likely than not pay for most, if not all, of the treatment costs that will be incurred. It was clear to see that Jennifer was quite grateful about her optimistic medical prognosis and felt free from worry knowing that she will be able to get the alcohol dependency treatment she requires so that she can start on the path to recovery.