Making the choice to quite drinking requires courage and bravery. The process of detoxing is challenging, especially if you experience the alcohol shakes.
There is always light at the end of the tunnel though and you will get through that challenging time.
And you don’t need to call your doctor to get a pharmaceutical to help you through it.
Look to the power of natural remedies to control your alcohol shakes
If you’re embarking on this life-changing journey, you need only to go into it prepared. Here are five things you’ll want to do.
1. Arm yourself with certain herbs
Your liver takes the brunt of alcohol abuse. But your nervous system takes a hit too.
Fortunately, treating the liver and calming the nervous system are areas where herbs excel.
One of the best is damiana for its ability to enhance mood and reduce alcohol cravings. Passionflower and Skullcap are also both wonderful for their ability to relax the nervous system and are often used specifically for reducing withdrawal symptoms, like alcohol shakes.
Other herbs effective for withdrawal and nervous system support are:
- St. John’s Wort
It should be noted though that Hops are not good for those with depression, and St. John’s Wort should not be used by those taking pharmaceutical antidepressants.
2. Focus on a healthy diet
Before you begin the alcohol detox, shift to a healthy diet rich in lean proteins like chicken, eggs, fish and non-fatty meats. Add in a lot of raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, potatoes, beans and pasta.
You’d also be wise to prepare with a good multivitamin and mineral supplement. Particularly one that includes B and C, as well as calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Get in the habit of eating every three hours to avoid hunger that could lead to alcohol cravings, which will become more intense once the alcohol shakes set in.
And by all means, avoid the sugar snacks that you’ll crave once you start detoxing. They will only make the alcohol shakes worse.
3. Drink plenty of water
The alcohol shakes and other symptoms will be lessened the more you’re able to flush the toxins out of your system.
Far more than any other fluid, water is able to do this.
And you need to drink a lot of it – though no more than 2 quarts every hour. It’s okay to mix in a few electrolyte-rich sports drinks but stay away from tea, coffee or anything with caffeine.
4. Enlist your support system
Be sure to line up a friend or family member to stay with you through the process. Usually, by the third day you won’t really need them there except to check in on you. But those first two days are crucial.
Having someone to talk to while you have the alcohol shakes can help.
Also, don’t expect to be going out anywhere. Once the withdrawal symptoms kick in, you’ll want to keep yourself busy with books, movies, games, or whatever will help you stay distracted from how you’re feeling.
5. Practice deep breathing and meditation
This is a natural remedy that doesn’t cost a cent. You just need to practice it.
Once you learn how to sit quietly and calm the mind and body with your breath, peace and comfort are at your disposal. That’s why most rehab facilities these days offer some form of mind-body awareness programming.
These are a great way to tolerate and work through the uncomfortable feelings and sensations that accompany detoxing.
We wish you the best of luck in your journey to quit drinking. Just remember, you don’t have to go it alone. We are here for you.