Why Do Seizures Occur During Withdrawal?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration withdrawal lengths differ depending on the substance that was abused. The following is a list of substances and withdrawal lengths: Alcohol: 5-7 days; Benzodiazepines: 1-4 weeks, or 3-5 weeks if reducing dosage gradually; Cannabis: 5 days; Nicotine: 2-4 weeks; Opioids: 4-10 days; methadone may be 14-21 days; and Stimulants: 1-2 weeks.

The brain is damaged after prolonged alcohol and or drug use. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system in your body and creates feeling of euphoria, tolerance and dependence. When there is an onslaught of drugs and alcohol entering the body, the brain sends messages to counteract or mask the effects of the drugs. When the body is abruptly shut off from the substance, the masks are no longer necessary. This change leads to alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The symptoms include blackouts, tremors, muscular rigidity, delirium tremens, and seizures.

In order to understand and explain the cellular and molecular activity that leads to withdrawal seizures, researchers concentrated mostly on audiogenic seizures.

Conclusions as to why seizures occur are very technical. Seizures are the most dangerous parts in alcohol withdrawal and are mainly tonic–clonic. This type of seizure is known as a grand mal or a full-body seizure. Alcohol withdrawal seizures usually occur 6 to 48 hours after alcohol consumption has ceased.

Most people recover from a seizure within an hour, although it is quite common for the person to feel confused. Other symptoms can include headaches, slurred speech,

feeling sick and mood changes. It is common for people to want to sleep after a seizure. A person can also be confused after a seizure. Periods of confusion typically last up to an hour, can last as little as a few or extend for a few hours. After a seizure a person may be able to talk and answer questions, but they might not remember what they said.

People sometimes feel strange, different, unwell after a seizure.

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