Alcoholism (and alcohol abuse, for that matter) is a dangerous mental illness that can completely warp a person’s body and mind. While we grandly applaud people who are brave enough to take the plunge into purging the drug from their system, though, research has indicated that quitting “cold turkey” is not a good option for alcoholics. In fact, this process can potentially put a person’s life in jeopardy. Overall, the most severe form of alcohol withdrawal is delirium tremens (DTs), which can be so traumatic that a victim’s brain will often wipe the experience from the mind altogether. So, what exactly happens during this terrifying experience and what makes it so dangerous to the health of alcoholics? Let’s take a closer look at the phenomenon of delirium tremens and find out some more information.
From Success to Nightmare
Initially, people will not be aware that they are about to experience DTs, making the situation much more dangerous. Over the course of the first couple of days of withdrawal, alcoholics may feel woozy before they are slammed with overwhelming bouts of nausea. Soon enough, they will start to sweat, shake, and hallucinate bizarre imagery (like flashing lights or worms crawling on the floor). Soon enough, the victims will feel extremely tired and start shaking violently. In certain cases, doctors may administer a dose of Librium (a medication used to suppress acute alcohol withdrawal), and the patient may end up in a motionless, zombie-like state.
Withdrawal Varies from Person to Person
Keep in mind that not everybody who quits “cold turkey” will endure DTs. Some may experience hallucinations and night sweats, while others may just feel nauseous (and potentially vomit). Like human beings, no two withdrawal experiences are the same. What makes this situation terrifying, though, is that people cannot determine how they will feel when they go through withdrawal. Alcoholics need to stop drinking before they can comprehend the severity of their situation. If you have decided to quit using alcohol, be sure to get in contact with your doctor and other healthcare officials. Never try to withdraw from this drug alone.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Alcohol is a dangerous drug that can and will eventually inflict tremendous damage on your mind, body, and social life. Ultimately, if you do decide to separate yourself from alcohol altogether, bear in mind that you can possibly suffer from dangerous, life-threatening side effects, including delirium tremors. Are you suffering from a form of alcohol use disorder? Do you have a friend or a loved one who is suffering from this problem, as well? In both cases, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the rehabilitation process and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle.
If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to put a stop to your alcohol use disorder today.