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What are Delirium Tremens?

What are Delirium Tremens?

Alcohol abuse can produce a myriad of ailments that can affect someone’s health tremendously. Someone that drinks in excess will most likely withdraw from alcohol once the drink is taken away. Withdrawal from alcohol can be a painful and uncomfortable experience that can turn extremely dangerous from intense symptoms of disengagement. Delirium tremens can occur during the withdrawal period from the sudden and severe changes produced within the mental and nervous system of the body.

Delirium Tremens (DTs) can be classified by shaking hands, headache, profuse sweating, nausea, vomiting, and insomnia. Other symptoms include entire body tremors, mental confusion, decrease in mental function, changes in mood, panic attacks, hallucinations, lower attention span, delirium, migraines, comatose sleep, restlessness, irritability, discontentedness, and possibly seizures.

Depending on the amount a person drinks and the length of time that they drank can determine how long delirium tremens will last. If alcohol is suddenly removed from the body especially with somebody that has been an excessive drinker for ten years or more, DTs can begin commencing between 24-96 hours after their last drink was consumed and can last up to five days. Trying to gauge what will happen with someone’s withdrawal symptom is difficult because everyone is different, but delirium tremens is a serious condition to consider with a drinker that has exhibited heavy abuse of alcohol.  


Someone that suffers from alcoholism may need to contemplate how critical it is to seek medical care because alcohol withdrawal has been proven to be fatal in some cases. 5 percent of persons who abuse alcohol will get delirium tremens amidst cessation and one in twenty of that 5 percent will die from alcohol withdrawal from seizures or a high body temperature. Detoxication is safest through inpatient medical care because alcohol withdrawal is extremely dangerous.

During a hospitalization detox, a patient with alcoholism is monitored to ensure the start of a healthy and managed rehabilitation. Sometimes detox patients will be sedated with a Benzodiazepine such as Valium or Lithium to suppress the nervous system and diminish symptoms that are caused from delirium tremens. Observing the vitals and mental capacity of the patient that is coming off alcohol is of the utmost importance to give them a second chance in life.

Alcohol detoxification is a difficult process to endure that should not be taken lightly. The destruction that comes from poisoning one’s body with years of out of control drinking can take a toll mentally, physically, and spiritually. There is a solution, however, that can come from finally withdrawing off alcohol for good and beginning a new chapter in sobriety.

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or drugs, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center can help you to gain your momentum in sobriety. Our 12-Step aspects and holistic therapy can show you how to adorn your soul in recovery.

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