Delerium tremens are dangerous alcohol withdrawal symptoms that can happen when someone stops drinking. A serious condition like this is not widely known so it is especially scary when people try to quit drinking on their own. Sudden cessation of chronic alcohol consumption should always be done in a professionally controlled drug or alcohol detox centre.

As with many drugs that affect the brain, such as antidepressant medication, sudden cessation as opposed to scaling back can be dangerous and possibly even fatal. Delirium Tremens doesn’t happen to everyone, however it can be fatal.

Delirium Tremens – What is It and How Dangerous is It?

The symptoms of delirium tremens (DTs) tend often occur within the first 3 days after the last drink. Those individuals who make it past this time period without symptoms are less likely to develop DTs. Sometimes there can be a longer delay so caution is still advised. Symptoms of DTs include:

  • seizures
  • confusion
  • being unaware of the date
  • being unaware of where they are
  • agitation
  • hallucinations including tactile, auditory and visual
  • feelings of bugs crawling on the skin
  • anxiety
  • impending feeling of doom
  • increased pulse, body temperature and blood pressure

The mortality rate of DTs has dropped to as low as 5% with treatment but it is still extremely dangerous to attempt to treat without medical intervention. Additionally it can be extremely difficult for others to observe someone suffering with DTs.

What are Typical Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms?

The usual alcohol withdrawal symptoms are headache, sweating, nausea, changes in mood, lack of interest in food and possible depression. There are many medications available to assist with these symptoms, which medical professionals will administer in a controlled detox setting. Sometimes restraint is necessary, as withdrawal from any drug can cause people to shake and move uncontrollably.

We Can Help – If You or Someone You Know Has a Drinking Problem Call Us Today

If you or someone you know is suffering from alcohol addiction, we can help. Trying to detox at home is dangerous. We urge you to call us for yourself or someone else. Going through delerium tremens or regular alcohol withdrawal symptoms in a professional, medical detox centre mitigates many serious health complications. We have caring and experienced staff ready to assist. Please contact us at 1-800-801-8354. We will be a guide through the withdrawal process and present a plan for recovery and sober living. Please note, our facility is for women only.