Delirium Tremens, sometimes called “the DTs” or Saunders-Sutton syndrome, is the most severe symptom of alcohol withdrawal. It typically occurs within 2 to 5 days of the last drink of alcohol, and because it can be fatal, it is wise to treat it as a medical emergency and seek assistance for a loved one immediately. It often starts within 2 days but gets progressively worse.
Many people who are addicted to alcohol, and wish to stop drinking, feel they can do so “cold turkey” and on their own. However, about one half of all people who have an alcohol dependency suffer from alcohol withdrawal syndrome when they stop drinking. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can be very dangerous if not monitored by a medical professional. Delirium tremens (DTs) is one of the four categories of alcohol withdrawal syndrome that is particularly dangerous, and can be deadly if not treated appropriately. But, what exactly is delirium tremens, and what are appropriate delirium tremens treatments?
All alcoholism treatment programs are a little bit different and have unique selling points. Maybe one has a great view of the mountains, while another has a swimming pool or a third offers art and music therapies.
If you develop an addiction to alcohol, you will need to go through a detoxification period before actively participating in substance treatment. People with moderate or severe drinking problems almost inevitably require some sort of medication during detox in order to cope with the discomforting and potentially dangerous symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. However, in some cases, you may be able to take part in natural alcohol detox that does not rely on medication.
By Matthew Goldenberg, D.O.
If you are a professional whose alcohol or drug use has gotten out of control, you may be telling yourself that when the New Year comes, you will reach out for the help that you need. Your addiction is likely telling you that you can make it through one more holiday. It may also convince you that this year will be different; you will finally stick to your New Year’s resolution to get sober.
Doctors and public health officials have long noted the benefits of aerobic exercise for the average person’s mental and physical well-being. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, researchers from five U.S. universities explored the benefits of aerobic exercise for people affected by alcoholism. These researchers concluded that aerobic exercise can substantially improve the drinking behaviors of such individuals and also increase the effectiveness of primary alcoholism treatment.
Completing rehab is a major step in overcoming alcohol abuse and addiction. Completing the 28 days or longer of learning to live a life without the crutch of alcohol is a big accomplishment. At the conclusion of rehab, however, you may be wondering what’s next. What is on your horizon? How best should you proceed, now that you are newly sober?
Recent research findings are showing promising results for people who have damaged their brains by drinking too much. The research was inspired by other studies that found aerobic exercise could have a positive impact on the brains of people as they age. Some of the damage caused by drinking is similar to the damage that occurs over time as part of the aging process. If exercise helps to slow down and repair aging damage, it should be able to help with damage caused by drinking.
An estimated 5 percent of the population suffers from alcohol addiction. Although 12-step programs and inpatient addiction treatment are very helpful for some people, others may need some extra help. A new study has found that the medication naltrexone, when combined with counseling or 12-step programs, can help reduce the motivation to drink among heavy drinkers.
A new study examined the effectiveness of attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for incarcerated women and those recently released from jail, and found that attending meetings at least once a week increases the likelihood of a successful recovery. Researchers from Butler Hospital at Brown University noticed that incarcerated women are significantly understudied, despite the growing number of female prisoners, and wanted to look into the treatment of alcoholism in this population.
The prescription drug Naltrexone, a narcotic antagonist used in some recovery treatment programs to help control alcohol consumption in alcohol-dependent adults, has been found to effectively treat both men and women despite large disparities among gender-related factors that complicate treatment. A new study has found that women undergoing substance abuse treatment for alcohol dependence respond to Naltrexone similar to male patients on a wide range of measures.
Naltrexone is an opioid receptor antagonist used primarily for treating alcohol and opioid dependence, as it helps reduce cravings for drugs and alcohol. A new study has found that combining naltrexone with the antidepressant sertraline (Zoloft) is better than either drug alone in reducing relapse for alcohol-dependent people who also suffer from depression.
Alcohol weaves its way through all elements of society. In youth, many see it as a rite of passage and, and underage drinking as a way to defy authority. College brings parties with beer kegs and jello shots. Binge drinking is a regular occurrence on college campuses across the country. As we move into our career lives, alcohol remains a part of the social scene. We hang out with colleagues after work at a wine bar, or have that notorious three-martini lunch. Holidays, weddings, birthdays – they are often associated with alcohol intake.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has proven to be effective in helping alcoholics to keep their drinking habit at bay. According to a Science Daily release these meetings may also help to alleviate depression.
The cost of treating those affected by alcohol abuse or alcohol use disorders is threatening to cripple NHS hospitals, the BBC reports. If the heavy drinking trend continues, the burden will be unsustainable, the Royal College of Physicians and NHS Confederation say.