Alcoholic delirium (delirium tremens, “squirrel”)
Delirium states (alcoholic delirium) are accompanied by an influx illusions and hallucinations, which can be frightening and threatening, which accordingly affects the patient’s behavior.
Alcoholic delirium develops on the 2–3rd day after the cessation of drinking.
It is preceded by a period of anxiety, emotional stress. Sleep at this time is restless, full of terrible dreams. Then, at night, illusions arise, most often auditory and visual, which are complemented by sudden hallucinations, which are rapidly growing.
The content of hallucinatory images can be varied, but real or fantastic animals of small size prevail among them. As a rule, they “treat” the patient aggressively and insultingly threaten, scold, try to harm.
Under the influence of the described violations, the patient’s behavior changes significantly. He becomes agitated and acts according to the developed hallucinations: he runs away from mental pursuers, turns to friends and the police for help, can commit aggressive actions towards others (up to crime).
He can even kill, and then he will say: I I don’t remember anything! And he will be right, so to speak, — he really does not remember anything, because. committed acts with an altered consciousness.
Often with delirium, the general condition of the patient is extremely severe. The patient is in bed. Productive contact with him is impossible due to confusion. Speech production resembles a “speech vinaigrette”, a persistent stereotypical repetition of some words. The patient is completely disoriented in space and time, but retains orientation in his own personality.
Somatically alcoholic delirium as well as withdrawal syndrome аccompanied by a sharp reddening of the skin, sweating, tachycardia, headache, feeling of weakness, insomnia.
Treatment of a delirious state of alcoholic origin is complex.
In the early stages, sedative and detoxification therapy is carried out, measures to maintain the vital functions of the body, primarily the cardiovascular system. The therapy is carried out in a hospital setting.
But this is not a guarantee of success, so to speak, in treatment. In especially severe cases, even in a hospital, if a patient cannot get out of the “squirrel” for three days, despite the ongoing treatment, everything can end in failure — cerebral edema and mortality. And no diuretics and other drugs will help. Despite medical efforts.
Therefore, it is better for relatives not to allow all this, but to seek medical help in a timely manner, even if the patient is initially against treatment. And they often brag at first and perceive everything “with hostility.”
When you turn to us for medical help, the removal of alcohol dependence and the treatment is “soft”, without turning into alcoholic delirium (delirious tremens), alcoholic epilepsy, etc.
Treatment of chronic alcoholism in Odessa and withdrawal from binge in Odessa follows a proven author’s method.
Craving for alcohol disappears the very next morning and this confirms the effectiveness of this treatment method.
Completely blocks cravings for alcoholic beverages.
Even if the patient has been drinking alcohol continuously for many years.
Possible home delivery within Odessa. If the arrival at work (Odessa Regional Center for Emergency Medical Care and Disaster Medicine or to the office on Dunayevsky) is then treatment on the first day is free.