Chronic, excessive drinking can lead to physiological tolerance and dependence on alcohol. When this dependency exists, a person will need medically supervised detoxification to safely stop drinking or serious and even life-threatening conditions can occur. Seizures, delirium tremens (DTs), or death are all possible if alcohol withdrawal is not medically managed.
Imagine you have the worst flu, and the worst panic attack – at the same time. That’s kind of what acute withdrawal feels like. Those who have experienced this without medication, support or safety may be so afraid of that feeling that they will continue to use – no matter the consequences.