Treat symptoms. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for delirium tremens, a potentially-fatal withdrawal syndrome of alcohol abuse. In general the goal is to treat the symptoms and gently support the person through withdrawal while keeping them alive. The important thing to remember is dt can kill you; it must be treated early and aggressively.
ER treatment. True dts, or delirium tremens, is actually quite rare. A lot of folks mistake various forms of drug withdrawal symptoms as dts. Dts occur about five days after a severe, chronic alcoholic has his or her last drink and is a medical emergency requiring hospitilizatization and sedation until it runs it's course. Dehydration is common. It can be fatal. In 25 years, I have seen only one with true dts.
Hospitalization. Delerium tremens is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that can involve nervous system (anxiety, hallucinations, agitation, seizures) and cardiovascular (high blood pressure, heart racing) changes. It can be very dangerous. Treatment with various medications (often anti-anxiety medications in the class of benzodiazepines) is used to help people withdraw safely. Read more...