Ask a Psychiatrist and Get Answers to Mental Health Questions ASAP
Hello there and I am sorry about all the problems that your son is facing. I have worked as an addiction specialist for about 21 years. I have worked with many people in detox and have been the director of a dual diagnosis program. It is my opinion that your son does not have bi-polar because I believe that most of the symptoms are alcohol detox related. Have you thought of moving your son to a different detox program. Your son sounds to be like he has alcohol withdrawl symptoms called delirium tremors. Those can be life threatning but treatable. Some of my clients had those symptoms while they were in pscychiatric detox and the symptoms lasted for over a month. Those are also called wet brain syndrom in AA. Some of my client's who had deliriun tremors have been treated with Respiradol for a short period of time but not diagnosed with any disorder other than Alcoholism. The diagnosis of bi-polar is hard to make, when someone is drinking.
Did your son have any symptoms of mania such as talking very fast, not sleeping for more than 5 days, flight of ideas,(meaning he talked about one thing after another, and did not make sense, or did he think he had special powers. You have the right to ask for you son to be transfered to a different detox program. Or since he is an adult he has the right to ask to be tranfered to a different program.
Here is some information on delirium tremers
Symptoms most often occur within 72 hours after the last drink. However, they may occur up to 7 - 10 days after the last drink. I seen people who drink more and longer having them for almost a month.
Symptoms may get worse quickly, and can include:
Changes in mental function
Decreased attention span
Deep sleep that lasts for a day or longer
Hallucinations (seeing or feeling things that are not really there)