It’s hard for friends and family to understand how their loved one, who may have been honest and forthright before their addiction, has now become an accomplished liar. They don’t understand that addicts are sick and suffering, with an overwhelming craving for the one thing that makes them feel better.
Alcohol delirium tremens, widely known as DTs, is the most dangerous result of AWS, affecting 3-5% of those going through alcohol withdrawal. Those who have been heavy drinkers for at least 10 years run the highest risk of developing DTs upon withdrawal from alcohol.
There have been many documented cases of individuals dying from heroin withdrawal. This is especially true for addicts recently incarcerated, or others undergoing non-medically supervised detoxification.