My brother in law "fell off the wagon" this weekend. He hit bottom, drinking vodka at 10am, not eating for days and taking drinks to ward off the shakes. To make a long story short, his sister arrived at his doorstep at 10am and by 4 pm convinced him to go to the emergency room. Upon examination he still tested .16% blood alcohol at that point.
He is now in day 2 of detox. I've heard that day 3 is the worst. I think they're planning on keeping him about a week and do rehab at the hospital.
Having never gone through something like this, what should we expect in the near future? I'm thinking when he gets out his alcoholic stupor he'll deny that he has to give up drinking and that he's just going through a bad time.
Will he need someone to stay with him for a few weeks or will he be OK on his own? He's a mid 40s bachelor. We're trying to figure out as a family if we need to rearrange schedules to set up a tag team to stay with him when he gets out of rehab. What should we as a family be doing for him?