Considering the nature of the addictied brain, the person trying to stop will most likely not like to see a doctor. But if a person has once had convulsions or very bad withdrawals, DT's or delirium tremens can cause death. That requires hospitalization if they begin.
It is best to avoid these at all costs. But if the person is absolutely unwilling to enter treatment this person should ...
... enroll in a recovery program or attend as many support groups (AA, NA, CA, 12 Steps, etc) as is necessary to remain clean and sober.
It was customary before the advent of treatment facilities in the early '80's for members of the groups mentioned above to help the addict to recover by "baby-sitting" them.
Persons who try to detox “at home” run the risk of days or weeks or months of needless suffering, of relapsing and, in the case of alcoholism, of the risk of dying from cold-turkey withdrawal.
This is an absolutely true statement. But if the addict will not - or financially cannot - get treatment, the following process can be tried. IT CAN ONLY WORK IF THERE IS A WILLINGNESS OF THE ADDICT TO STOP.
Ninety-nine point nine nine percent of the time the addict cannot do it by themselves. Previously, persons who have been through the recovery process themselves often "pay back" their debt to others who helped them by doing the baby-sitting. First these people pour out ever drop of alcohol available to the alcoholic. This is most often not necessary as it has usually already been consumed. These people will save or buy a pint or two of some whiskey and sit with the person who is willing to detox. Every hour a large water glass of orange juice and two or three tablespoons of honey are given the alcoholic. When the real "shakes" begin, and ounce of whiskey is doled out to the alcoholic. Depending on the severity, this is done for a couple of hours, then the period between shots is increased until no alcohol is consumed. This process can take two or three days, days without sleep for the patient.
After the person has "dried out" they should continue to be in the company of like-minded people for several days, preferably months and years.
It takes three to five years for behaviors to change sufficiently for a good recovery to begin.
They should not be left to their own devices and allowed to convince themselves that they are better off drunk. Nor should they associate with the persons they once associated with, nor go to the same places where they used to hang out, or practice the same behavior they have in the past. Becoming sober does not change behavior. A thief will still be a thief. This is where the new associates of one of the groups Dave mentioned is absolutely necessary. They have a process that, when used, that can be used to change the behavior of the addict.
AGAIN DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF! Some sober personS
should always be around just in case the worse happens and the convulsions of the DT's begin. AND THIS PROCESS SHOULD BE THE LAST RESORT.
One last note. A book will NOT give one sobriety. One cannot think themselves into a new way of acting, especially with the impairment of chemical addiction to the brain. This past year some yahoo has been advertising an easy way to stop your addiction on TV. There is no easy way.
It is worth the effort, though.