locolorenzo22, BSN, RN 1 Article; 2,396 Posts Specializes in Ortho, Neuro, Detox, Tele. Oct 27, 2008 Every patient has a different story.....I whole heartenly agree with Daytonite....this is a profession for a reason, not a "job". I work on a neuro floor, so we get a lot of detox patients if they aren't "critical". There was a 27 yo who came in so beat up and drunk, that he was convinced we were all aliens and he needed to get off the ship. I convinced him that I was "on his side", and he needed to stay in the room to keep safe....giving me time to work on my plans. I was then off for 2 weeks...when I came back in, he was there and he asked me "were you the one "on my side"?" I was, and he was embarrassed about his delusion....he admitted to me that he was trying to drink himself to death, but after seeing people like us care for him...he realized what he was doing. It's tough to see people killing themselves slowly or quickly....we give the care we can, but remember to always value the relationships in your life...you never know when that is what saves someone.