Thank you for your question, and I am sorry to hear about your father. I hope he does well. There are many different explanations for the hospital course that your father has had, and I would advise that you discuss your concerns with your doctor
. I certainly have seen patients with alcohol or other drug addictions who have very long recoveries following routine admissions while their bodies attempt to detox. Obviously, the lack of the drug itself can also cause problems for some people, which is perhaps what your father's doctors
were attempting to treat with the benzodiazepines. Once a patient has been hospitalized for some time, there is also an element of delirium that can often set in, as people have a hard time orienting to where they are and what they are doing. They can seem very confused, and re-orientation activities such as familiar faces and objects can help them in some cases. As this is obviously a very complicated situation, I would advise you to continue speaking with your father's physicians. There are times that further consultations, such as to psychiatry and geriatric physicians can be valuable. Please speak with your father's doctor.