Many individuals who develop the symptoms of Wernicke’s encephalopathy will be able to live a full life in recovery. The change from addiction to sobriety will require an effort, however. The person will need to develop a whole new way of dealing with life. This should be a way of living which is more satisfying than anything they have experienced before. Those who have abused alcohol to such an extent that they have developed encephalopathy will often need a lot of support to stay free of their addiction – at least in the beginning. This initial help can be found in rehab or from other recovery options. It is also important that chronic alcoholics are medically supervised during alcohol withdrawals if they are at risk of delirium tremens .