(USA TODAY) -- On day three of Lowell Cauffiel's final detox from alcohol, a giant rabbit in a tuxedo and top hat tapped on the window of his second-floor bedroom.
Cauffiel, a bestselling true crime author, Hollywood screenwriter and producer purposely didn't go to rehab 34 years ago. When he abruptly stopped drinking two fifths of bourbon a day, he wanted to experience the full effect of withdrawal.
The week-long process started with the feeling that his "guts were being pulled out." He shook. He sweat. He suffered some very vivid hallucinations.
Advertisement - story continues below