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Dangers of At-Home Detox

Dangers of At-Home Detox

Substance use disorder (SUD) tends to inflict health complications and hardships on users. After a person forms a physical dependency on a specific drug, adverse side effects may begin. In addition, addicts who do not use drugs for a short time will experience intense withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, a medically monitored detox completed by professionals is highly recommended. Yet, many users will attempt to cut cold turkey and risk the chance of potential risks associated with at-home detoxes.  

Why Do People Detox From Drugs at Home?

Drug detox refers to the time and effects that follow once an addict quits abusing drugs. Depending on the drug, for instance, whether it is a depressant or stimulant, establishes the process and timeline of detoxification. Also, genetics, dependency duration, and drug use frequency determine the overall intensity of withdrawal symptoms that a person may experience.  

People who do not desire to pay for expenses associated with rehab will lean toward an at-home detox. Rehabilitation centers are pricey and can cause financial strain if the specific wellness center does not approve the insurance of the potential patient. Financial worries are a top concern for many users, which is why an at-home detox, or an at-home alcohol detox may seem like reasonable options.  

On top of that, working with professionals can be time-consuming. Unless the rehab offers various options such as telehealth services which offer flexibility for the patient to receive treatment from home, people tend to worry that treatment will force them to neglect other responsibilities. However, there are plenty of options that motivate patients and can design a treatment plan that fits their recovery goals.  

Dangers From Detoxing From Alcohol at Home

Alcohol is a socially acceptable drug that oftentimes is not seen as potentially dangerous. Since alcohol is commonly used and it may even be seen as abnormal if a person is always sober, many alcoholics will refuse professional care. Withdrawal symptoms of alcohol include depression, anxiety, headaches or migraines, tremors, seizures, and an increased heart rate and blood pressure. Potential risks that follow an at-home detox include:  

  • Seizures  
  • Shaking  
  • Agitation 
  • Relapsing  
  • Anxiety attacks 
  • Hallucinations  
  • Delirium Tremens 
  • Increased heart rate  

If a person already suffers from other medical conditions such as seizures, then it’s essential to speak to a healthcare provider or medical professional before attempting an at-home alcohol detox. If a person is addicted to a specific drug or alcohol, then the risk of relapsing or overdosing increases. Mental strain or intense cravings will encourage a person to relapse or take a higher dosage of a drug.  

If a person shows signs of overdose, then seek immediate medical attention. A person with an opioid addiction may experience overdose symptoms such as a limp body, vomiting, unconsciousness, or purple or blue skin. Overdose symptoms tend to be similar to many other abused drugs.   

How to Help Someone Detox at Home

If a person is determined to undergo detox at home, then having a trusted individual who can supervise and show support is incredibly important. There are numerous ways to properly prepare for detoxing at home, such as ensuring the fridge is stocked with nutritional foods. The body and brain undergo an intense process during detoxification, so it’s essential to fuel the system with high-dense dietary foods.  

In addition to purchasing delicious but nutritious foods, make sure you work a new schedule with your job during the time you plan on being home and detoxing. Consider all obligations and work responsibilities and ensure you will not have additional stress while detoxing at home. During the process, keep an open mind and form a support system. Social media, family, and friends are ways a person in recovery can gain and maintain support.  

Detox at Our Delaware Drug Rehab

At Banyan Treatment Center Delaware, our medical staff is dedicated to providing a clean and secure environment during the detoxification process. We understand that addiction and withdrawal symptoms are experienced differently by everyone, which is why we will design a treatment plan for you that best suits your needs. We offer unique services like our Faith in Recovery program and our family program so patients can connect with others or mend relationships with loved ones.  

Don’t hesitate to take the appropriate and safe precautions by contacting a specialist at Banyan Delaware today. Call 888-280-4763 and ask about our residential treatment program! 


Related Readings:  

How to Convince Someone to Go to Rehab 

Addiction Recovery and Employment 

Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
Dangers of At-Home Detox
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