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Feb 11, 2017
by vikramtarugu

Is Detoxing At Home Safe

When seriously considering cleaning up your life from long-term substance abuse and drug/alcohol addiction, the tendency is to take it on alone without the help of outside forces.  This has been proven to be the absolute worst approach when attempting to get clean and sober.  Individuals who have been consistently misusing drugs and alcohol for prolonged periods of time lack the willpower and discipline needed to effectively counteract the years of damage they’ve inflicted upon themselves repeatedly.  Intervention on behalf of a medical professional is the safest most effective remedy in the treatment of substance abuse disorders.  Self-detoxing can be dangerous and even fatal without the proper clinical settings and oversight from a professional treatment center.

Users who are slowly weaning themselves off opiates and alcohol are in a extremely delicate situation and need to be monitored 24/7 in order to ensure success in coming out of detox in one peace.  This period is the most vulnerable for the patient and it is imperative that they have some kind of safety net in place in case of any emergencies or complications when slowly tapering off substances. 

Alcohol users who cease using abruptly can induce hallucinations, cardiac arrest and convulsions that can be deadly.  A person who is severely dependent on alcohol should never under any circumstance attempt to quit cold turkey under their own watch.  Alcohol cessation is a gradual phase of elimination where the initial stages are the most susceptible to being fatal if not gone about correctly. 

Heroin and opiate users need to be equally as hyper vigilant when undergoing detoxification.  Opiates and their offshoot derivatives, opioids although not as dangerous as alcohol withdrawals can too be fatal if done incorrectly.  Recently there has been an alarming string of deaths linked to opiate withdrawals of inmates behind bars that ultimately lead to death from dehydration after being left untreated and monitored for extensive periods. 

The takeaway of the story is to caution anyone against trying to discontinue drug and alcohol abuse suddenly without the proper precautions and professional guidance being administered.  When detoxing the only way to safely and effectively treat the underlying issues is by the hands of a medically trained and licensed detox center. 

The following are just some of the symptoms of associated with opiate and alcohol detox:

  • Anxiety
  • Convulsions
  • Delirium tremens, also called the DT’s
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart failure
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Shakiness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Sneezing
  • Itching

As you can see the process of detox is no walk in the park or picnic.  There are many obstacles necessary to overcome and nobody should be expected to go at it alone, it’s just too physically, mentally and emotionally taxing on the individual who is already in far too vulnerable a state.  The first step in getting the help is a sincere desire and hope on the part of the individual to get better.  If you or your loved one is finally serious and committed to get help from the vicious cycle of alcohol, opiate and other chemical dependence then Detox of South Florida is the best and only option. 

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