Can You Detox At Home? And Should You? Hint… The Answer is Possibly and (No)
The long and short answer is no. It’s a complete sentence. There is no reason to risk your physical health to withdrawal at home alone when there are so many good facilities where help exists. So while it’s possible to detox at home and take those first steps, the majority of alcoholics and addicts will feel much more comfortable if they go into an inpatient facility.
Medical detoxes are essential for those alcoholics who have drank for a very long time. When your body and mind become used to alcohol, there are often severe reactions to cessation. Delirium tremens are the most severe of these reactions and these can even lead to death if the alcoholic doesn’t receive treatment. Seizures are also common.
If you or a loved one has used drugs or alcohol for a long time and wants to quit, there’s so much help out there to do so. A supervised recovery is the best way to ensure that cessation of drugs and alcohol both occurs but occurs safely under the watchful eye of medical and mental health staff. It can make what is, alone, a very scary and dangerous process, a merely uncomfortable but safe process. There’s a lot of emotional and medical support in these facilities and in the modern era, there’s just no good reason that an addict or alcoholic wouldn’t prefer a safe, supervised withdrawal that minimizes discomfort and hurt.
The best news of all is that it’s easy to get into one of the facilities and to get help. Instead of detoxing at home and being scared during the process, simply go into an inpatient facility and see what they have to offer you. Not only will it be a safer procedure but it will be something that will also help you begin the journey of true recovery, with mental health support and things to help you forget drugs and alcohol in favor of a new and better life.
Dr. Vikram Tarugu, M.D, is the CEO of Detox of South Florida, Inc and medical professional focused on addiction. A veteran in the medical field with over 25 years of professional experience. He is a consultant for many South Florida Rehab centers. Patients travel from allover the US to seek his help with addiction and Hepatitis C treatment.
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