Dangers of Detoxing from Home


Healing from alcohol or drug abuse starts with a detox to remove alcohol or drugs from your system. This process breaks your physical dependence on the substance in a safe way. While there may be some circumstances where an at-home detox is safe, in the majority of cases most people need professional support in a medical facility to manage complications and avoid relapse. Our luxury detox center has been designed to facilitate safe withdrawal from drugs and alcohol and has the resources and staff contingent on hand to manage any risks and complications to keep you stable and comfortable throughout.

What Is At-Home Detox?

An at-home detox is when a doctor or medical practitioner approves and supervises your safe withdrawal from drugs or alcohol in your home environment. Ideally, an at home detox should be supervised by a medical professional with withdrawal management or addiction treatment experience. An assessment of your risks and health status must be performed to establish your suitability to detox at home.

Self-detoxes cost less than medically supervised detox but it can be difficult to avoid triggers and manage your relapse risk without professional intervention. Some people feel more comfortable in their home environment or may not have the time or resources to dedicate to an in- or out-patient program.

If you decide to proceed with a self detox despite the risks, it is important that you have access to a support person as well as a stable, safe and supportive environment at home. It’s also important that there is no history of delirium or withdrawal seizures and that you do not have any co-occurring mental or physical illnesses for your doctor to approve it.

About our Rehab Center

Our Rehab Center offers you a luxury retreat so you can get away from your day-to-day stressors and take a time-out to reflect and heal. We offer a safe haven for you to break your physical dependence on substances or alcohol and focus on your self development.

Healing an addiction to drugs or alcohol starts with a detox and having the right support team in place to guide you through it can make the difference between relapse and recovery. Our expert addiction counselors provide medical supervision so you can find focus again and start the process of rehab. Many of our staff members have been through recovery themselves and, in addition to following evidence-based approaches to treatment, can offer you insight and emotional support through the most difficult periods.

At-Home Detox vs Inpatient Detox

Inpatient detox programs are tailored to your unique needs and manage your personal risks. On admission to our rehab center, you will have an assessment of your health and mental wellbeing, as well as a chat with one of our friendly admissions staff. The outcomes of these processes will help us to determine the best course of action for your detox program.

We will consider your needs in terms of

  • Any previous detox attempts
  • Whether you have been using any other substances
  • The substance(s) you were using, its potency and the frequency with which you were dosing
  • Whether you have any co-occurring mental or physical health disorders

During our in-patient detox program you will receive 24-hour monitoring and support from our clinical team. Your withdrawal symptoms will be managed professionally and symptomatic relief will be administered to keep you safe and comfortable. Your hydration and nutritional needs will be taken care of, and our team will be available for emotional support.

Some patients, like those undergoing benzodiazepine withdrawal, will need to have a tapering schedule developed and professionally administered. Through the systematic management of the withdrawal process, your risk of relapse is reduced. Because drug and alcohol detox is unpredictable, 24-hour medical supervision is the most effective way to manage your risks.

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The Dangers of Alcohol Detox at Home

Alcohol withdrawal produces symptoms that are unpredictable to manage at home and while drinking patterns can usually be used as a guideline of what to expect, research shows that 24-hour monitoring is the safest way to detox from alcohol. When you detox from alcohol at home, you are at risk of relapse as you do not have the psycho-emotional support to guide you.

Alcohol withdrawal can cause some mild symptoms initially, however these can escalate, and develop into potentially life threatening symptoms very quickly. In patients who have been drinking for 10 years or more, the possibility of developing delirium tremens is a risk that needs to be managed as it can be life-threatening. Malnutrition and vitamin depletion is common in patients who detox from alcohol, and needs to be professionally managed to avoid serious medical complications.

Underlying mental and physical health issues can be triggered through the process of alcohol withdrawal, and can cause complications that you are untrained to deal with during an at-home detox.

The Dangers of Drug Detox at Home

If you detox at home you may be unprepared to deal with your withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms are usually relative to the amount of time you have been abusing a substance and the amount you have been taking. When you do a home detox you are at risk of mental health complications and a protracted withdrawal.

When you detox from drugs in your home environment you are at risk of relapse. Relapse rates are very high for substance use disorders, because many patients relapse by self-medicating in order to alleviate their withdrawal symptoms. With relapse comes the danger of overdose; because it is difficult to establish a safe dose once drugs or alcohol have been cleansed from your system.

Certain substances, like benzodiazepines need to be eliminated through a tapering approach, and this needs to be monitored constantly. Opioids are very uncomfortable and distressing to detox from, and some patients may need substitute medication to be administered. Alcohol is one of the substances that should follow a supervised withdrawal program because its withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening.

Why Choose United Recovery CA for Inpatient Substance Detoxification?

Many of our team members have first hand experience in detox management because they were once in recovery too. They offer psycho-emotional and symptomatic support to help you through the most uncomfortable parts of the process. Our rehab center offers total confidentiality and support as you work towards breaking your physical dependence on alcohol or drugs.

Our detox program is tailored to your needs so we can assist with dual diagnosis treatment or any other levels of specialty you may require. Our detox program usually lasts for 10 to 14 days and prepares you to enter a rehab program.

Long Term Recovery

Going through withdrawal can trigger mental health and medical complications and if you attempt to detox at home, it’s quite likely that you won’t be aware of them until they cause dangerous side effects. Not managing all of your physical and psychological symptoms can make withdrawal worse and last for longer.

By participating in an in-patient detox program you will be monitored 24-hours a day by a clinical team. Any new, uncomfortable or progressing symptoms will be managed immediately and professionally by our addiction specialists who know what to expect during withdrawal.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I detox from alcohol on my own?

It’s not advisable to detox from alcohol on your own at home, particularly if you have been drinking a lot, for a long time or if you have co-occurring medical and mental health issues. The withdrawal symptoms can be very severe, and they can progress quickly without medical intervention. Participating in a supervised in-patient detox is the safest way to manage your withdrawal risk and avoid relapse.

Can I detox from drugs at home?

It is always advisable to detox from drugs under medical supervision because withdrawal symptoms are variable and depend on the substance you have been using. You should not attempt to detox cold turkey from benzodiazepines, opioids and alcohol at home as there could be severe medical consequences including hallucinations, an increased heart rate and seizures.

Are there any working home alcoholism treatment remedies?

The most effective way to manage alcoholism is through a detox and rehab program. A medically-assisted detox can protect you against relapse and serious medical complications; however it must be done in conjunction with a rehab program that addresses the underlying causes and triggers. Social support is another important pillar in treating alcoholism and while individual counseling is essential, you also need a support system around you to help with the most challenging times. Many home detox kits can cause dangerous complications and should be avoided.

How do you know if you need drug detox?

Using illegal drugs or abusing prescription drugs is a sign of a drug problem that can lead to addiction. If you start to experience withdrawal symptoms when you do not have the substance or if you find that using it is having a negative effect on your life, it is time to consider detox. If you find yourself needing an increasing amount of the drug or alcohol to achieve the same effect, it is time to think about a detox.

Is home detox dangerous when abusing opiates?

Yes, home detox can be dangerous if you have been abusing opiates and your withdrawal needs to be managed through a tapering schedule. Opiate withdrawal symptoms can be very distressing and they should be managed in a medical facility to manage your mental and physical health risks. Opiate abuse can complicate alcohol withdrawal and if you have been abusing multiple substances, a medically supervised detox is the safest option for your long term recovery.

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