If you are addicted to physically addictive drugs such as heroin, alcohol and benzothiazines, then it’s never a good idea to undergo detox at home. To do so could mean you experience a range of potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
Home detox is unsafe. Abruptly withdrawing from physically addictive drugs usually gives rise to excruciating withdrawal symptoms. When you undertake a detox at a rehab clinic, you will be given substitution drugs that allow you to detox slowly.
Undergoing a gradual detox with the help of medication helps to eliminate the vast majority of painful withdrawal symptoms. The most deadly withdrawal symptoms are seizures, high blood pressure and cardiac strain.
Is undergoing an alcohol detox from home dangerous?
As stated above, alcohol is classed as a physically addictive substance. This means you are likely to experience physical withdrawal symptoms when you detox from alcohol. It’s never a good idea to suddenly cease your alcohol intake when you are alcohol dependent. You will begin to experience hallucinations. You could even suffer from a seizure or convulsions.
When you undergo an alcohol detox from a rehab clinic, you will be given a pill known as Librium. Librium allows you to detox without these withdrawal symptoms. You will begin with a high starting dose of Librium and this dose will then be gradually reduced over the next five-to-seven days.
During this time, medical professionals will monitor your progress. This level of care is also beneficial because these professionals will know exactly what to do if you begin to suffer from a seizure or convulsions.
Below, we list the most common forms of alcohol withdrawal symptoms that will be treated at an alcohol rehab clinic:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Excessive perspiration
- Heart failure
- Digestive problems
How to detox from alcohol?
The severity of symptoms will vary depending on the amount of time you have been addicted to alcohol for. To determine the level of symptoms you may experience before your detox begins, a psychiatrist will carry out an initial assessment.
Those thought to be at the greatest levels of risk will be given a higher dose of Librium. If you are detoxed from a rehab clinic, the clinical staff will be in charge of handing out your medications.
If you are still experiencing painful withdrawals symptoms after you have taken your medication, the clinical staff may agree to increase your medication until you begin to feel more comfortable.
If you do elect to undertake a detox from home, then it’s important that you do not attempt to do so without somebody there to supervise your health condition. This person will be able to dial the emergency services if your condition begins to worsen.
Whilst you detox, it’s important to take vitamin and mineral supplements. B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium and glucose powder are particularly beneficial. If you undertake a detox from a rehab clinic, then you will also be given thiamine injections.
Some final words
Rehab Recovery is a free helpline that helps you connect with suitable rehab clinics in your local area. We work with more than 70 clinics across the United Kingdom and abroad.
We recommend both inpatient and outpatient treatment. If you are addicted to alcohol or opiates, then it’s likely we will recommend you to a residential clinic. Here’s you will receive the required amount of care and support, and medical experts will be on hand in case of an emergency.
You can contact our helpline today on 0800 088 66 86.
Keith stopped using drugs and drinking alcohol more than 10 years ago. He now spends a lot of time writing and editing content for this website. His mission is to assist people who are also looking to embrace addiction recovery. Keith believes a key way to accomplish this goal is through his writing.