Detoxing at Home: Why It’s So Dangerous
Drug and or alcohol addiction are serious diseases and require respect when it comes to treatment. It’s not likely that most people would consider self-treating their diabetes, their Parkinson’s, or even casting their own broken arm. The risk of failure and the risk of adverse consequences when detoxing at home is too high. Then why consider the risk of detoxification at home? The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that every year, an average of 20.8 million people need treatment for illicit drug or alcohol use, but they don’t receive that treatment.
Detoxification at home is dangerous; death is a risk factor in this situation.
What’s it like?
We’ve all experienced craving a favorite food or sweet, then denying ourselves that craving and feeling very uncomfortable, agitated, or obsessed. If you’ve skipped your morning coffee, you might suffer a bad headache soon after. Amplify all of these physical and psychological symptoms by exponential proportions and you’ll understand a fraction of what people experience when withdrawing from drugs or alcohol. The first step in detoxification is withdrawal. Treatment and recovery cannot go forward without the user navigating his or her way through withdrawal. Detoxing at home from drugs isn’t the same as doing a juice cleanse to rid your body of food-related toxins. It is much more painful and can even be dangerous. Don’t mistake the two.
Alcohol Detoxification Symptoms
- Body pain
- Heart Failure
Drug Detoxification Symptoms
- Abdominal pain
- Suicidal thought
The First Step
The first step is recognizing your addiction. Then if you are ready to make a whole-hearted commitment to change, you are ready to detoxify. But don’t begin this endeavor at home on your own, because you’ll risk life-threatening reactions without any guarantee of success. The recidivism rate for those who attempt detox at home is very high, while success rates for those who are treated in a proper detoxification facility are much higher. In the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, an excellent example of a well-equipped facility is The Hills Treatment Center.
The Right Detox
In a private detoxification setting, one feels as comfortable as if they are in their own home, but with the medical and psychological support to make the withdrawal process safe and tolerable. Further, there should be a myriad of services aimed at guiding the individual through treatment and long-term recovery, specialized treatment programs to help each individual transition back to a dependence – free life. In the right residential treatment setting, and with the right guidance from a clinician like Dr. Howard Samuels and his team of professionals and paraprofessionals, you can have the right detox; no matter if you’re suffering from alcohol or opiate addictions. Don’t risk detoxing at home. Get the professional help you need by contacting The Hills Treatment Center at 866-323-4665 today.