Alcohol Detox at Home
Note: Detoxing from alcohol at home can be physically dangerous. Do not attempt alcohol detox at home without the assistance of a trained medical professional.
Many people who are addicted really want to stop drinking, but they’re not sure how to do it. Heavy drinkers can also face frightening and dangerous side effects as they detox, including “the shakes”, fevers, or seizures and hallucinations. While it’s not your fault that you’re addicted to alcohol, once you realize you have an alcohol use disorder, you may not be sure what your first step to recovery should be. Alcohol detox at home may sound challenging, but when you’re getting help from a clinical team experienced in addiction and recovery, it can be far more comfortable in many ways.
Why Alcohol Detox at Home?
Addiction to alcohol is one of the most common addictions in the world. In many places in the US, however, there is still stigma attached to alcohol addiction. It’s no wonder so many prefer alcohol detox at home, where they can get help in a quiet and comforting environment.
Many people wonder how to detox from alcohol at home safely. The truth is that you can’t safely do it without assistance. When you’re detoxing from alcohol, you will experience withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal treatment from home requires treating symptoms and making sure you’re medically okay. Alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous, which is why it should be overseen by medical professionals.
What is Alcohol Withdrawal Like?
For every client, the withdrawal experience is unique. Some people will experience some withdrawal symptoms very intensely, while others may have few symptoms at all. Sometimes it’s true that some people who detox from alcohol after many years of have drinking have the worst symptoms, but it’s not possible to predict each individual’s reaction when they’ve removed alcohol from their daily life.
Having a detox nurse monitor your symptoms, while overseen by a doctor, can help you cope if any problems arise. There are a variety of things of over-the-counter and prescription drugs that are available to help with any withdrawal symptoms. The detox nurse is with you to help you remain comfortable and even help you make decisions about your recovery.
Some common alcohol withdrawal symptoms are:
- Anxiety or other mood swings
- Tremors in the hands
- Headache, nausea, or vomiting
- Clammy hands or sweating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Insomnia or fatigue
Other more severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms require medical attention. People can have fevers, hallucinate, or have seizures. Delirium Tremons can cause severe hallucinations and delusions, but it’s only seen in about 5% of alcoholics.
Other symptoms are worrying but can be controlled. Some people may have high blood pressure, for example.
For most people who detox from alcohol, there will be symptoms that are uncomfortable but not life-threatening.
How Alcohol Detox at Home Helps
A supportive environment, proper hydration, and treating withdrawal symptoms are all parts of detox that people need when they’re detoxing. Alcohol withdrawal treatment at home is preferred by many people for a variety of reasons.
Here are some of the reasons that people choose to detox from alcohol at home:
- Clinical Care: A detox nurse supervised by a doctor will make sure that you’re getting the fluids, medication, and nutrition you need. Members of our clinical team will spend time with you, monitor your progress, and help you plan your next steps to recovery.
- Medication for Symptoms: Withdrawal isn’t fun, and some people have symptoms that are hard to cope with. If an over-the-counter or prescription medicines will alleviate your symptoms, the doctor can prescribe them for you, and the nurse can dispense them. (You don’t have to leave the house to get the medications, either.)
- Privacy: Many people also prefer the discretion that home detox can offer. If you’re worried about the stigma of going to a detox center, home is a better place for you to be as you experience your detox.
- Comfort: You’ll also be surrounded by the things you love. If you have a pet, you can spend time in its company. Loved ones can come by if you want them to. You can stay in a comfortable bed and do your best to relax. You’ll have more control over the environment and experience as a whole.
- Recovery Assistance: There will probably be alcohol-related items in your home that remind you of drinking. These can be significant triggers to drink again, but you may need some help parting with them. The trained detox staff can help you recognize triggers and minimize their presence in your home, even if it means moving some things around for you.
These are some of the main reasons that you might want to detox at your home. You’ll have both emotional and medical support while you go through the first few days of sobriety. Some people begin to experience withdrawal within 12-25 hours of quitting drinking, but for more severe symptoms, it’s 2-3 days. It’s a good idea to have a lot of help along the way as you get sober.
Are you thinking of detoxing from alcohol at home? Home-based detox treatment can offer you a personalized, discreet and compassionate experience. Get more information about your options and how we can help. Contact MD Home Detox today at 888.592.8541. All phone calls are 100% confidential, and we will answer any questions you have.