Home Detox Programs: Are They Putting Addicts at Risk

There are certain detox methods that can be dangerous if not done right, and one can run into such issues if done at home. For example, if one were to attempt detoxification of heroin by oneself, which is one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs, it could be very unsafe as abrupt withdrawal can be excruciating and cause very scary withdrawal symptoms, because the opioid toxins are being re-stimulated as they are brought out in the body and excreted. Rehab supervision of a gradual decrease of heroin use and proper detoxification from drug and alcohol use is very important.

Detoxification in general can pose health risks, if not done right. For example, when taking detoxing herbs in detox teas or other products, one can have nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, and headaches if the elimination process of toxic residues in the body occurs too quickly.

Another example of unsupervised detoxification that can turn dangerous very quickly would be in a sauna. Although it is an excellent method of detoxifying, if done alone it can pose an incredibly serious risk. One of the greatest problems would be from the exposure to such high levels of heat and loss of sweat, one could become severely dehydrated if they didn’t have someone watching to ensure that they receive proper water intake and electrolytes. One could become over-heated, if they don’t have the guidance of a professional to ensure that they cool down when they need to. Such lack of hydration and lack of temperature observation could lead to seizures or could even be fatal.

Detox From Alcohol at Home

Detox from alcohol at home or even at a facility, can be very unsafe. Because of the dangers of alcohol abuse, it brings about uncomfortable and undesirable withdrawals. Sudden cessation of alcohol use can cause serious effects, including hallucinations, convulsions and even seizures. Cold turkey is not recommended because it can be life threatening. Ridding the toxic waste caused by alcohol shouldn’t be taken lightly and is best done with the help of a natural rehab facility.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms can include:

  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Enlarged or dilated pupils
  • Involuntary movements of the eyelids.
  • Insomnia
  • Convulsions
  • Shakiness & Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive discomforts
  • Headache
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Delirium tremens (DTs)
  • Heart Failure

How To Detox From Alcohol Safely

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can vary in severity depending on the individual and depending on the severity of their alcohol addiction. These symptoms can begin anywhere from two hours to days, after drinking is ceased.

Alcohol detox is often looked at as a two-phase process. The first, occurs over a short period of a few days where the aforementioned detox symptoms often occur. The second is a longer phase, often extending over months in which time the brain slowly begins to regulate and the body can start to resume it’s normal functioning, however there may still be lingering symptoms of withdrawal in this phase as well.

The best way to detox alcohol is at a rehabilitation facility, the second best option is out-patient, and when there is no other way to do it, it could be done from home. Certain Vitamins such as B vitamins and specific minerals such as calcium and magnesium are incredibly important in regulating a smooth transition away from alcohol and in controlling the detox properly such so that hallucinations are less likely or muscle spasms are prevented.

If one were to go through the detoxification process at home it would be necessary that they have another person on hand to help them keep them on track, or guide them in the process, or just to be there in case of an emergency.

After that was established one would want to start by consulting with a doctor or detox professional before implementing any detoxification methods to ensure a safe withdrawal.

Next, one would want to have a plan in place in case of an emergency, one that was already worked out before embarking on withdrawal.

It would be important to remove all alcohol from the home, but as one wouldn’t want to cut cold turkey, there should be some supply to make the gradual cut off from alcohol. One could have someone there to ensure that what is used for the gradual decrease is not abused when overcome with a moment of weakness or instability.

Finally, one would want to have some herbal detox remedies and nutritional supplements as well as plenty of green leafy vegetables to help give one the necessary support to curb cravings and to ease withdrawal symptoms. Milk thistle, beta-carotene, magnesium, glutamine, and primrose oil are especially helpful to have on hand. Vitamins in pure form one would to have stocked at home would include but not be limited to Vitamins A, B1, B3, B6, C, D, and E.

During this process it may be difficult to deal with emotional and physical reactions that can ensue which is why it is important to have that other person around. There will probably be a time when the withdrawal process gets tough and having that person there can help one to achieve the completion of necessary tasks. They can also observe when the symptoms listed above are manifesting and can be beneficial in their guidance and support.

If one is able to, outpatient treatment is an excellent option to recovery from alcohol abuse and drug addiction, rather than facing it at home alone or without a trained professional.


If one can, a proper treatment facility is most advised. If one can’t, then outpatient is next best. If one is unable to do either option and to detox from alcohol at home is the only route, then it is best done with a companion and done gradually and naturally.

The truth is, one can overcome any addiction. One can live a life recovered from drugs or alcohol and turn a new page, leading a life of reward and of value, unrelated to ones past travails.

Although overcoming dependence on substance is one of the most difficult challenges to be involved in, the support and encouragement of friends and loved ones, the will of oneself to arrive at the set goal and the help of a treatment program will make it all easier, and once again, one can become clean and begin to lead a successful life.

It is a difficult road to take, but not as difficult as the one already taken. That is the key element to remember, it is always hard coming out of the hole dug, but never as hard as the digging and although many problems can arise as a result of quitting drug or alcohol dependency, more than likely those problems and so many more were already there, just masked.

When one comes out the other end with accomplishment and victory, the realization of the capability of achieving anything is so rewarding and satisfying one can have a new meaning to life, and now, set and achieve any goal dreamt up.

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