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Can I Detox from Drugs at Home?

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Can I Detox from Drugs at Home?

A drug detox program is the best first step in a lifelong journey of recovery from addiction. While it is possible to detox at home, breaking the cycle of a drug or alcohol addiction by removing every trace of the harmful substances that are causing you, your family, friends, and life so much pain is most accomplished under the friendly care of medical professionals at a drug detox center. If you are suffering from drug or alcohol use and are ready to reclaim your life, reach out to New Start Recovery online, or call us at 833.433.0448 today to discover what role our drug detox program can play in your new life of sobriety.

What Is Drug Detox?

There are many substances capable of altering the brain and impacting how you feel daily. These drugs are addictive and dangerous when used in excess. This is because when you use them over some time, they become the only way to feel normal. Stopping their use, in turn, can bring on extreme withdrawal symptoms. Some of the drugs that have been known to cause a withdrawal include:

  • Alcohol
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Opioids
  • Meth
  • Benzos

Addiction to a drug or alcohol creates a physical and mental dependency. Your body and mind begin to need more and more substances to function and feel normal. To break this dangerous cycle, you must first go through a withdrawal period called detoxification. It is possible to detox at home but doing so comes with severe risk. Detox should always take place under the care of a medical professional at a drug detox center like New Start Recovery.

How to Detox Safely

Medical Evaluation

The first step of a successful detox is something you cannot get during detox at home. This step will screen you for physical and mental health issues and look at your entire medical history. At this time, you will have a blood test, and those results will help the staff at New Start Recovery determine the number of drugs currently in your system and the amount of medication required to aid in your detox.

Withdrawal Management

Suppose your detox is not done properly at a medical facility like New Start Recovery. In that case, the symptoms of withdrawal can be physically and mentally severe and lead to a dangerous relapse, which can lead you to fail and begin using drugs again in earnest. Some side effects of drug detox withdrawal include:

  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Heart problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Preparing for Rehab and Treatment

Once you have completed your drug detox program, once every last trace of the substances has been completely and thoroughly removed from your system, you’ll be prepped for a drug treatment program. There, you will receive therapy, work through past trauma or any co-occurring disorders working in concert with your drug or alcohol addiction, and learn essential life skills that can set you up for a happier, healthier life.

The Dangers of a Detox at Home

You should never attempt to detox at home, or on your own, without trained and compassionate medical supervision. Detox at home could lead to a relapse as you won’t have a skilled team of professionals monitoring your progress through withdrawal. The result of relapse could be fatal at this critical juncture, early in your recovery journey. A drug detox center will supervise your detox, provide care, attention, and, if needed, medication to manage the withdrawal symptoms. Detox at home could result in negative health consequences such as:

  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Delirium
  • Seizures
  • Mental health issues

Learn More at New Start Recovery

If you or someone you love is suffering from substance abuse and you are ready to start down the path of recovery, contact New Start Recovery using our secure online form or call us at 833.433.0448 today to learn more about how our drug detox center can be your best first step toward sobriety.

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