Don’t believe someone if they tell you that you’ll enjoy detox. Purging your system of drugs you have become dependent on throws your mind and your body for a loop. Detox can bring on symptoms so severe that you may want to use even more drugs. Unfortunately, many try to go it alone and detox at home without realizing how hard – and dangerous – it will be. At Solution Based Treatment, we offer medically supervised detox as part of our substance abuse treatment programs to help people stay as comfortable as possible. Contact us to learn more at 833.999.1941.
Risks of Trying to Detox at Home
There are a variety of factors that can make detoxing at home very dangerous. These include a poor diet, poor overall general health, or the taking of certain medications that can adversely affect the detox process. Withdrawal without medical assistance can cause seizures, depression, disorientation, nausea, and in some cases, tremors, seizures, hypertension, hallucinations, mania, and delusions.
The most serious risks of at-home detox are:
- Overdose – It’s all too easy to overdo it after trying to detox at home. Because your body chemistry changes, your body can react differently to even a very small dose of the drug after a detox period. If you are not under medical supervision during detox, this can be deadly.
- Relapse – Without supervision, the risk of relapse is much greater. The severe withdrawal symptoms, along with intense cravings, are hard to control on your own. Because of this, many end up going back to the drug to ease the pain of withdrawal.
- Medical concerns – Pre-existing medical conditions can be aggravated during detox. So, it’s important to have medical care at your disposal during this process. You don’t know how your body will react to detox and what may have been a manageable medical condition could turn into a medical emergency during detox.
- Mental health issues – Co-occurring disorders are quite common among those with substance use disorders. At SBT, we offer programs specifically for a dual diagnosis so that both your mental health and your addictions can be addressed together. It’s common for people going through detox to experience panic, depression, anxiety, exhaustion, and other mental health symptoms, but with a dual diagnosis, it’s important to be able to manage all issues under medical and psychiatric care.
Why Medical Detox is a Better Option
When you go through a professional medical detox, you will be supported by a medical and psychiatric team throughout the entire process. The risk of relapse is lower because while you are constantly monitored in treatment, you can avoid slip-ups and temptations that can lead to an overdose or other medical emergencies.
Receiving therapeutic support by caring and trained substance abuse treatment specialists in a professional medical is the most effective road to recovery. Not to mention the support you receive from your peers going through the same experience. Trying to detox at home truly cannot compare to the care you receive in a comprehensive and medically monitored program.
Reach out to SBT to Learn More About Detox
In addition to going through detox at a recovery facility like SBT, you can also begin your drug treatment there. Detox is the first step in a path to recovery. It requires commitment and willingness to put in hard work. Our treatment team will work with you to design a custom treatment plan that works just for you.
At Solution Based Treatment, we offer these programs following detox:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Residential addiction treatment
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Sober living program
Call us at 833.999.1941 with any questions you have. Our caring and professional team is on call to help.