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Can You Detox from Drugs & Alcohol at Home?

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What is detox? It falls into two fundamental types that persist for some time following the cessation of alcohol and drug usage.

First, detoxification, or detox for short, is necessary to kick start the recovery process and lay the foundation for substance use recovery. It’s the process of removing substances from your body, typically with medical assistance to help navigate withdrawal symptoms that may occur.

Acute v. Sub-Acute Detox

Acute Detoxification

Acute detoxification is the first type, marked by life-threatening symptoms from substance abuse. The label acute comes from the level of risk you may experience while going through the detox process.

This determination is made from various factors, including the type of substance used, length of time used, and any medical conditions that may complicate the detox process.

A person assessed to be in acute detox should never detox from home.

Substances such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and barbiturates can result in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms such as seizures or comas. Therefore, this type of drug detox should always occur in a detoxification center where monitoring and medication management can occur 24 hours a day.

The length of time necessary to complete the detox process is determined on a case-to-case basis.

Sub-Acute Detoxification

The second type of detox is called sub-acute detoxification. This type of detox is reserved for those with less medical risk during their detox process.

Typically reserved for those who don’t have medical conditions that could complicate the detox process and are using less harmful substances. Medical monitoring is still recommended during this process but may be able to occur on an intensive outpatient or outpatient basis while detoxing from home.

This does not mean that the detox process is any shorter – it may still take days or weeks – only that the detox is not life-threatening.

How do you determine which detox would be best for you? Seek a medical assessment! Before undergoing any type of detox process or ceasing alcohol or drug usage, you must consult a medical professional to determine what the best course of action is for you.

Whether you are experiencing alcohol addiction or substance abuse, it’s best to visit a treatment facility, with proper medical supervision, to detox from alcohol or drug misuse.

Any type of detox will produce withdrawal symptoms, and it’s essential to understand the risks of what these withdrawal symptoms may produce.

Substance Abuse Detoxification Centers

If you’ve been chronically using any type of substance – including binge drinking – for a significant length of time, the recommendation will always be to enter into a detoxification center in order to receive medication management and navigate withdrawal symptoms.

While detox from home may be a possibility with certain substances, it’s still not recommended due to the level of discomfort that may occur.

Those going through sub-acute or acute withdrawal may experience the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Severe cravings for the substance being detoxed
  • Pain
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea

    In order to safely and most comfortably move into the foundational stage of your recovery, a detoxification center is an option for any substance that was chronically used, including heavy drinking of alcohol.

    These centers offer medication management to dull withdrawal symptoms, 24-hour nursing staff, as well as exposure to therapy, 12 step programs, and concepts needed to continue on your recovery journey.

PAWs & the need for ongoing treatment

Once an acute or sub-acute detox has been completed, the journey is just beginning. Unfortunately, many clients continue to experience Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWs), which can persist for up to a year.

While acute and sub-acute detox deals primarily with physical symptoms, PAWs symptoms occur at an emotional and psychological level as your brain begins to heal from the patterns of chronic use. Due to this, it is always recommended that detox be only the first step in your treatment process.

Rehabilitation Centers, or rehab, is normally the second stage of treatment after completing a detox. These programs, typically residential or inpatient, allow you to go under the surface of your addiction and get to the root of the problem while navigating PAWs symptoms.

These structured facilities include therapy, medication management, medical services, and exposure to community support for those entering into recovery as well.

The longer the time someone spends in structured treatment programs, the better chance they have of sustained long-term recovery. Do not rob yourself of the opportunity to build a foundation in recovery by only completing a detoxification program for prescription drugs or stopping drinking.

Instead, continue to build on the progress made in detox by continuing your treatment for as long as possible.

Contact Victory Bay Recovery about Treatment

Are you ready to move forward and start treatment? Then contact Victory Bay Recovery of New Jersey.

As shown above, we offer complete recovery through our outpatient programs at our Addiction center.

To schedule a consultation today, call us at 855.239.5099.

Recovery with Victory Bay

At Victory Bay we’re here to help you achieve a new life with a new start in recovery. To learn more about the variety of treatment programs we offer, including mental health, eating disorders, and substance use, contact us today by calling 855.239.5099.