During the current pandemic, people may feel more comfortable detoxing on their own time, at home. The advantages include privacy, as well as a familiar environment.
If you are alcohol dependant, The safest way to detox from alcohol in your own home is with medication and medical supervision. If you are adamant that a rehab facility is not for you, then Addiction Helper can arrange for a clinical nurse to oversee a medical detox in your own home. If you have medical complications such as liver disease, diabetes or a heart condition, then even this can be dangerous and an inpatient admission would be strongly recommended. Furthermore, a detox only removes alcohol from an alcoholic; it does not deal with the issues that are underpinning the addiction. If the psychological aspect of the addiction is not addressed, it is likely the person will drink again in the not too distant future.
There are a three ways of detoxing from alcohol at home, the first is to gradually reduce the amount you are drinking over a week to zero, the second is to obtain a medical detox from your GP or local drug and alcohol services and the third is to pay for a detox to be administered and supervised by a qualified practitioner who will stay at your home until the detox is completed.
Reducing alcohol should be done gradually, and opinions differ on exactly how long that should be. According to Healthline, a person should expect 4 to 5 days after the last drink to detox properly. Strategies for reducing alcohol over time include changing the amount of liquor in drinks—or even switching to drinks you don’t like as much.
Some people swear by herbal remedies to help with symptoms. While we can’t vouch for the success of most of these, some may be helpful. Meditation and breathing practice can also calm your system. But again, ask your doctor.
Again, if you do choose to detox at home, get good advice before you start. It’s not impossible—and now is a great time to do it—but it also means exercising care in the process.
Some people benefit from benzodiazepines , drugs that help reduce anxiety. Some of these are alprazolam (trade name: Xanax), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan). These may be helpful, but again, should be discussed with your doctor. Consulting with a doctor is also important if you are taking other medications for conditions such as high blood pressure.
Now that everyone is quarantined, there’s never been a better time to consider alcohol detox at home. But is it safe? Conventional wisdom says that the detox process should be done at a rehab center, doctor’s office, or other medical facility. In this article, we’ll explore some of the options—how to do it, and how long it takes—and above all, how to keep safety at the forefront.