When a physical dependence has been created, it can be impossible to predict how a person’s body will respond to the detox process. Sometimes detoxing at home can be done safely, but other times—especially when substance misuse is involved—detoxing without medical supervision can be dangerous. One person’s detox experience can differ greatly from that of another person, depending on factors like
- individual weight, genetics and metabolism.
- type and manner (snorting, smoking, injecting, etc.) of substance used.
- whether more than one substance has been used.
- amount, frequency, duration of substance misuse.
Of course, detoxing at home can seem like the most convenient option. And, after all, it’s free. But is it truly worth the risk? Individuals who detox without medical supervision will not only experience a range of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, but will also be more vulnerable to major risks, such as
- Relapse (due to lack of easy access to continued treatment)
- Overdose (due to decreased tolerance for the substance of choice)
- Life-Threatening Symptoms (such as seizures or delirium tremens)
In contrast, detoxing in a professional addiction treatment facility like First Step Recovery can provide
- round-the-clock medical supervision to help prevent major complications and, if needed, medication to ease the discomfort of withdrawal.
- access to a continuum of care, including inpatient treatment, extended care, etc.
- mental health counseling to help with underlying emotional issues.
- a safe, comfortable environment away from temptations to drink/use.
- support from participation in 12-Stepmeetings.
Detoxing can often be the most difficult time in a person’s recovery from addiction. That’s why it’s so important to ensure proper care and support is in place.
If you’re in need of professional addiction treatment, contact First Step Recovery today!