The Problem With the “At Home Detox” Method

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An opioid epidemic at large. Booze on every corner. Cannabis is slowly becoming legalized. It’s kind of bonkers to look at the chemically driven world that we live in. Everybody wants to do everything on their pink Cloud 9 until reality catches up with them. Typically drugs and alcohol are glorified as having fun. We associate them with laughter and good times. Unfortunately too many are never warned of the harsh times that are to come once the substances have consumed you.

Detoxification- just sounds like a derogatory term doesn’t it? For addicts and alcoholics that is a word that has a sinister double-edged sword behind it. Think about it as getting pierced by that sword but becoming stronger in the long run upon healing. It’s the sword in the stone that we eventually have to face once alcoholic thinking has made itself prominent. Addiction is a disease that will only lead to jails, institutions, and death unless we are to replace the drugs with the placebo effect or recovery.

Recovery starts off at the beginning, and detoxification is that beginning. Detoxifying all the chemicals and garbage out of our systems will only help us to better function. It’s about shedding the weight that the substances have added mentally and physically- but doing so in the correct way. Many end up having to detox then relapse, then detox and relapse again in this ugly revolving door cycle because of half-assed attempt at getting clean like at home detox. Sometimes when you want something done you have to put in 100%.

2 Wrongs Definitely Don’t Make a Right

Making detox the biggest priority in your life at the beginning of recovery is vital. At home detox is a sure fire way of half-assing it that will produce anything but preferred results. Withdrawals are intimidating but only have to be gone thru once if the right measures are taken. No addict should have to stay bound and gagged by addiction if there is a key to be given.

Choosing the right detox facility instead of at home detox can seem like torture but it’s more so fear that gives the idea power. Most addicts and alcoholics will avoid detoxing for fear of how uncomfortable withdrawing from substances can be. Some of those alleged symptoms that alcoholic thinking will do everything to run from include:

  • Hot Flashes with Sweating
  • Cold Chills with Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Achy Bones/Joints
  • Overall Discomfort

Yet even with the brashness of symptoms, the remarkable thing is that once any addict makes it thru this the possibilities are limitless. Addicts and alcoholics are tough, resilient people that know how to survive through struggle and strife. However, even though we are labeled as such, we still have to climb the ladder one rung at a time like anybody else. There is always right and wrong ways to doing things, but rest assured, putting ourselves through at home detox is without a doubt the wrong way.  

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Too Much Muchness

Addiction and alcoholism are tricky mental diseases that will catch people off guard time and time again.

Once an addict’s life gets to the point of needing such help, it seems more than apparent that it was the culmination of their bad decisions that got them there. This idea is applied to any addict or alcoholic that has allowed their life to get into such a powerless and unmanageable state. It seems clear that that person’s best thinking, now controlled by alcoholism, is what lead them astray. So why on earth would this person’s decision of at home detox be trusted as a wise one?

Alcoholic thinking will take control of any good addict and convince them of certainty behind their irrational decisions. You see, it’s imperative to keep in mind that alcoholism is a double agent disease that will convince its host that good things are happening while they continually harm themselves. It’s truly a disease of mental blunder.  

Dirty Body in a Dirty House

At home detox is a poor idea not only because of the temptations but also because of the lack of medical staff. When the detoxing commences, our bodies are depleted. Sometimes patients at a facility will be hooked up and monitored on an IV because of the level of dehydration. Other times patients at a proper detox may need their vitals taken regularly to check on their blood pressure amongst other heart-related complications. Sticking to hearty health foods will also encourage healthy brain functioning. Healthy foods and services are offered at most medical detox establishments but are something you will rarely see in the scene of an at home detox.

At home detox allows any good alcoholic to sit in and contemplate their sickness. The beginnings of any good recovery start with help from others. This help includes healthy patterns of sleep and exercise being pushed onto the alcoholic whilst trying to make it through the body’s torturous way or regulating itself. It’s all connected- the mind, body, and soul. A proper detox versus at home detox will help to push a sober agenda focusing on all three pieces of health instead of feeding into the alcoholic ones that rule our thoughts while at home. At home detox is a decision usually made by somebody who has been using- so why not try something somebody who is not using recommends? A good detox is the best way to distract from the withdrawal discomfort as we come out on top never having to look back.

Your Body is Your Home

We all lead different lives, but at the end of the day, a lot of us deal with similar issues. Addiction and alcoholism will convince us of our right doings when they’re wrong. Allow yourself to truly benefit from stepping out of that grandiose comfort zone. If you or your loved one is in need of detoxification due to substance dependency, please call 888-481-1993 or visit Our team of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.    

Content Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.