In-Home Detox – The First Step of Sobriety Starts At Home
So you’ve got a monkey on your back. Ok, maybe not a monkey. Maybe it’s more like an angry gorilla from some 1960s film about violent apes. And the only way to calm it even temporarily is to keep getting high. What’s important is that it’s painful, even terrifying, and you’ve probably given up on getting rid of it on your own.
For millions of people who suffer with addiction, this is exactly how they feel. Whatever the drug, from heroin to methamphetamine, the detoxification process can be the scariest thing they experience. Withdrawing from certain drugs can even be life-threatening. People who have suffered years of alcohol abuse are at a risk for seizures and even death in the early stages of detox. In many cases the fear of detox can deter people from seeking the treatment that they so desperately need. For a heroin addict, the fear of four or five days of intense physical agony coupled with sweats, chills, and loss of bowel control is enough to keep anyone using.
While there are plenty of detoxification facilities all over the country, they can be highly clinical and many of them do not offer the personal service that some people require as they transition from addiction to recovery. Most addicts think the only alternative is to try and go through withdrawals on their own—cold turkey—a process which can be torturously lonely and usually ineffective.
Well now there is a new solution being offered. In-home detoxification brings the medical expertise and hands-on care of traditional detox into a person’s home. People can now go through the process of detoxification safely and comfortably in a familiar environment while still under the care of doctors and addiction specialists. These medical professionals will closely monitor an addict as they go through the process of withdrawal, which can vary from a few days to a few weeks.
It may seem like a big step but in-home detox offers many benefits over traditional detoxification facilities. Along with hands-on medical care and the serenity that comes from being in your own home, privacy is obviously a big concern. Withdrawing from years of drug or alcohol abuse can be a physically demoralizing experience. Many people prefer to go through this terrifying process surrounded by their family instead of various other patients.
The important thing to remember is that detox is only the first step. Once a person is no longer physically dependent on drugs and alcohol, the mental and emotional healing begins. For most people, simply going through withdrawals is not enough to keep them sober in the long term. And anyone who goes through detox, even in the comfort of their home, should usually seek additional outpatient or inpatient care after their body has fully recovered.