I think that one of the hardest parts of getting sober is deciding to actually do it. Many of us can know all day that we have a problem and that our using has gotten out of control, but the fear of getting sick keeps us from getting sober. I used to always say I couldn’t take time off of work to get sick, so I just kept using, and I had many friends who were in the same boat. I never even considered the fact that my part-time waitressing job probably wouldn’t mind if I took a few days off, as I was a really crappy employee anyway. Every time I tried to detox on my own, I could never follow through with it. Not to mention all of the dangers that came along with detoxing on my own.
Depending on Your Drug of Choice…
Regardless of whether you’re a drunk, a pill popper, a crack head, or a junkie, detoxing is not a fun experience. However, detoxing on your own is always going to be worse than detoxing in a medical facility.
Let’s start with the most obvious roadblock – the high likelihood of relapsing.
When we are sitting at home, in our rooms, where we probably spent most of our time getting drunk or high, it is very hard to get the thought of using out of our heads. While we are sitting there writhing in pain, minds racing, staring at the same walls, it is a whole lot easier to convince ourselves that we don’t need to get sober. Or that we “just can’t do it,” that we will just die an addict death. Or at least that’s what I would tell myself. It’s insane how we crave the one thing that kills us.
When we make the decision to get sober and attend a medical detox to do it, we are immediately separated from our drug of choice, even if only for a few days. This gets the ball rolling. For some of us, even a couple of 24 hours can clear our mind enough to show us how bad we really were, and how possible getting sober is.
Up Next, The Physical Aspect
Alright, so obviously if you’re a drinker or if you like Benzo’s, you’re pretty much deemed medically necessary to detox in a facility. Plain and simple, these two chemicals can be fatal to detox cold turkey from. The reason being, the physical withdrawal can be so shocking t/programs/benzo-detox-program/o the body that they can actually cause seizures that can kill you if not treated immediately. Some people have even been sent into cardiac arrest while detoxing from booze or benzos. It is extremely important that people who fall under these two categories seek medical attention for their rehabilitation.
The detox process in a medical facility will allow 24-hour supervision for the person, as well as a system of tapering off of the drugs safely. There are doctors and nurses on-site to check vitals, and psychiatrists on hand to ensure the patient’s mental state is stable. Not to mention, a lot of detoxes have ice cream machines which are pretty awesome.
For other drugs such as cocaine, heroin, meth, etc., the medical necessity is not deemed absolute, but a professional detox facility definitely makes the whole process a whole lot easier.
For the same reasons we mentioned earlier, vital checks, doctors on hand, and other medications to ease the process. For example, for heroin, meth, and cocaine users, there will often be a lot of body aches and an inability to sleep. Detoxing in your own home can be torture, as over-the-counter medications don’t usually get the job done to alleviate these sufferings. However, in a detox facility, patients can be professionally administered medications to help them sleep, relieve the abdominal cramps and muscle aches, and soothe racing thoughts.
While it does seem strange that people who are detoxing from drugs would be given more drugs, the idea is that these drugs are only intended to be taken during their stay in the detox, and for only a limited amount of time thereafter if the person still requires them. By the way, all medications administered are non-narcotic.
The Mental Side
Another huge danger for detoxing on your own is dealing with the potential mental states that will follow the abrupt discontinuation of certain medications. Again, with benzos and booze, these can be life-threatening. Many people who detox from these two chemicals often experience severe anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. It is vital for these people to be under constant supervision to ensure their own safety.
For other drugs, there will also be the possibility of extreme agitation, irritability, anxiety, depression, and of course, the prevalence to quit and get high again. For people who suffer from chronic dual diagnosis and battle with issues like eating disorders, depression, ADHD, anxiety, etc., the medical staff in a detox can individually tailor a safe regimen of medications for the person to continue after their detox process ends. This will usually lead to a much smoother recovery process.
Overall, can we all just agree that detoxing in a trained, professional, detox facility is a safer bet for anyone who is looking to kick their habit? The accessibility to a medical staff ensures the safety and wellbeing of every person that comes through the doors. Detoxing on your own can lead to a variety of serious implications, and most often leads to relapse. Now I’m not saying it isn’t possible, but don’t you want the peace of mind in knowing that you or your loved one is in much safer hands during this process?
In Need of Detox?
It can be intimidating to know that addiction and alcoholism are always right around the corner. Sometimes getting that little push and having medical guidance can be what it takes. Relapse and active addiction/alcoholism are only as preventable as much as we value the sobriety we hold in our hands. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please contact us. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life in a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.