Detox is the natural phase between using and being sober. The minute you put down your last drink or drug, you can qualify as sober. However, it takes up to two weeks or more for all the substances to leave your body entirely. That phase of detox can be trying, exhausting, and life-threatening if not treated properly. If you decide to detox on your own at home, it is important to know what to expect, be prepared, and be informed. People choose to detox at home for many different reasons. At the least, keep a phone number on hand for your local emergency department, a nearby treatment center like Aurora Recovery who offers detox services, or your primary care doctor.
- Your body is designed to detox, which is why you experience withdrawals: The body doesn’t like to be contaminated. Detox is evidence of that, as are symptoms of withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal are, on the one hand, the brain’s way of telling the body it actually wants more drugs and alcohol. On the other hand, it is the body’s attempt to get rid of drugs and alcohol so that it does not have to continue to suffer. Detox is a natural process your body is very good at. However, if it has been weakened by drugs and alcohol over time, it may find difficulty in overcoming and surviving the detox.
- Detox can be dangerous: seizures, convulsions, stroke, heart failure, organ failure, and more can be the dangerous side effects of detoxing- with or without medical supervision. Depending on how severely you were abusing drugs and alcohol, your detox symptoms will range in intensity. Unfortunately, you cannot predict when a seizure might come on or if your heart will stop. In a professional setting, you can be supervised and cared for immediately.
- You could go unconscious: From the pain, the cravings, low blood pressure, or other complications, you could suddenly go unconscious. Hitting your head, falling, or other injuries could result.
- Cravings will be at their worst: While the brain is scrambling to figure out what is going on as the last bits of substances leaves the body, it will go to extreme lengths to get you to use again. Cravings will be their darkest. Without someone to talk to or be supervised by you might feel powerless over your cravings and give in.
- Sleep might not be an option: Everyone needs to sleep in order to be healthy. With symptoms of withdrawal going on during detox, sleep might not be an option for you.
- There’s no telling how long it will take: Detox can last anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
- You need to eat and hydrate: You might be tempted to avoid eating because you feel sick or not drink because you’re too tired or out of it to remember.
- Not telling anyone you’re detoxing is a bad idea: People have good reasons for keeping their addictions a secret. However, not letting anyone know you’re going through this potentially life-threatening process is dangerous for you.
- Don’t do it with a juice cleanse: You need food and substance to get you through a detox. Certain ingredients in juices and a juice cleanse could potentially interact negatively with whatever you are working out of your body.
- There are ways to help yourself through self-care: hot baths, cold showers, relaxing smells and comforts- make sure you take care of yourself the best you can to get through this.
Aurora Recovery Center offers detox services for any kind of substance abuse. Call us today for more information at 844-515-STOP.