Just as with drug addictions, those addicted to alcohol should seek out a Medical Detox Center if they have a long history of alcohol abuse or are found to be a danger to themselves or others around them. This decision is not an easy one to make, as most patients will insist they can handle the detoxification process alone.
If there is any doubt as to whether the patient will attempt to harm themselves or anyone attempting to help them, Medical Detox is the best bet. Medical professionals will be able to monitor the patient and offer prescribed drugs to help them through the physical detoxification process, which you cannot do in-home detoxification.
Many patients are afraid of what detoxification involves, which is the main deciding factor for them is whether to seek out help. In these cases, it is best that a Medical Detox be selected, as the physicians will be better equipped to handle their fears as well as the outbursts that go with them. Patients have generally heard horror stories about detoxification, which will feed their fears and potentially create a dangerous situation for the patient and those helping them. It is better to suggest professional help if these fears are present.
Another deciding factor in this choice comes in the form of any existing medical conditions the patient may have. If there exist other medical conditions such as mental illness, heart disease, high blood pressure, and several other life-threatening illnesses, Medical Detox is the most reasonable option. There is no reason to risk the life of the patient simply because of their own fears if there are medical conditions involved aside from their alcohol abuse. The risk far outweighs the emotional security in these cases. A physician can monitor patients, adjust medications, and prescribe any additional medications that may be necessary during this process. A Medical Detox Center will also be well equipped to handle any medical emergencies that may arise during the detoxification process, whereas a home detox will lead to a rushed trip to a hospital that could end in disaster. Overall, it is best to consult a physician before making the decision to detox either at home or at a Medical Detox Center in order to avoid any unnecessary dangers during the process. This will ensure the safety of everyone involved and allow the patient a better-planned recovery process, including a well-lined out plan for counseling services once they have completed the physical detoxification process itself.