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Is Home Detox for Substance Abuse Safe?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Tuesday, 29, September 2020

Home detox can be safe if the proper precautions are taken. Quitting drugs and alcohol is a difficult process. Doing it alone at home, without professional help, is especially difficult. However, it is possible to manage withdrawal symptoms. This can be done with over the counter medication, vitamins and minerals, food, exercise, and hydration. Yet, there are still inherent dangers with detoxing at home. After you have sought out medical advice, it is important to consider the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. For example, severe alcohol addiction creates life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Whereas cocaine addiction does not potentially cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Much of the detox process is associated with intense cravings.

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If you are not able to manage these cravings safely, there is a potential to overdose if you relapse and use drugs again. Most withdrawal symptoms tend to involve, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, insomnia, anxiety, and paranoia. This could be one of these symptoms or all of them. Detoxification can also create high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and respiratory problems. Psychosis is also possible with some drugs. This could lead to paranoia, hallucinations, and aggressive behavior. If all the proper precautions are taken. And there is a plan for medical help if needed, the home detox process can be safe, under the proper medical guidance.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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