As people capitalize on the overwhelming availability of free information on the Internet, Do-It-Yourself guides continue to surge in popularity.
While these certainly can be incredibly useful tools in everyday life, they can be downright dangerous when it comes to your health- including detoxing from drugs and/or alcohol.
Here we discuss some of the dangers of detoxing at home from drugs and/or alcohol.
Detoxing from drugs/alcohol can be fatal
Detoxing at home is not only dangerous; it can actually be fatal in certain circumstances. The withdrawal from alcohol can produce violent seizures that can result in death. (1) This is also true for the withdrawal produced by certain drugs.
Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and others, can also produce life-threatening seizures that may result in death. (2) These examples highlight the danger of detoxing from these substances without professional supervision to ensure that death does not occur.
High Risk of Relapse
While the withdrawal syndrome produced by alcohol/drugs differs depending on the substance, they all share one thing in common- detoxing is at the very least never easy and always uncomfortable.
This, unfortunately, leads to many relapsing before the detox is complete. This can be particularly dangerous for those addicted to opioids, as relapsing after a period of abstinence puts an individual at a high risk for overdosing.
Temptation to use other substances
Another dangerous trend that often accompanies at home detoxing is using different substances of abuse to cope with the pain of the substance in which the individual is detoxing from. An example of this would be using alcohol or benzodiazepines to mask the symptoms of an opioid detox.
This can often times lead to the individual taking incredibly dangerous amounts of drugs/alcohol to ease the pain, and may even lead to simply swapping one physical addiction for another.
Everyone is different
While Do-It-Yourself guides are certainly useful in many aspects of life, we must never forget that search engines are not doctors! The reality is, every person is different and will thus respond to drug and/or alcohol detoxes differently.
Therefore, detoxing without professional supervision will always be dangerous no matter how much reading one does on the Internet.
This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.