What Is an Alcohol Detox At Home?
An alcohol home detox is a managed detoxification at your home (or another safe environment), to gradually remove yourself from your alcohol dependence.
It is usually undertaken using sedatives and/or other medicines including vitamins to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and unpleasant as well as dangerous side effects.
Alcohol home detox for many people can be an alternative to an alcohol residential rehab stay.
Home Alcohol Detox Guidelines
Alcohol detox is required when people find it difficult to stop drinking or have bad physical and mental experiences when they stop drinking alcohol.
Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and acute symptoms are dangerous and can cause seizures.
Common alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:
• Shaky hands, arms, legs and feet
• Hot and cold sweats
• Agitation, irritability and restlessness
• Anxiety, irrational fear and/or panic
• Difficulty sleeping
• Vomiting and nausea
When alcohol consumption reaches dependence levels, many people will find they have one or more of the symptoms above.
This is when a controlled alcohol detox should be used in order to withdraw from alcohol safely and comfortably.
Why A Home Detox?
Modern life and its commitments mean that not everyone can or is willing to spend the time going into a residential rehab for a period of time. Work, children and other family and life commitments mean that rehab is often out of the question.
This is where alcohol detoxification at home can be the answer when you can obtain a professional medical detox in the comfort of your own home with no disruption to normal life (although, depending on your circumstances, it’s advisable to take a short period of time off employment).
Also, alcohol home detox can be more cost-effective than residential drug rehab.
How Quickly Can I Get A Detox?
A detox can usually be arranged to start within a day or two or at a day and time that suits the client. We can help identify a suitable date and time for the specialist addictions nurse to attend.
How to Detox from Alcohol at Home– How Does It Work?
We will arrange for a specialist addictions doctor or nurse to visit you at your home and carry out a full medical examination.
The examination includes
• blood pressure;
• pulse and respiratory examinations;
• blood analysis if required;
• prescribing of all sedatives – the most commonly used drugs for alcohol withdrawal are Chlordiazepoxide (Librium) and, less often, Diazepam (Valium);
• vitamins and any other medications;
• dietary advice and direction; and
• prescribing of follow-up medication to reduce cravings (Campral) following detox
Also advice on long-term recovery outcomes and direction regarding recovery groups and services.
As all our recommended doctors are specialist addictions doctors, they have a wealth of experience in treating alcohol withdrawals and can offer advice and tips to make the detox as hassle-free as well as advice on longer-term strategies to remain abstinent.
How Long Does An Alcohol Detox at Home Last?
A home alcohol detox usually lasts around seven days. This can vary slightly depending on the level of medication required to safely withdraw from alcohol.
Normally at the start of a detox, the patient receives a high dose of sedative which is then reduced over the following days as alcohol leaves the system and any withdrawal symptoms subside. During this period vitamins are normally taken to replace lost nutrients and vitamins.
How Much Does A Home Alcohol Detox Cost?
Home detox is a cost-effective way of coming off of alcohol by providing the best care possible out with a residential clinical environment. The cost of a home detox can be delivered at a fraction of the cost of an alcohol rehab residential programme.
The type of detox required and the length of detox determine the cost. Our home detox prices are based on the logistics and staffing costs of the medic and associated medications/equipment and are the best value detoxes in the UK.
Unlike some other home detox companies or suppliers, our detoxes are the most comprehensive as well as the most thorough and professional on the market.
What Happens After The Detox?
The detox is the first stage to a life of abstinence. Once the detox is complete, clients should embark on a post-detox strategy to remain abstinent. Attending therapy can help you cope with the reasons for drinking excessively as well as providing tools and strategies to cope with cravings.
We would strongly advise undertaking an aftercare therapy package as it is a proven route to overcoming alcoholism.
As different people respond to different therapies and aftercare treatments, our team can provide information and arrange a suitable therapist local to you. Many people also find attending an abstinence-based support network also extremely helpful in remaining sober such as Alcoholics Anonymous and the SMART recovery network.
Why Get An Alcohol Home Detox From Detox Plus?
Detox Plus is the UK’s leading alcohol residential treatment and detox centre. We recognise that many people are often unable to commit to residential rehab but still require treatment and would prefer this at home.
You can rest assured that Detox Plus always have the client’s needs, thoughts and requirements at the very top of our priorities.