The Risks Involved with Detoxing at Home

June 2, 2022

Drug detox | Gratitude Lodge

When substance users decide that they need to quit using, they generally think it is best to quit “cold turkey.” Regardless of whether you are abusing drugs or alcohol, this is not the best option. Drug detox is a necessary step to rid your body of toxins and harmful substances. Addicts typically suffer some form of withdrawal, causing a host of symptoms to begin. Many of them last for some time. This is why undergoing drug detox in a rehab center is the best and safest route. 

Drug addiction is a disease and like any other disease, requires medical treatment to manage. Addiction is not something you can overcome on your own because of the dependency you develop on drugs and alcohol. There are two types of dependencies, physical and psychological. 

  • Physical dependence is the way the body adapts to the drug, requiring more of it to achieve a certain effect and eliciting drug-specific physical and mental symptoms if drug use is ceased. 
  • Psychological dependence refers to the belief that you need the drug to do certain things like sleeping, socializing, or functioning normally.

Along with dependencies, let’s take a look at the risks involved if you attempt drug detox at home.


First, it is important to know that most drug detox requires medical treatment to be successful. In order to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms or even life-threatening symptoms, a drug like benzodiazepine, for example, requires a tapering process where a doctor will lower the dosage through prescription to wean the body off the drug instead of quitting all at once.

Opioid addictions are nearly impossible to quit without medical help and sometimes require a prescription to counteract the opioid. Severe symptoms of opioid addiction include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea/vomiting
  • Cravings

Alcohol detox generally does not require any medicine to detox but withdrawal symptoms can become severe if not monitored properly. Severe symptoms of alcohol addiction include:

  • High pulse
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Confusion

The chance for delirium tremens increases with at-home alcohol detox. Delirium tremens is a severe condition that occurs in longtime alcohol users and causes agitation, fever, hallucinations, delirium, and seizures. It requires medical treatment to manage and if not properly treated, it can result in death.  


Your mental well-being is important when trying to detox. Mental health disorders can lead you into addiction and these disorders can occur as a result of addiction and trying to get clean. Drug detox near me at Gratitude Lodge includes therapy so you find ways to restore your mental health and combat withdrawal symptoms. With co-occurring disorders, it is important that they are treated simultaneously to give you your best chance at success. Mental disorders can often lead to relapse if not treated properly.

A lot of withdrawal symptoms can easily lead you back into using because you think that is what made you feel better or it seems easier and more comfortable to return to using rather than fighting off the symptoms. In a drug detox and rehab center, doctors can prescribe medications to help combat symptoms, like anti-nausea medication or antidepressants.


If you try drug detox at home, the chance for relapse is high because the withdrawal symptoms can easily lead you back into using. You believe that using made you feel better and more comfortable, so mentally it seems easier to use rather than trying to fight the symptoms.

Your body is trying to learn to function without the drug in your system during drug detox, and your tolerance level is no longer the same, which may result in an overdose. In a drug detox rehab center like Gratitude Lodge, we work with you under medical supervision to make sure relapse does not occur and avoid the possibility of overdose.


Drug addiction causes damage to your body and organs. The two biggest organs affected are your liver and kidneys. If these organs are no longer functioning properly, then it can cause medical issues to surface and require proper treatment. In drug rehab, medical staff monitors your conditions to get you the proper care and treatment you need.


Drug detoxing in a rehab center allows for round-the-clock care from doctors, nurses, and therapists. It also allows you to be around others who are in a similar situation, so you can connect and support each other through this difficult journey. That support continues on into the rehabilitation process where you receive continued therapy, and counseling, and attend meetings that help keep you on a path of clean living. You learn how to manage life without returning to alcohol or drug addiction.

If you are in search of a drug detox near me, Gratitude Lodge in Newport Beach and Long Beach have top-of-the-line detoxing facilities with professional staff and a medical team that will provide expert care and gets you into the proper treatment program. Check out our website to see our inpatient detox programs and contact us today with any concerns or questions. 


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