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Can you detox from alcohol without going to rehab?

The answer is ‘yes’ but not alone. Home detox can be an effective step in the treatment of alcohol addiction but only when supervised by a qualified clinician. In this blog, Port of Call explains in detail how to safely detox from alcohol without going to an alcohol rehab centre and leaving the comfort of your own home.

While there are several detox options available we do not advocate detoxing from alcohol at home unsupervised. Sudden withdrawal from alcohol, and other drugs, can be extremely dangerous – life threatening in some cases. Which is why we always stress that the detoxification process should be carried out as part of a gradual and structured programme by a medical professional.


Detox from alcohol at home

How can I detox at home?

A home detox – where a registered clinician oversees a structured detox programme at your home – can prove to be a very effective addiction treatment option for certain people. The benefits of a home detox are many and varied. You can begin immediately, with no waiting lists or risk of delay because Port of Call can normally organise a home detox programme within a couple of days.

We only work with the best clinicians to ensure you experience a safe and comfortable withdrawal, surrounded by loved ones in the comfort of your own home. It’s a convenient, safe and cost-effective alternative to residential treatment. Plus, we’ll also ensure that your home detox is supported by ongoing therapy for as long as you need it.

When is home detox not appropriate?

In some circumstances, sudden alcohol withdrawal can cause hallucinations, convulsions, and even seizures that could ultimately result in death. As such, the first few days of alcohol detox are the most critical and dangerous. In severe cases of dependency, round the clock supervision and care might be the only appropriate course of action. In which case, alcohol rehabs present the best possible route to a safer and more comfortable withdrawal from alcohol.

A detox programme ultimately depends on a number of factors such as the type of substance you’re addicted to; the length of time you’ve been addicted; your age; your physical and mental health; and any other medications taken for health reasons. Every case is different and people with an alcohol addiction have different needs and wants. In order to confirm your need for home detox or residential detox, you should always consider speaking to one of Port of Call’s professional and knowledgable advisers for free and confidential guidance. Call today on our free helpline on 08000029010 for more information about home detox services.

Some of the symptoms of detox

As ever, withdrawal symptoms will vary on a person by person basis but some of the symptoms that can occur include: aggression; agitation; anxiety; blurred vision; confusion; exaggerated emotions; headaches; hyperactivity; insomnia; lethargy; memory loss; muscle cramps; nausea; panic; poor concentration; seizures; shakes; sleepiness; soreness and stiffness; stomach cramps or upset; sweating; and restlessness.

It’s important not be too alarmed by this list because you may not experience any of these symptoms. Even if you do, your clinician will monitor your condition closely to ensure that your detox period is as comfortable an experience as possible – whether that be at home or at a private residential clinic.

For more information about Port of Call’s comprehensive array of professional and discreet support services, please call our free helpline on 08000029010 or contact us. We can also offer information on ‘free’ rehab, if this is something you are considering.

About the author: Alex Molyneux

Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.

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