You should never detox at home – especially now
Authored by Audra Franchini
Trying to detox from drugs or alcohol at home is never a good idea, especially right now. With most hospitals understandably focused on saving the lives of patients suffering from COVID-19, now isn’t the time to make the risky decision to try and detox at home.
Yet some may still attempt it. Why?
Here are a few reasons why someone might try and detox at home – and why it’s not a good idea.
“I’ve got the willpower. I can do it.”
No one wakes up and thinks to themselves: I think I’ll ruin every relationship I have with all my loved ones by having an addiction.
If that were the case, those same people would be able to stop using drugs or drinking alcohol on their own. But the fact is, willpower isn’t enough to stop an addiction. Much like willpower and determination aren’t enough to stop cancer, asthma, diabetes, or any other disease, they can’t be used to stop addiction either.
Whether you’re detoxing from alcohol or drugs, you need professional medical treatment. Getting these chemicals out of your body is only step one. If you have a co-occurring disorder, trauma, prone to relapse, or have underlying issues feeding your addiction, these still need to be addressed, as they could reignite the addiction.
“No one can know I have an addiction.”
So many people suffering from addiction feel ashamed and guilty and feel like they have to hide their addiction. Fear is also a factor, too: If my employer knows I have an addiction, will I lose my job? What about my doctor? Will he/she call the cops on me?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states substance abuse is considered a disability. In fact, because of this ADA designation, substance abuse disorder treatment is considered a Serious Health Condition by U.S. federal regulations and eligible for FMLA protection. You can read more about your legal and employment rights here.
Regardless, detoxing at home can be deadly, as well as living in secret with an addiction. It’s important to find people who will support you and help you through treatment.
“It’s too expensive to go to rehab.”
While some addiction treatment facilities may be expensive, Recovery Centers of America is in-network with most major insurances. That means you can receive evidence-based addiction treatment without having to worry about how much it’ll cost you. For some insurance plans, addiction treatment can be as little as a co-pay or deductible.
For those without insurance, reputable addiction treatment providers will still provide their services and help figure out the best method of payment. Read more about how RCA helps make addiction treatment affordable for all.
If you’re looking to break free from your drug or alcohol addiction, Recovery Centers of America can help. Don’t take the risk of detoxing alone at home. With RCA, you’ll have 24/7 medical supervision, comfort meds, MAT options, and an entire clinical team dedicated to making detoxification as comfortable as possible. And, because patient and staff safety are always our top priorities, we have strict COVID-19 precautions in place.
Reach out to one of our Treatment Advisors at 1-800-RECOVERY today.