THE DANGERS OF UNSUPERVISED DETOX
- May 23, 2018
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines detoxification or “detox” as the process of ridding the body of the harmful toxins found in addictive substances like alcohol, heroin, nicotine, cocaine, and benzodiazepines, to name a few. The physical dependence created through regular and chronic substance use can make the detoxification process can be incredibly discomforting and, in some cases, even life-threatening.
While it may be tempting to go through the process alone to avoid the expense of professional treatment, unsupervised at-home detox can be extremely dangerous and is not recommended in most cases. At a minimum, at-home detox should be reserved for substances, like inhalants or hallucinogens, that are not specifically known to cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms and it should never be attempted unless vetted and approved by a medical professional.
The symptoms of detoxification can extend to both the physical and the mental, and failure to address both issues at the same time can result in worsening symptoms. Supervised detoxification programs are well-equipped to handle any issues that may arise during the detoxification process. Individuals attempting unsupervised detoxification also face greater risks of relapse and overdose.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a comprehensive supervised detoxification and residential treatment program that guides individuals through all phases of the treatment process in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our facilities and find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may work for you.