While we live in a world inundated with anti-drug propaganda, there are times when life gets the best of us, and we find ourselves dependent on a substance. It happens to people from all walks of life, regardless of what the aggressive propaganda might say. An individual with a high workload might turn to stimulants to keep up productivity and take things a bit too far. Others might take their weekly release with depressants like alcohol or benzodiazepines and find themselves in the throes of addiction.
At some point, the addicted will realize that enough is enough and that the negatives of drug abuse are outweighing any positives, assuming they’re even still present at all. At this point, detoxing is the only logical step to regaining control of their lives. While medically-supervised drug detox is the safest and most effective way to ensure your detox process goes well, not everyone has the resources necessary to pay for an inpatient experience where they’ll be monitored and coached the whole day. For this reason, detoxing all by yourself in the safety of your home may be the only viable choice.
While this situation is definitely non-ideal, it’s not something that has to be done without any sort of aid. Here are some things to consider when you’re detoxing from addictive chemicals:
Consult Your Doctor Beforehand
Certain drugs like benzodiazepines have a withdrawal process that can be fatal if the person abruptly stops taking the drug. Anyone who wishes to engage in an at-home detox needs to consult a doctor to make sure they understand the risks associated with withdrawing from a particular drug and what kind of preparations should be made.
Most drugs deplete vital nutrients with chronic use, and your doctor will be able to tell you exactly what you should be supplementing to ensure a proper detoxification process. You’re essentially rebuilding your body to its pre-drug state. You should know what building blocks you’re going to need.
Know Your Options
Once the body is dependent on a drug, it stops producing certain chemicals on its own, instead relying on the drug to provide the necessary surges of dopamine, serotonin, or norepinephrine. When someone stops taking a drug, they will experience symptoms similar to depression or identical mood disorders.
It’s for this reason that anyone wishing to begin the detox process should know what their options are as far as tapering off of a substance, or having access to a maintenance drug is concerned. Those addicted to opioids are well-served by drugs like suboxone or methadone, so the receptors that are crying out for the opioid of choice can be silenced, while the user slowly reduces their dose of methadone/suboxone until they aren’t taking any anymore.
Depending on the type of drug, there are usually different options besides cold turkey. While the behaviours that make an individual seek out drugs or use them chronically need to be dropped the cold turkey, there are biological issues that need to be addressed if someone is to detox properly. Regardless of willpower or resolve, the chronic use of drugs has changed the body. Anyone wishing to detox should know how to do it as comfortably and adequately as possible.
Choosing to stop using drugs is a necessary but difficult choice for anyone who wants to regain control of their life. Ensure you do your research to make things go as smoothly as possible and to reduce the chances of a relapse. Improper drug detox can be just as big of a hindrance as drug use itself. Be sure to consult a doctor before embarking on any home detox process.