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Why Drug Detox at Home is So Dangerous

Drug detox leads to withdrawal symptoms, which may result in symptoms that can be extremely dangerous to your health and well-being. Therefore, you should never attempt detox at home without any medical supervision. While you undergo a detox, seeking professional care is not an option. It’s a necessity. 

What is Drug Detox?

Drug detox is a vital part of the recovery process, removing drug, alcohol and toxic substances from your body. Drug detox is usually very difficult, especially at first as your cravings will be at an all time high and your body may not know how to cope with them. You can think of a drug detox as the first step to a life free from the negative effects of drugs. 

Reasons to Detox at a Treatment Center

If you choose a detox center, you’ll receive the support of qualified addiction professionals who will guide you through this physically and emotionally challenging time. You’ll immerse yourself in a safe environment and significantly reduce the risk of relapse. You may also receive medications to relieve you from withdrawal symptoms. 

In addition, you’ll have a place to continue your recovery as detox is only the first step. Following detox, a professional team can design a customized treatment plan that may include a combination of medications, one-on-one therapy, group support, and other types of ongoing care that sets the foundation for a lasting recovery. 

Risks of an At-Home Detox

If you decide to detox on your own, you put yourself at high risk for withdrawal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal cramping. You may also face more serious health issues such as panic attacks, heart palpitations, seizures, anxiety, and depression. 

The severity of these symptoms will depend on a number of factors including the type of substance you used, your age and overall health, and the duration of your addiction. If these symptoms are more than you can handle, you may return to using the substance just to avoid them or in the worst case scenario, lose your life. 

Professional Detox is Essential

While it may be tempting to go cold turkey and detox at home, your chances of a safe and sustainable recovery will greatly increase if you turn to a professional treatment center. Attempting to detox without ongoing medical supervision can leave you with serious withdrawal symptoms and in the most serious cases, take your life. To take charge of your life and future, find a professional treatment to begin your detox sooner rather than later. 

Contact Footprints Beachside Recovery Center

At Footprints Beachside Recovery Center, we offer a small, luxury drug detox center near Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. Contact us today to detox from drugs and take the first step toward recovery.

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