If you are considering attending a residential treatment program for drug or alcohol abuse, you may be wondering if you will need to start in a hospital detox setting or if you can just quit cold-turkey at home. A lot will depend on several key questions you need to answer.
What drugs have been used consistently? If you are an alcoholic, and you use alcohol on a daily or almost daily basis, you may well need medical detox. The type of drug is important because withdrawal from some types of drugs can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
How much of the substance has been used lately? Alcohol withdrawals can lead to death in some cases, depending upon how much was used and how often. Medical detox can ensure safety during the withdrawal process.
Benzodiazepines are another drug that can actually cause death during withdrawals. Benzodiazepines are tranquilizer-type drugs such as Xanax and Valium. Regular users should definitely consult with a medical doctor to see if they will need medical detox or medically-monitored tapering to get through the withdrawal period.
What about other drugs? Other drugs like stimulants, narcotics, and steroids may require medical detox simply for the fact that withdrawal is a painful and miserable process. On top of that, blood pressure levels can become dangerously high or low during withdrawal, depending upon the drug abused.
When might I detox at home? If you have been using smaller amounts of substances other than alcohol or benzodiazepines, you may be able to go it alone. That being said, it is not a decision you should ever make alone.
Allow a doctor who works with addicts on a regular basis to make that call. He or she can make the recommendation for inpatient detox, tapering, or cold-turkey with the knowledge and experience to make the right decision. Cold Creek’s Dr. John Reis has decades of experience helping patients through the detox process. Call us today 1-877-593-6777.