Outpatient Alcohol Detox At Home

Outpatient Alcohol Detox At Home

There are different approaches to treating an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), including our Alcohol home detox programme. The necessary approach relates to the severity of the addiction, the severity of withdrawal, and individual circumstances.

There are many different ways to approach an alcohol detox. Some people choose to detox from alcohol at home by themselves, however, this can be dangerous. Others choose to attend an in-patient rehab where they stay at the facility during detox. However, there is another option – an outpatient alcohol detox program.

Outpatient care can be useful as it is less disruptive to the person’s daily life. As an outpatient, you are still able to attend work or school and you will still have regular social support from friends and family. As an outpatient of a treatment centre, you will be in regular contact with the treatment centre. You will be under supervision from a supervisor or carer. This option can be very useful for those who are unable to take leave from work, those who live far away from a treatment centre, or those who have dependent family members.
However, like any approach, there are some factors of this method to be mindful of. It is important to consider all factors when choosing a plan for your recovery.

What is A Home Detox?

Home detox is when you remain at home while detoxing from alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person, depending on the severity of the addiction. However, most people will experience anxiety, nausea, and intense cravings for alcohol. In cases of moderate withdrawal, the symptoms can be more intense. You may experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea can also be present. A heavy drinker for a long time could have a severe withdrawal, with symptoms such as seizures and hallucinations. Due to the potential mental and physical complications, doing a home detox is not recommended in severe cases. Doing a home detox yourself may be successful for a mild withdrawal, but it does increase the potential for relapse or health complications. You should always consult your doctor before attempting to detox from alcohol at home.


What Are the Steps in A Home Detox?

If you are thinking about detoxing at home, there are a few steps you should take. The first thing to do is remove all alcohol or substances from the home to prevent relapse. The next thing is to clear your regular daily schedule. Alcohol detox can be difficult and you will need some time to process and recover. It is important to ensure that you have social support while doing a home detox. Advising a trusted friend, spouse, or family member can help. It is important to make sure to eat healthy food and stay hydrated. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a medical professional if you experience some negative physical or mental complications.

What Are The Steps in An Outpatient Detox?

Outpatient detox can provide extra support and medical supervision during this process. If you are considering an outpatient detox, the first thing to do is to contact a treatment centre. You can find out more about what the program includes and whether this is the right option for you. Next, you will discuss your substance abuse history with a medical professional. This will give the treatment centre an idea of how severe your withdrawal will be and what kind of treatment you will need. Based on this information, the treatment centre will formulate a custom home detox plan for your individual needs. You are usually assigned supervision or a carer, who will travel to your home when you are ready to start the detox. During the withdrawal, you will be in regular contact with the treatment centre and have plenty of medical supervision.

Is Outpatient Detox Safe?

One of the benefits of detoxing at home is that you can be in the comfort of your own space. However, you might be wondering if this is the safest option. An at-home detox will have constant contact with the treatment centre. Furthermore, you will be provided supervision to monitor any potential complications. Your mental and physical health will be monitored and any help you require will be provided. An outpatient detox program is safe.

Who Can Be With Me During Home Detox?

As this method of detox occurs in your own home, your regular social support can be present. The regular occupants of the house, as well as friends and family, can be there during this difficult time. This is one of the benefits of home detox. Emotional support is crucial to managing emotional difficulty and it can prevent relapse.

What Are The Dangers of Outpatient Alcohol Detox?

What Are The Dangers of Outpatient Alcohol Detox?

Like any approach to alcohol detox, this method has some potential dangers. In an inpatient facility, you won’t have the opportunity to relapse. As outpatient detox is less-restrictive, this is a concern. However, if you follow the steps provided to you by the treatment centre, this won’t happen. Furthermore, as you are assigned a carer, you will be under supervision. Supervision from a carer will prevent any negative medical complications that could arise. Having constant contact with the treatment centre, discussing cravings as they occur, being in your own home, and taking any medications prescribed to you should result in a successful at-home detox.

Is Outpatient Detox Enough To Stay Sober?

Like any detox program, whether it is inpatient or outpatient, addiction is still a life-long illness. For this reason, it is crucial to plan your steps after detox. Typically, people will enter a rehab programme, join a 12-step programme, or join a fellowship in their local area. Addiction is not something you should go through alone and there is no quick cure.

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    Jason Shiers
    Author / Jason Shiers / Dip.Psych MBACP
    Jason Shiers is a Certified Transformative Coach & Certified Psychotherapist who is a specialist in addiction, trauma and eating disorders. He has been working in the field of addiction for 25 years now.

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