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HOW TO DETOX AT HOME

Information in this section is taken from the book “How To Detox At Home”, by Steven L. Hayes, Director, and Dr. Brent Agin, Medical Director, of Novus Medical Detox Center, Pasco County, FL.

“How To Detox At Home” provides medically valid detoxification protocols to be followed for greater success with drug and alcohol withdrawal at home. “How To Detox At Home” also provides valuable information about alcohol and problem drugs, and includes various forms to be provided to your doctor.

Novus Medical Detox Center is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the development of medical protocols that reduce the time required for successful drug and alcohol detox. Even more importantly, the medical detox protocols developed by Novus greatly reduce the physical and emotional discomforts and dangers commonly associated with withdrawal from drugs and alcohol.

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What Is Home Detox?

The term “home detox” refers to tapering off from a dependent substance—or quitting cold-turkey—on your own at home instead of in an inpatient medical detox facility.

Most people who attempt home detox do so with no prearranged medical supervision to help manage the pain, discomfort and illness of withdrawal, and this can be a potentially dangerous process.

For a description of home drug detox and comparison of with inpatient and outpatient detox, please click here.

WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DETOX FROM ANY DRUG OR ALCOHOL
WITHOUT BEING UNDER THE CARE OF A MEDICAL DOCTOR

Why Home Detox Is Not A Simple Choice

Choosing to withdraw from a drug or alcohol dependency on your own is not a choice to be made lightly.

At the very least, drug withdrawal can cause such terrible symptoms that few people get through it on their own. The usual solution is to return to taking drugs to stop the pain.

But suddenly stopping many drugs or alcohol can bring about fatal seizures or heart failure.

For these reasons, the safest, most comfortable, and most successful drug detox program would be at a medical detox facility providing 24-hour medical supervision.

Why Choose Home Detox At All?

In spite of the fact that medical supervision and assistance is the safest way to proceed, some people still have valid reasons to attempt to withdraw from drugs or alcohol at home:

  • Their family obligations make it difficult or impossible to be away from home

  • They don't believe that they can afford an inpatient medical detox facility

  • They don't believe that they can afford to take the time to go to an outpatient detox facility

  • They don't believe that they can afford to be off work

  • They are concerned with having to explain to others that they are going for a medical detox program whether it is inpatient or outpatient.

WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DETOX FROM ANY DRUG OR ALCOHOL
WITHOUT BEING UNDER THE CARE OF A MEDICAL DOCTOR

Making Home Detox Work 

Anyone detoxing at home should try to duplicate as closely as possible the clinical protocols of a first-rate medical detox  facility. It is impossible to fully match the 24/7 medical care offered at such a detox facility, but the steps to better home detox provided in this section will get you as close to that as possible.

According to the authors of ‘How To Detox At Home’, a good medical drug detox program:

  • Follows proven protocols that address each patient’s unique metabolism, DNA, and health conditions

  • Provides medications to ease and facilitate withdrawal

  • Carefully monitors hydration, a critical factor during withdrawal

  • Establishes the level of health of each patient, and provides for any special needs

  • Provides nutritious food and dietary supplements to ensure the patient has the physical strength needed to get through the experience
  • Delivers the service in a soothing, comfortable environment

These points ensure that each patient is up to the task of overcoming the strenuous effects of withdrawing from drugs or alcohol.

THE THREE MAIN STEPS To SuCCESSFUL Home Detox

With the decision to recover to a drug-free life and a determination to begin the journey by withdrawing from drugs or alcohol at home, your major considerations must be to minimize the dangers and maximize your chances of success.

The information that follows is from “How To Detox At Home” by Steven L. Hayes, Director, and Dr. Brent Agin, Medical Director, of Novus Medical Detox Center, Pasco County, Florida.

Step One: Involve A Medical Doctor

If you have decided to detox at home, it is essential that before you stop taking any drug or stop drinking alcohol, you must first establish a relationship with a medical doctor.  Alcohol and many prescription drugs can be very dangerous if you just stop drinking or taking the drug. Even some of the less dangerous drugs may create problems if you have other health problems and just suddenly stop them. 

In addition, if your body is not operating properly, it can greatly increase the problems with your home detox. Starting your detox when your body is not performing optimally is like driving up a steep hill in an eight-cylinder car firing on only four cylinders. You will make it to the top of the hill, but it will be very tough.
 
Here is what we recommend:

  • Find a medical doctor who does not practice Radio Medicine.  A Radio Medicine doctor is a doctor who, if you told him that you had a noise from your engine, would tell you to just turn up the volume on the radio so you no longer heard the noise. This is their approach to treatment—they prescribe drugs that will mask the symptoms but not address the true cause of the problem.

  • Instead, you want to find a different type of doctor. They are often called “Alternative Medicine Doctors”, “Integrative Medicine Doctors” or “Holistic Doctors” – medical doctors who are interested in finding out if you have a real physiological problem that is causing the symptoms you are experiencing.   Searching on the internet or getting recommendations from friends or family are ways of locating such doctors.

  • The non-Radio Medicine medical doctor will spend enough time with you to really understand your current medical condition and discover if there are any physiological reasons that may be contributing to your use of the drugs or alcohol.

  • If any physiological problems are found, this doctor can help you cure them or start you on the road to curing them before you start your detox.

  • The doctor can then advise you if you can safely stop taking the drug or drinking alcohol. To safeguard your health, you may need to do at least part of your drug or alcohol withdrawal at an inhouse detox facility such as Novus Medical Detox Center.

  • The doctor should explain or provide:

    • Information about the drug or about alcohol that educates you as to the effects the drug or alcohol was creating in your body

    • Information about the withdrawal symptoms you may experience

    • Information about what to do and not do to make these symptoms more bearable

    • Other drugs and supplements that will help during your detox

    • Information about when and how to take these other medications and supplements

    • Information on how to monitor your vital signs—blood pressure, temperature and pulse rate—and when to contact the doctor or go to an emergency room if your vitals are out of normal ranges

    • Information on hydration,what it is and the importance of hydration, including the use of electrolytes and other substances at home

    • Suggestions on your diet

    • Suggestions on exercise to increase your natural endorphin production

    • Vitamin IV's in their offices to provide you hydration and nutrients

    • Information on how to use hydration supplements to provide adequate electrolytes and help your body stay hydrated when at home

    • Injectable vitamins to help you during your detox and shows you how to use them

    • Daily report forms that will be completed during your detox and given to your doctor

    • Any other tips that will assist you during your detox.

WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DETOX FROM ANY DRUG OR ALCOHOL
WITHOUT BEING UNDER THE CARE OF A MEDICAL DOCTOR

Step Two: Prepare For The Big Race

 If you were out of shape, but decided to enter a 10K marathon, you would need to train for it.

Detoxing from a drug or from alcohol can be even more physically demanding and draining than a marathon. These points are essential to preparing for your journey to sobriety:

  • Understand that the only way to safely and comfortably complete your detox of most drugs is over a number of weeks

  • Some drugs will take longer than others, but it is critical that you don't rush the process and make sure to follow the schedule established with your doctor

  • Read and understand information about how the drug(s) or alcohol you have been taking have been affecting you, and the withdrawal symptoms you are likely to experience

  • Start doing some physical exercise that will naturally increase your endorphin production, and plan on continuing and increasing the amount of exercise for the period of the detox

  • Again, no matter how good your are feeling, only change your detox schedule if agreed by your doctor

  • Start examining your diet and, based on the directions from your doctor, eliminate junk food, sugar and processed foods and start incorporating more healthy food into your diet

  • Make any necessary changes to your fluid intake to ensure adequate hydration (eliminate or restrict diuretics like colas, tea and coffee)

  • Clean up your home—an orderly environment is more relaxing and less distracting

  • Arrange your life, as much as you can, so that you can devote as much time as possible to your home detox, especially during the first few weeks.

  • Just as in a big race, support from others is essential to winning:

    • You’ve added a doctor, but you also need a “second” on your team

    • Select a tough, reliable friend, family member or experienced detox professional who will assist you during your detox

    • Have that person read and understand everything we’ve covered above, and everything that follows below

    • This is the person who must know what to do when you are in the throes of confusion, pain and despair, and ready to give up

    • Get their agreement to firmly follow these protocols to the letter, to never give in to your withdrawal symptoms, and to get you through

    • Ensure your helper knows how to monitor your vital signs and recognize when emergency medical attention is needed.

WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DETOX FROM ANY DRUG OR ALCOHOL
WITHOUT BEING UNDER THE CARE OF A MEDICAL DOCTOR

Step Three:  Stick To The Plan—You Can Be Drug Free!

Follow the protocols and schedules set forth by your doctor and make sure that you follow all the steps outlined in the book—some of which are detailed here.

The biggest reasons for the failure of people who attempt to detox on their own are:

  • They experience unpleasant symptoms, don't know what to do, become worried and then stop the detox and resume drinking alcohol or taking the drug

  • They don't hydrate themselves properly

  • They don't address any physiological deficiencies in vitamins and nutrients

  • They try to go too fast

  • They don't have someone there who knows how to help them during their detox. 

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