Dangers of Home Detox

We’ve all seen depictions of the horrors of withdrawal—a sweaty, shaking, nausea-racked character curled up in the fetal position, suffering some violent, aching anguish. In most fictional depictions, the visceral hell fades after a few days, but it’s important to realize that withdrawals can actually be dangerous, even life threatening, and should ideally be supervised by a medical personnel.

Here at Sundance, the whole first phase of treatment, the detoxification process, is focused on medically monitoring your health as your body endures the withdrawal process. We have several detox doctor and nursing specialists who will administer medications to keep you as safe and comfortable as possible throughout the experience. Speak Confidentially with a Promises Scottsdale Recovery Advisor at 888-478-0036.

What Is Withdrawal?

Withdrawal is the group of symptoms that our bodies and minds go through when we’re adjusting to the lack of a drug we’ve become dependent upon. When you have been using a substance consistently for a long period of time, your body builds up a tolerance to it. You need more and more to achieve the euphoric “high” feelings you rely on it for. It’s a losing battle however, because the more we use, the more our body tries to adjust to consistently receiving a hit and yet staying functional. Speak Confidentially with a Promises Scottsdale Recovery Advisor at 888-478-0036.

During the process of becoming addicted, we’re actually training our bodies and brains to depend on the substance as part of our “normal.” That’s why, when we suddenly go without it, our body thinks it’s an emergency situation and signals adrenaline to try and get things balanced out. In the meantime, we experience a number of negative physical and mental symptoms and we literally get sick from not having what our bodies have come to rely on.

Physical withdrawal symptoms will vary from drug to drug and from person to person, but withdrawals from alcohol, tranquilizers and opiates tend to be the most physically uncomfortable and may include:

  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Body aches
  • Shaking
  • Chills
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Racing heart
  • Chest tightness

Psychological withdrawal symptoms will also vary, but are most difficult when stopping the use of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy, and may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Poor concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability

When Is It Dangerous?

The most dangerous withdrawal symptoms can affect the organs of the body, the nervous system and cardiovascular system, even causing changes in blood pressure and heart rate. Abruptly stopping the use of alcohol or tranquilizers causes the most dangerous withdrawal symptoms, which may include:

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium

A Safe and Comfortable Withdrawal Phase

Please keep in mind that withdrawal need not be a dangerous or terrifying experience. We have partnered with experts who have the knowledge and expertise to get you safely through the acute withdrawal phase comfortably so you can move to the next phase of your recovery. Speak Confidentially with a Promises Scottsdale Recovery Advisor at 888-478-0036.