If you are dependent on alcohol, but the symptoms of your withdrawal are mild enough that they don’t require inpatient treatment, there are ways to safely detox yourself from alcohol at home.
While it’s not always a good idea to try this alone, with a supervised medical treatment like our own home detox programme, there is no reason why you can’t overcome your addiction symptoms without the need to attend a clinic, pulling you out of your comfort zone.
Our programme gives you access to 24/7 contact with doctors, nurses, therapists, nutritionists and more so you get the advice and encouragement you need to stick to your detox plan.
However, people with milder forms of alcohol dependency may feel safe going through detox at home without supervision, and for those people, we have put together a guide to what you can expect and how best to tackle the symptoms of withdrawal.
Let’s dive right in:
How To Detox At Home From Alcohol
The first thing to be aware of is that withdrawal symptoms can cause serious health problems. Because of this, it’s a good idea to slowly reduce the amount you drink, instead of immediately cutting off your drinking. Immediate cutting off of alcohol can also cause serious mental health-related symptoms such as delirium tremens and hallucinations, so tapering off slowly can help prevent this too.
It will also reduce the severity of your withdrawal symptoms and make it easier to avoid a relapse.
While it’s possible to detox yourself at home, getting professional help greatly increases your chances and we would highly recommend calling us on 0333 444 0315 to discuss your issues and see how we could help. It is important to use established detox methods and a detoxification plan to enable you to have the greatest chances of success.
If you are wondering how to stop drinking alcohol on your own safely, you should be wary of the fact that withdrawal symptoms can be fatal, and don’t be afraid to seek medical help should the symptoms become too difficult to bear, or if you think you might relapse.
Alcohol Detox at Home Guide
Let Everyone Know What You’re Doing
This is an extremely tough one to actually do, especially if you haven’t admitted to people that you’re dependent on alcohol. But you know what they say, the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem”.
This isn’t just an empty saying, and it really does make a difference.
After all, if your friends and loved ones know you’re trying to detox yourself, they can not only be careful not to suggest going for drinks around you, but they can also provide encouragement and actively try to distract you.
If you don’t tell anybody, people will be going about their day-to-day lives around you, which may well involve discussing going for drinks or inviting you, which is only going to make things more difficult.
Of course, if you tell somebody you’re trying to detox yourself and they still invite you to go for a drink, that person is either an alcoholic themselves, or isn’t taking you seriously – either way, it is probably best to avoid this person for the duration of your recovery.
Remove All Alcohol From Your Home
The last thing you want is a constant temptation, and removing all of the drinks from your home makes it that tiny bit harder to drink, which may be enough help prevent a relapse.
If you want to take it a step further, if you are planning to stay home for your detoxing period, you can even give your bank card to a family member and tell them not to let you have it back until you are fully detoxed or in the case of a (non-alcohol related) emergency.
If this person loves you and wants to help, this will make it that extra bit harder to just go and buy more alcohol, and you might just feel ashamed enough of yourself to put you off asking at all.
Don’t Make Any Plans
It goes without saying that you should clear your diary of all social plans that may encourage you to drink or bring you into contact with people you often drink with.
It’s also a good idea to clear all your other engagements too if possible, including work. Withdrawal has some serious effects on concentration and focus, so you aren’t going to be able to work at your best anyway, and taking time off will allow you to focus entirely on your recovery and the task at hand.
Look After Your Nutrition
Alcohol withdrawal and detoxification have a severe impact on our appetites, and as such, you may not feel like eating at all for this period. Nutrition is a huge part of recovery though, and you should do whatever you can to make sure your body gets what it needs. Natural solutions to detoxing are always the best way to get your body back in to its pre-addiction state.
The key points to remember are:
Hydration is key to general health and will help fight headaches and mood swings. You will also sweat a lot during withdrawal, making drinking water crucial. Outside of water, isotonic drinks and medication sachets for dehydration can help you recover important salts and minerals.
A balanced diet is necessary since your appetite will be affected. If you struggle to eat much, it’s important to make sure what you do eat is valuable and helpful. A varied diet rich in whole foods and completely devoid of junk and things that are overly salty, sugary or fatty is the way to go.
Supplements are also a great idea and can be a way to keep your body getting what it needs when you are feeling nauseous and struggling to eat. Long term alcohol use destroys your bodies store of vitamins, especially vitamin B and C, so a multivitamin or separate vitamin B and C pills will go a long way.
How to Taper off Alcohol at Home
Tapering off alcohol is very difficult when you are dependent, but if you want to detox yourself at home it’s a great idea and can mean that when the time comes to stop completely, your body is used to less alcohol and therefore the withdrawal symptoms will be decreased.
We also recommend drinking beers and ciders during this stage as opposed to wine or spirits, because it’s easy to make “one glass of wine” be a huge one or “one vodka and coke” to be 80% vodka.
With beer and cider, “one drink” is usually “one drink” and that helps in forcing you to stick to your tapering schedule.
We also recommend drinking these beers as spread out through the day as possible, as it can be tempting to save them up and then binge on them all at the same time, which means you stay accustomed to having higher quantities of alcohol in your body, and also affects your judgement which can derail the entire detox.
For example, if you’re used to having 12 drinks per day, consider following this schedule:
|10 beers, spread evenly across the day
|8 beers, spread evenly across the day
|6 beers, spread evenly across the day
|4 beers, spread evenly across the day
|2 beers, one in the morning and one in the evening
|Zero beers, and now your home detox begins
You will feel a lot of temptation to drink more during this period, and you may well drink more than recommended on one of the days.
If this happens, don’t be discouraged or feel like you need to start again, just continue on with the schedule and make sure you are at least slowly reducing the amount you’re drinking over time.
We hope this guide has given you some helpful tips to help you detox yourself at home.
Our friendly, dedicated and experienced professionals are on hand 24/7 to provide valuable advice and help, so don’t be afraid to contact us should you come across any issues at all.
The most important thing is to simply keep going, keep making progress, and don’t let any slip-ups dissuade you, treating them instead as a learning experience.
If anybody can do it, you can!