Has alcohol virtually consumed your life? Have you come to the conclusion that it’s time to rid yourself of this addiction? If so, your first temptation might be to do it yourself, at home. In your mind, you’re probably thinking doing it at home seems harmless and won’t cost you a thing, right?

Detoxing has become a fairly popular subject within today’s society. You see it everywhere; TV, online, in magazines. There’s always something that promises a “quick” and “risk-free” detox solution. Unfortunately, that simply isn’t the case.

Detoxing doesn’t happen with a magic little pill or powder.

The prevailing notion is both misguided and wrong. Detoxing from alcohol and/or drugs is much more involved than just quitting. This caution isn’t meant to scare anyone away from the detoxification process, but rather, is meant to inform you of the dangers and risks involved with attempting an alcohol detox at home.

So, why all the concern? Is doing an alcohol detox at home really that dangerous? Yes, and here’s why.

Alcohol Detox is the Most Dangerous

Believe it or not, detoxing from alcohol is the most dangerous form of detoxification. We’re not talking about an individual that simply partied too hard on Saturday night and now wants to  “cleanse” the alcohol from their bodies. We’re talking about the person who’s partying doesn’t stop when Monday rolls around. The person who’s drinking turns into an everyday affair and escalates into a controlling need to drink.

Those with a serious dependency on alcohol should never consider going “cold turkey”. Alcohol detox is a two-phase process, the first process being potentially risky. During the first phase, usually lasting over a few days, the individual can experience problems, some of which can be fatal, without a trained medical professional to watch your back.

Initial detox symptoms can include:






Heart failure


Changes in blood pressure


Just to name a few.

The individual’s history of alcohol abuse will determine the extent and severity of the detoxification symptoms. Some can experience mild symptoms while others will experience them in greater form. That’s why it’s important to have someone trained close by. They will be able to identify the signs of detox complications, as well as, administer medications that can make your detox process more comfortable and safer.

The second phase of detoxing occurs over the coming months. This is when the brain begins to regulate and resume normal functioning. Some symptoms can linger during the second phase, but they’re usually not life-threatening.

You Don’t Have to do it Alone

Are you ready for detox? Overcoming alcohol dependency is a tough choice. One that you’ll need a clear head in order to begin. It’s important that you have an understanding of the risks involved with attempting an alcohol detox at home, and know that having a trained medical professional there to assist you is highly recommended.

For more information on detoxing at home, download our free guide, “5 Important Things to Detoxing at Home”.

It’s a process that doesn’t have to be done alone. Turning Point Recovery Center has the medically trained staff to make sure you’re comfortable and looked after during the detoxification process. Call us if you’re ready to take the first steps to a better life!

~ Turning Point Recovery Center