Detoxification from any substance can be tricky and often more dangerous than one may think.
Depending on the substance used, the amount used, the length of time used, and the severity of the addiction, some people may be able to safely detox at home. However, in most cases, medical detox is recommended.
Detox is the process by which the toxic substances leave the body. Medical detox is supervised by doctors and healthcare professionals who can safely manage the acute physical withdrawal symptoms that are associated with stopping an addiction to a substance. Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the substance. For instance, those suffering from opioid addiction often experience severe withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, muscle aches, agitation, abdominal cramping. and vomiting.
Detoxing from alcohol without medical supervision is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. Alcohol withdrawal can range from mild anxiety and shakiness to severe complications, such as seizures and delirium tremens (also called DTs). The death rate from DTs — which are characterized by confusion, rapid heartbeat, and fever — is estimated to range from 1% to 5%.
If you or someone you love needs help with detoxing, contact a medical professional and put your safety first.
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