How to Help Someone Going through Detox

Patrick
  • By Patrick

    Do you want to know how to help someone going through detox from drugs or alcohol?  Here are some tips that might be of use to you:

    1) Alcohol - if the person is detoxing from alcohol then your best bet is always going to be to try to get them into a treatment center of some sort.  This is so much better than detoxing them at home for a number of reasons, the biggest of which is safety.  It is actually dangerous to detox from alcohol and you have to realize that alcohol withdrawal can actually kill a person.  There is also the potential for seizures during alcohol withdrawal, even if the  person has never had a seizure before in their life.  It can still happen and the chances are increasingly good if the person is starting to shake after going without alcohol for a day or two.

    If you are with an alcoholic who is detoxing and they are starting to shake visibly, then they probably need medical attention, whether you can get them to a drug rehab or not.  This means you might have to take them to an emergency room.  Do not hesitate to do so if they are shaking because the condition is life threatening.

    Now if they do not get the shakes at all when quitting drinking, then the best you can really do for alcoholism is to keep them comfortable and well hydrated and in bed.  You can expect a 3 to 5 day detox process but it is still not advisable to let them go without professional help.

    2) Opiates, painkillers, heroin, methadone - if the addict in question is coming off any of these substances, then they are going to be in a miserable state of being, but they will not be in as much danger as if they were detoxing from alcohol.  Still, you want to help them if you can and so here are the guidelines.  One, encourage them to sleep through as much of it as possible.  Two, you can give them over the counter pain medication to help with their body aches and pains, as directed on the bottle.  Three, you can help keep them hydrated with ice water which helps a bit.  Four, you can give them Benadryl 50 milligrams every 4 hours as needed for anxiety or restlessness, and this might help a tiny bit.  Make sure you do not over do the medications and never exceed what it says on the box.

    Ultimately if they are really uncomfortable, then your best choice is always to get them to a drug rehab.  Of course that is not always an option for everyone but it is the ideal solution nonetheless.

     

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