In the strictest sense of what is truly “possible,” sure you could detoxify yourself from drugs or alcohol. The world has not always had detox centers and rehab programs. Sure it is possible–many alcoholics and drug addicts have had to go through withdrawal without any help. It has happened, and for various reasons, it will probably keep happening.
But should it? No.
Every struggling addict or alcoholic who has the opportunity should absolutely go to inpatient rehab. Trying to detox yourself at home is not only risky in terms of relapse, but it involves medical risk as well. It can be downright dangerous and in extreme cases trying to detox at home could even be fatal.
Different substances produce different withdrawal symptoms, and some of those symptoms are more serious than others. While we could go into great detail about specific risks that you might be facing, it is safer and far better to simply recommend inpatient treatment. Find a 28 day program and you can be almost certain that such a place includes a full medical detox unit. If not, look for another rehab.
How do you go about doing this? Get on the phone and start making calls. Call every rehab you can find and start asking them how you can get into their program. Very quickly you will find out what you qualify for and where you can attend treatment. At this point they will likely make an appointment for you to come check in at some point.
You may be scared of addiction treatment, especially inpatient treatment, because the idea of being admitted somewhere is overwhelming to you and it seems a bit extreme. This is part of the stigma that goes along with addiction and alcoholism. You probably believe that you are not the kind of person that should have to be admitted into a facility in order to gain control of yourself. Also, you may have a bit of anxiety about what to expect from inpatient treatment if you have never been there before. I can assure you though that these fears are normal and everyone feels this way to some extent when they are contemplating going to rehab.
What you need to know is that detox and inpatient treatment is a very inviting and relaxed environment. No one is going to be looking down on you when you check into rehab. In fact, many of the staff in a treatment center have likely been through it themselves before.
You don’t want to detox yourself because of medical risk, but you also do not want to miss out on the benefits of residential treatment. You see, just getting detoxified is not the problem. When we are trapped in addiction and we are physically dependent on a substance, it can seem as if the problem is entirely one of chemical dependence. But the reality is that the real challenge in addiction begins when we first leave the detox center and have to face the real world again. You may be surprised at just how much of your addiction was mental when you finally have to face reality without being medicated for the first time.
Therefore you will want to give yourself every possible advantage when it comes to your early recovery, beginning with the idea that it is OK to check into a rehab center. Beyond that, you should pay very close attention to the counselors and therapists in treatment who will be recommending a course of action for you after you leave inpatient treatment. This is known as aftercare, and if you ignore these recommendations then it is very likely that you will relapse and be right back in the same chaos and misery before you ever went to treatment. One of the things that addicts often find shocking is just how quickly they reach bottom again after a relapse. Not only that, but for people who have relapsed multiple times, they note that “it gets worse every time” and they also note that it happens much quicker every time, meaning that their life devolves into chaos much quicker every time they have relapsed. This is not a path or a pattern that you want to get started on, so it makes sense to do it right the first time.
You can insure your success by following the advice and suggestions of those who have been successful in addiction recovery. Put simply, you must ignore your own impulses for the foreseeable future and instead rely on the advice and guidance of others. Listen to your sponsor, your therapist, the counselors in treatment, and anyone who has experience in living a successful life in recovery. Take their advice and do what they tell you to do, because they have the answers that can guide you to a better life in recovery.
If all you do is sober up on your couch at home over a weekend, then nothing has really changed. In order to turn your life around and enjoy lasting sobriety you are going to have to put in some serious work. You cannot do this alone, by yourself, while detoxing yourself at home. It just doesn’t work. If you could figure out how to beat addiction by yourself then you would have done so long ago. The truth is that real alcoholics and real addicts need help in order to recover. They need the guidance and suggestions of other people, especially in early recovery. For you to attempt to skip all of this process and think that you can conquer your addiction using brain power and willpower alone is not realistic.
Have you not proven this much to yourself already? Most addicts and alcoholics have tried multiple times and they have tried several different ways to fix their own problem, only to find that their drug of choice is just too powerful for them. We need help in order to beat an addiction, and there is no shame in admitting that. Once you admit that you need help it sets you free, as you can then ask for help and start taking advice and guidance in your life. This humility and willingness is a key part of the recovery process because without doing so you cannot learn the things that you need to learn in order to recover.
Anyone who is struggling with addiction or alcoholism owes it to themselves to give inpatient treatment a chance. Once you are in treatment it is very easy and comfortable to be there, but getting the courage to call them in the first place can be challenging. Ask yourself if you want to keep living your life the way you have been living it, and if not, why not make the call and turn things around for good this time?