At-home treatment is almost always considered among people who are wanting to save money, resources, and anxiety of going through a program they are unsure will truly help them. Some companies even offer at-home detoxes or treatment programs to help mitigate the costs. However, how safe are at-home treatments compared to structured treatment programs, and which conditions are safe to treat at home? While a person may be able to get away with simple cleanses to boost their system, treatment for addiction is always a risk when done at home.
What are the risks?
- Withdrawal can cause serious health complications
- You will not receive the support and care needed for everything that has been connected to the addiction, such as your mental, social, work, financial, academic, and home concerns
- Mental health complications could occur that could lead into more serious mental disorders
- No medication will be available to assist you with the pain that can be experienced during detoxification, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shakes, chills, sweating, irregular heart rate, insomnia, irritability, hallucinations, fever, and more
A 2017 study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence gathered data from 39,809 Americans. More than half of the participants (53.9%) reported themselves as being in an “assisted” pathway for recovery, such as mutual help groups, inpatient or outpatient treatment programs, and detoxification services. Participants who engaged in “natural recovery” – meaning they treated their alcohol and other drug problems without external assistance – were found to have a less severe and less complex substance and mental health history. Individuals who participated in formal treatment programs most often experienced the following: earlier age of onset drug use, poly-substance use, had a criminal history and had participated in drug court.
If you’re considering treating an addiction at home or at a formal treatment center, the best option is to speak with a doctor to determine the severity of your substance use. If you haven’t reached addiction but you’ve been drinking heavily lately, for example, you may be able to slowly cut down on the number of drinks you consume each week. However, obtaining a healthcare professional’s opinion will help you in making the safest, most effective choice for you and your situation.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.