How to Detox From Alcohol At Home?
There is usually a time we reach that point where “enough is enough”. The bottle that once made you feel nice has now become a source of your weakness. You always disappoint your family and friends all the time. In addition, you are fed up of always feeling sick and tired.
You want to stop. This is the first move to recovery. Next step is brainstorming action plans to kick this addiction for the last time. If you need assistance getting started, the following steps will be of great help.
Taking Matters into Your Hands
Some addicts are lucky to have professional detox clinic to help them get better. I highly recommend it to those who can afford this. However, it is sad that most of us do not have access to this professionals and therefore consulting detox clinics is not an option. Chances are that right now, the only choice we have is to do it ourselves.
If you are limited to this option, then just do it yourself. You should not be an excuse for not trying. Tons of people won this battle on their own. If people have won this battle on their own before, then you can!
Clear your Schedule
You have a plan in place; now find time to act on it. For some people, it may seem impossible to clear your schedule for days or weeks, but it is essential if you want your detox to be successful. Take some time off and put aside your responsibilities as well…at least temporary – so you can focus on your recovery. Take some time off and put aside your responsibilities as well…at least temporary – so you can focus on your recovery.
Detox from Alcohol(Cold Turkey or Tapering off)?
To make the best choice about this, consider the following:
- How well do you handle pain?
The truth is: detoxing is really painful. There no use coating it with sugar. Anyways, this should not be an excuse for you to give up. The pains of withdrawal are nothing compared to the pain drinking causes.
Access yourself by asking the question: which do I prefer? — Less pain for more time? Or more pain for less time? Tapering is less painful but going cold turkey is more quicker.
- How healthy are you?
If you are 23, and you have simply had enough of your college binge drinking days, quitting cold turkey should not be a problem.
However, if you are sick, severely addicted and old, it could be dangerous to quit cold turkey. Tapering is recommended.
Remove Alcohol from Your Home
This may be difficult, but it is a critical step when self-detoxing. When you first start experiencing withdrawal symptoms, you may not be able to control your cravings. Avoid the temptation generally by getting rid of alcohol you have at hand.
Get Support from People Closest to You
This is an important step. Kill pride. Go out and find an accountability partner. Moreover, get over yourself already.
Probably you can do it alone….but if there are people that care about you and want to help you, don’t you see it wise to involve them in this issue? Find a friend or family member to help keep you safe during the process and who will help in case your withdrawal symptom gets too severe.
Take Vitamin Supplements
Drugs will generally be prescribed to you to help with the withdrawal in a clinic. At home, this luxury might be out of reach. No matter what you do, do not self-prescribe.
There is a better alternative, instead…take vitamins.
The most important of all supplements is a B-Complex vitamin. B complex vitamins have been shown to be consistently at relieving the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. NIACIN can be specifically effective in larger doses. Others include magnesium, zinc, selenium and vitamin C are known to be effective in larger doses.
Detoxing takes time, be patient. It could take few days, or it could take longer, depending on the severity of addiction. Make yourself feel comfortable.
This few tips might help:
- Watch funny videos
- Stay hydrated
- Listen to your hunger
- Take frequent hot showers
This is it. Just follow the steps above and you will perform well, good luck. Congratulations, your life just got better!