Alcohol addiction is scary. But it can seem even more frightening to seek help for it. You have so many choices when it comes to recovery, but you aren’t sure what to expect. What if you make the wrong decision? What if treatment isn’t right for you? Trying home remedies may seem like the easier, safer option. Truth is, home remedies are anything but safe. Home remedies put your mental and physical health at risk. They don’t work, and they delay you getting the real treatment that does.
Can I Detox at Home?
The first step in recovery is ending physical dependence. You may be tempted to try this first step at home. You think it will save time, money or emotional stress. Home seems safer, more comfortable. It seems more private, and maybe you can keep your recovery, and therefore your addiction, a secret. You consider cutting back or going cold turkey on your own. Neither of these is a good idea. Neither leads to real, sustainable recovery. Home remedies for alcoholism may include taking over-the-counter or prescription medications. This can further complicate health and recovery.
Your body is used to functioning with alcohol present. WebMD explains, “Over time, your central nervous system adjusts to having alcohol around all the time. Your body works hard to keep your brain in a more awake state and to keep your nerves talking to one another. When the alcohol level suddenly drops, your brain stays in this keyed up state. That’s what causes withdrawal.”1 If you stop drinking without medical supervision, readjusting can be dangerous. You will experience withdrawal symptoms. At best, they leave you feeling sick and miserable. At worst, they lead to relapse or serious health complications. When you detox with the support of a professional recovery program, you give yourself a chance at recovery. You stay safe and set yourself up for success.
Can I Recover at Home?
So what if you’ve gotten professional treatment during detox? Can you go home now? You most likely feel better both mentally and physically at this point. It can be tempting to see yourself as cured, recovered. However addiction is a chronic disease, and it needs long-term treatment. You need to explore its causes and develop strategies for staying sober. You need to understand any co-occurring mental health issues. You need continued professional care.
Alcohol addiction treatment is multi-layered and comprehensive. It does more than address physical addiction. It sets you up for success in all areas of life. You will learn more about your mental health and how to manage co-occurring issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and more. If these are left untreated, you are likely to relapse when symptoms reappear or feel overwhelming.
When you struggle with alcoholism, you struggle with more than physical dependence. For example you may drink to feel calm, relaxed and confident. Alcohol enhances neurochemicals in your brain to temporarily give you these feelings. You consciously or subconsciously make the association: You drink, you feel calm. So you continue drinking. But over a period of time, alcohol suppresses the brain’s natural neurochemical production and replaces healthy ways of coping with stress. Soon the only way you can even feel calm is by drinking. When you’re not drinking, you’re tense, irritable and anxious. You begin to feel you have to drink to stay calm.
When you try to recover at home, you do not have the support, understanding and tools you need to combat this psychological dependence. Through treatment, you develop strategies for handling difficult situations in life. You will build a lasting, meaningful support system of professionals and peers. You will learn how to live your best, happiest and healthiest life without alcohol.
Treating Alcoholism the Right Way
You can recovery. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism studied recovering alcoholics and found that “25.0 percent were still classified as dependent in the past year; 27.3 percent were classified as being in partial remission; 11.8 percent were asymptomatic risk drinkers who demonstrated a pattern of drinking that put them at risk of relapse; 17.7 percent were low-risk drinkers; and 18.2 percent were abstainers.”2
Increase your odds of success. The safest and easiest alternative to trying risky home remedies is to treat alcoholism with the help of a professional treatment program. Treatment centers are staffed by caring, understanding and experienced professionals.
There’s no reason to takes the risks of at-home recovery. We can help you, and we want to help you. The Oaks at La Paloma is ready to work with you,no matter how long you’ve been drinking or how much alcohol controls your life. Call us today to find out how our expert staff can build you a foundation to help you get started on your recovery.
1 Ambardekar, Nayana. “What Is Alcohol Withdrawal?” WebMD. Jul. 2017. Accessed 6 Dec. 2017.
2 Dawson, Deborah, et al. “Recovery from DSM-IV Alcohol Dependence.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. 2005. Accessed 6 Dec. 2017.