How to safely detox from alcohol at home. You are obviously better off getting professional help through us, either through our residential rehab centres (£3495) or our very affordable and fully supported alcohol home detox program (£1295). But not everyone can afford private help. So I have written a page on an alcohol home detox program, you can do safely at home. I suggest you talk to me before starting this program for help and advice. Tel: 07811 606 606
How to safely detox from alcohol at home using our program
Firstly I must point out. If you are a heavy drinker, or reliant on alcohol. It is very dangerous just to stop. It can kill you. So what I propose is, you reduce your intake of alcohol slowly. After all, what is the hurry? Let us make this comfortable. So let us start.
You must NOT stop drinking alcohol
The first stage is working out your alcohol intake over the program. This is easy to do. And you must stick to it, to make it work. I always think it better to keep a record of your alcohol intact during this detox period. So have a pen and pad at hand.
The detox process – How to safely detox from alcohol at home
This is best done with a family member or friend who does not have an alcohol addiction. How much are you drinking? This is important information you will need to know. So for 7 days you need to drink the “same amount” of alcohol you have been drinking over the past few weeks. Write down exactly what you have drunk, how much you are drunk, and what time, and date you drank it. And most importantly How many units. All alcohol will have the amount of units printed on the bottle. You can work out the amount of units from very easily. Or you can get the units you have drink from this handy calculator.
Start your alcohol detox
You should now have the figures you have drunk in units, over the past week. So let us start your detox.
1/ Reduce your units by 10%. (NOT by 10 units). So let say you are drinking 30 units a day. Reduce by 3 units = 27 units. Again you will see your units printed on the side of the bottle. Stay drinking at this reduced rate for 4 days. After 4 days you need to reduce your units by another 10%. This will not be hard to do.
This is a very comfortable way of detoxing, and safe. But if you start suffering from withdrawal symptoms, you are reducing your units too quickly. You should not be getting withdrawal symptoms it you have reduced your units by 10%, and followed the advice above.
So now you have reduce your units by two lots of 10% over 8 days. It now gets easier. You next need to reduce on a weekly basis by 5%. Once you are down to 10 units a week, you are at a safe stage to stop drinking all together. Your alcohol detox is complete. If you feel ill when stopping altogether. Dizzy, fits etc. Call 999 for advice.
Some handy ideas to make your alcohol detox even easier
As we said at the beginning of this page. Get a friend or loved one to help you. It is easier when there are two of you, and only one of you has an addiction to alcohol. Vitamin B is a good supplement if you are detoxing from alcohol. 100mg of Thiamine 3x a day is recommended. Buy this from any health store. Eat wholemeal food. Brown rice, wholemeal bread etc which all contains Vitamin B. Stay hydrated. This is important. You can do this by drinking none alcoholic drinks as well. as your alcohol drinks.
Here are some general guidelines for a safe alcohol detox at home:
Consult a healthcare professional: Before starting any detoxification process, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional who can assess your situation and provide appropriate guidance. They can evaluate the severity of your alcohol dependence and advise you on the best course of action.
Gradual reduction: If your healthcare professional determines it’s safe for you to detox at home, they may recommend a gradual reduction of alcohol consumption instead of sudden cessation. This can help minimise withdrawal symptoms and potential risks.
Create a support system: Inform your close friends, family, or loved ones about your decision to detox at home. Having a supportive network can provide emotional support and help ensure your safety during the process.
Stay hydrated and nourished: During detoxification, it’s important to stay properly hydrated and maintain a balanced diet. Drink plenty of water and consume nutrient-rich foods to support your body’s recovery.
Avoid triggers: Identify and avoid situations, people, or environments that may trigger your desire to drink. This can include social events or places associated with alcohol consumption. Consider finding alternative activities or hobbies to occupy your time.
Seek emotional support: Alcohol detox can be emotionally challenging. Consider joining support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or seeking therapy to help you navigate through the process and address any underlying issues.
Self-care: Engage in activities that promote relaxation and well-being. Practice techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to manage stress and cravings. Get plenty of rest to aid in your recovery.
Be aware of withdrawal symptoms: Keep an eye out for common alcohol withdrawal symptoms, such as tremors, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, and sweating. If you experience severe symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Remember, detoxing from alcohol can be potentially dangerous, especially for those with a severe addiction or a history of severe withdrawal symptoms. It’s crucial to consult a healthcare professional who can provide personalised guidance based on your specific situation. They can monitor your progress and offer medical interventions, if necessary, to ensure a safe detoxification process.