Alcohol Treatment in Home without going to Rehab.
What is home alcohol detox?
An alcohol home detox is a managed detoxification at your home (or another safe environment), to gradually remove yourself from your alcohol dependence.
It is usually undertaken using sedatives and/or other medicines including vitamins to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and unpleasant as well as dangerous side effects.
This is different to a full alcohol rehab programme, normally undertaken in a residential clinic.
Do I need an alcohol detox treatment at home?
An alcohol detox is required when people find it difficult to stop drinking or have bad physical and mental experiences when they stop drinking alcohol.
Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and acute symptoms are dangerous and can cause seizures. Common alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:
- Shaky hands, arms, legs and feet
- Hot and cold sweats
- Agitation, irritability and restlessness
- Anxiety, irrational fear and/or panic
- Difficulty sleeping
- Vomiting and nausea
When alcohol consumption reaches dependence levels, many people will find they have one or more of the symptoms above. This is when a controlled alcohol detox should be used in order to withdraw from alcohol safely and comfortably.
We have two types of treatments available:
At Home Detox
Home detox provides a means of semi-supervised detoxification, in the comfort of your home. It’s often suitable for those with inescapable practical commitments, or where a reduced budget for treatment is available.
An at home alcohol detox is the most basic detox option available from Abbeycare, and assumes you have support available, post-detox, for the other important elements of long-term addiction recovery.
It may not be suitable if you have other physical health issues, a history of relapse in addiction recovery, or limited support (see below).
Inpatient (Residential) Treatment
In many cases residential treatment in a clinic, can be a more suitable option as it provides:
- 24/7 supervision
- Greater aftercare and long-term support options
- Therapeutic help for underlying issues
- Isolation from triggers during treatment
- A network of suitable social peers to reinforce the changes you make
However, not everyone can commit to a residential treatment, often due to practicalities in life, or budget availability.
For answers to frequently asked questions about alcohol rehab, see our FAQ page here.
Why Detox At Home?
Modern life and its commitments mean that not everyone can or is willing to spend the time going into a residential rehab for a period of time. Work, children and other family and life commitments mean that rehab is often out of the question.
This is where a home detox can be the answer, when you can obtain a professional medical detox in the comfort of your own home with no disruption to normal life (although, depending on your circumstances, it’s advisable to take a short period of time off employment).
In addition, a home detox can be more cost-effective than residential rehab.
Call Abbeycare now and find out more about Addiction treatment and book a home alcohol detox: 01603 513 091
How quickly can I get a home detox?
A detox can usually be arranged to start within a day or two or at a day and time that suits the client.
We can help identify a suitable date and time for the specialist addictions nurse to attend.
What is involved in a home alcohol detox treatment– how does it work?
We will arrange for a specialist addictions nurse to visit you at your home and carry out a full medical examination.
The examination includes:
- blood pressure;
- pulse and respiratory examinations;
- blood analysis if required;
- prescribing of all sedatives – the most commonly used drugs for alcohol withdrawal are Chlordiazepoxide (Librium) and, less often, Diazepam (Valium);
- vitamins and any other medications;
- dietary advice and direction; and
- prescribing of follow-up medication to reduce cravings (Campral) following detox.
As all our recommended nurses are all specialist addictions nurses they have a wealth of experience in treating alcohol withdrawals and can offer advice and tips to make the detox as hassle-free as well as advice on longer-term strategies to remain abstinent.
How long does a home alcohol detox last?
A home alcohol detox usually lasts around 7 days. This can vary slightly depending on the level of medication required to safely withdraw from alcohol.
Normally at the start of a detox, the patient receives a high dose of sedative which is then reduced over the following days as alcohol leaves the system and any withdrawal symptoms subside.
During this period vitamins are normally taken to replace lost nutrients and vitamins.
Call Abbeycare now and find out more and book an alcohol home detoxification: 01603 513 091
What to eat during your alcohol detox (diet)?
For most, alcohol acts as an appetite suppressant, and the excesses of previous alcohol consumption have led to reduced weight or desire for food.
Once detox begins in earnest, and any initial symptoms have resolved, appetite usually returns, allowing a complete physical recovery, over time.
Our addictions nurse can advise on elements of health and wellbeing during detox, including appropriate dietary options. These are usually on a case-by-case basis.
Typically, this will focus on initial rehydration, drinking water, and rebuilding strength lost during alcohol abuse.
In some cases, additional vitamins or minerals may be prescribed or advised, depending on specifics.
Support you’ll receive from Abbeycare professionals
Following initial assessment by our nurse, and acceptance for treatment, your detox will usually begin promptly.
The necessary arrangements are made for medication, which is administered by our nurse, often with assistance from an addiction support worker.
Whilst each case in unique, you’ll typically receive supervised visits several times per day for the first few days, to oversee symptoms, gauge your healing response, and ensure your safety.
Again, each case varies, however home detox itself is usually complete in 3-7 days. Beyond this, telephone support is available from our nurse for any remaining symptoms you experience or concerns you may have.
Whilst home detox is the most basic treatment option available, in some cases our specialists may be able to advise on local support options available, post-detox.
The risks of home alcohol self-detox
It should be made clear that detoxing from alcohol at home, even under controlled supervision, is not a suitable option for all.
Sadly, detoxing from alcohol always involves some associated risks, and there are inevitably some cases our addiction nurses may conclude are not appropriate for treatment.
This could include specific physical issues, advanced liver issues, reduced supervision, or other physical ailments contributing to the overall picture of health.
The full picture of each individual is accounted for, including previous health issues, medication, and other factors, to arrive at eligibility.
Naturally, our team prioritise your well-being, safety, and comfort during detox, above all else.
Are you eligible?
Should you have concerns re your suitability for alcohol home detoxification, please ask our specialist advisers for personalised advice: 01603 513 091.
Alcohol detox at home vs. inpatient option
Home detox options typically rely on an individual having access to long term recovery support available to them, by default.
This means, having the motivation, and follow through, to access and consistently follow up on supports that will aid your addiction recovery in the long term, such as counselling, working with a sponsor, and attending mutual aid meetings.
This means, structured daily treatment elements that include detox, therapeutic intervention to help with underlying issues, and tailored aftercare support options that meet your needs for the future.
Detox in a clinic is also safer, providing full-time supervision – often this alone can provide greater comfort and security -and ensures you are secluded from triggers which would have otherwise set you off again, on the pattern of alcoholism.
What happens after my detox?
In the days following detox any questions or concerns can be raised by telephone with our addictions nurse specialist who can advise accordingly.
However, by definition, home detox options mean that the elements of further aftercare, normally taken care of by addiction staff in a residential setting, must be set up and maintained by you.
Where options are limited, in many cases Abbeycare can offer aftercare packages, tailored to your needs, at additional cost.
Long term recovery following detox
The detox is the first stage to a life of abstinence. Once the detox is complete, clients should embark on a post-detox strategy to remain abstinent. Attending therapy can help you cope with the reasons for drinking excessively as well as providing tools and strategies to cope with cravings.
We would strongly advise undertaking an aftercare therapy package as it is a proven route to overcoming alcoholism.
As different people respond to different therapies and aftercare treatments, our team can provide information and arrange a suitable therapist local to you.
FAQ – Before Treatment
Is at-home alcohol detox offered in my area of the country?
Our specialists travel the UK providing our home detox service, and can often help those in more remote locations, depending on specifics.
For availability personalised to your location, ring direct on 01603 513 091.
How quickly can I begin?
Timescales can vary, simply due to the availability of our nurses’ diaries, however, detox can usually begin around 48-72 hrs after your initial enquiry by phone.
Will I be assessed before treatment?
Yes. Our specialist advisers can complete a brief initial eligibility check with you over the phone, whilst the final decision re your suitability lies with our addiction specialist nurses.
I’ve had multiple previous detoxes, or I have a history of relapse, am I eligible for your home detox package?
It depends. We do try to work flexibly wherever possible, however, each individual is assessed on their unique position and circumstances, including health, medication, pre-existing issues and alcohol usage patterns, and a host of other factors.
For specific advice tailored to your needs, our advisers are available on 01603 513 091.
I’ve been to residential rehab before, I feel like I know what addiction recovery is about, is detoxing at home a good option for me?
It can be. In many cases, where you have enough post-detox support available, home alcohol detox can be a viable option for getting your recovery back on track, assuming you have supports in place and motivation to follow through on this.
Much depends on your unique history with alcohol, motivation and what you hope to achieve. Our specialists have helped 1000’s and can give specific advice: 01603 513 091.
Does home detox offer the possibility of viable long-term recovery?
Again, this depends on how much effort you put in.
Any detox program should only be considered to be the first stage, of a much longer addiction recovery process, and there is no detox program which will do the underlying work for you.
The essence of long-term addiction recovery, is each of us, taking responsibility for our own lives, and having sufficient resources and support in place to maintain this.
Whilst we do not suggest home detox as a first option for treatment, it’s possible to recover from alcoholism in the long-term following home detox, where sufficient motivation, follow-through, and support are available, and consistently acted upon.
Like most things in life, your success in long term recovery, is up to you!
Do you need to access my medical records, to begin?
The decision re medical suitability lies of course with our medical specialists, and if they feel it necessary or appropriate, they may request access to medical details.
Should you have concerns re this from the outset, please speak direct with our advisers on your unique situation.
How do I book alcohol detox at home?
We can arrange a home alcohol detox for you when you ring us direct on 01603 513 091.
What does alcohol home detoxing cost?
Alcohol home detoxing is our entry level treatment and offers a budget friendly option for most.
How does payment work?
Payment is accepted by most debit and credit cards, or BACS or direct transfer via internet banking. Payment for home detox is required in full prior to treatment commencing.
Do you offer payment plans for home detox?
Abbeycare offer finance via a third party, and we may be able to help arrange finance through them, for home detox. Please ring direct on 01603 513 091 for more information.
FAQ – During Treatment
After I book home alcohol detox treatment, what happens next?
Our nurse specialist will ring you direct to complete an initial assessment and eligibility check.
If suitable, they will arrange to accept payment and arrange a suitable date and time for treatment to begin.
They will advise on any practical arrangements necessary for when treatment commences.
Am I expected to stay at home for the duration of the treatment?
Your safety, and that of others, must be prioritised when undertaking detox.
Since you will be on medication during detox, the safest option will be to remain at home.
However, if you have specific commitments, please discuss these directly with our medical specialists.
Will I feel withdrawal symptoms, cravings, or side-effects during home alcohol detox?
This will vary from individual to individual, depending on a number of factors, such as past alcohol intake, liver function, etc.
Our medical specialists personalise detox medication, and levels, to your needs; and side-effects or reactions are usually minimised in this way.
What medication is prescribed during home alcohol detox?
The specific medication prescribed is of course decided by the medical specialist working with you, however alcohol detox is usually undertaken using a medication from the diazepine family, such as diazepam or chlordiazepoxide, to minimise risks of withdrawal and/or alcoholic seizure.
I have specific psychological issues, such as trauma, PTSD, or a complex psychiatric diagnosis – will home detox help address these?
No. Unfortunately detoxing addresses only the elements of physical and chemical withdrawal from alcohol, the attending specialist will not be able to help with the underlying beliefs, psychological patterns, or diagnoses that may lie behind your alcohol use – this is where therapeutic work and aftercare come in.
What support do I get during whilst detoxing?
The alcohol home detox package is a semi-supervised option.
This means, our specialists will visit you, several times per day, during the first few days of detox, to monitor your symptoms, reactions, administer medication, and answer any questions you may have.
They can also advise on the basic practical elements of detoxing at home, such as removing all alcohol from the home, maintaining a clear schedule during detox, and having assistance from a loved one or family member.
The exact duration of detox varies from person-to-person but will typically last 3-7 days.
When our specialist is not present, you do have telephone contact with them to address any concerns.
Importantly, whilst home detox is a suitable option for some, it does not replace a structured treatment program in a residential setting, with qualified therapeutic input and aftercare planning.
FAQ – After Treatment
What happens after home detox?
The home detox package is our entry level treatment, and any aftercare or follow up treatment, must be arranged by you.
Additional support may be available from local mutual aid meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or SMART recovery.
One option is to seek out a sponsor, who may be able to work with you, over the long term.
Meditation, private group, or one-to-one therapy and counselling can also assist in maintaining abstinence from alcohol over time, following detox.
Abbeycare can also often arrange therapeutic help follow-up sessions, where appropriate, at additional cost – ring direct on 01603 513 091 for the options available.
This can be effective in tackling the issues specific to your pattern of addiction and alcoholism specifically – issues that aren’t normally addressed in local recovery meetings.
Why get an alcohol Addiction Treatment from Abbeycare?
Abbeycare is the UK’s leading residential alcohol treatment and detox centre.
We recognise that many people are often unable to commit to residential rehab but still require treatment and would prefer this at home.
Abbeycare have been successfully delivering alcohol home detoxification via trusted third party nurse specialists, for 10 years.
We’ve helped hundreds (if not thousands) – and sometimes even more serious cases. We can probably help you too.
You can rest assured that Abbeycare always have the client’s needs, thoughts and requirements at the very top of our priorities.