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Detox is a great decision.  As part of the recovery process, it can be a bit scary.  Doing it on your own is not only hard, it can be downright dangerous.  That’s why there’s help out there.  If you are planning to detox, please seek help from a drug and alcohol rehab.  We’re here to help you find it.

What could possibly go wrong? Lots of things.  We don’t want to scare you.  However, we are going to give you a case study so you understand.  You don’t need to detox on your own.

An Example Of the Danger Of Detoxing Without Professional Help

Roseann is a 60-year-old woman.  She didn’t like to admit that she drank at least a one-liter bottle of vodka a day.  She would mostly mix it with some sort of juice.  Sometimes, Roseann would drink it straight.  One day, Roseann realized she had a problem. (We are all aware of the moment when we realize we have a problem.)  She decided she wanted to quit drinking.  Cold turkey. That very day.

The unfortunate thing is that Roseann lived alone. There was no one to monitor her.  Suddenly, Roseann believed she saw her mother, who had died several years ago.   She was standing before her at the foot of the bed.  Talking to her even.   Roseann’s body started to shake uncontrollably.  Roseann wasn’t really sure what was happening to her.

It was a miracle that Roseann’s adult son stopped by to pick up some mail.  He was able to get Roseann admitted to a hospital.  It was determined that Roseann’s self-detox experience included both hallucinations and tremors.

Roseann was actually lucky.  Who knows what would have happened if her son had not come to her aid. It’s possible that Roseann could have died. We find that some clients think they can detox on their own.  They are worried about the expense of treatment and are embarrassed to admit they need help for an addiction.

Detox Should Be Done Under Medical Supervision

We’ll put it bluntly: Detox is not child’s play.  It is not easy.  It is something that a medical expert should help with and supervise. Otherwise, detoxing on your own can be fatal or a failure.  Here’s some things that can happen in detox:

  • Convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart Failure
  • Seizures
  • Delirium tremens (DT’s)
  • Insomnia
  • Impaired coordination
  • Poor judgment/reasoning
  • Death

Contact Us

At Clearbrook Treatment Centers, we offer a safe, medical detox for everyone who walks through our doors. Here you will be able to withdrawal from your addiction with minimal symptoms and will be watched over around the clock by experienced medical personnel. If you are ready to take the first step to recovery, contact our Pennsylvania addiction treatment center now.

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