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Going through the withdrawal process and trying to DIY detox at home is a dangerous undertaking. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to help yourself or someone you love to detox at home, let us say this: If you or someone you care about has been struggling with alcohol or drugs and are ready to quit, before you try to detox at home, we encourage you to speak to one of our addiction specialists. The detox process without medical supervision can be dangerous. That’s why our team is standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on evenings, weekends and holidays, to take calls from people who need help. 

Alcohol Detox at Home

Detoxification is the process your body goes through when you stop using a substance — whether legal or illegal, prescribed or self-dosed. If you’ve ever tried to do something as “simple” as change your diet, like giving up sugar, for example, you might have experienced withdrawal symptoms like headaches, cravings and shakiness. 

For someone who has been abusing alcohol, the withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous. The longer you have used alcohol and the more you use, the more dangerous your withdrawal symptoms can be. 

That is why when people ask us how to detox from alcohol at home, we recommend speaking to an addiction and recovery specialist. Many of our staff have been through the addiction, detox and recovery process themselves or with loved ones. Our medical staff is licensed and trained to oversee patients who need help getting through the detox process safely. 

You can help someone go through the detox process by encouraging them to seek professional help, providing support, and encouraging them to stay positive, which may be the hardest thing to do when they are suffering. 

ETOH Withdrawal Symptoms

Before you attempt at-home alcohol detox or home remedies for alcohol detox, you should understand the withdrawal symptoms from giving up alcohol cold turkey, from mild to moderate to severe:

Mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms

  • Anxiety, anger, sadness and depression
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances, insomnia
  • Upset stomach, gastric disturbances

Moderate alcohol withdrawal symptoms

  • Sweating, cold sweats
  • Feverish
  • Increased heart rate, high blood pressure

Severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms

  • Delirium tremens, also known as DTs
  • Seizures, including fatal seizures
  • Hallucinations, confusion
  • Suicidal thoughts

Learn more about alcohol addiction, our free alcohol abuse assessments and how alcohol addiction is treated at Cornerstone of Southern California.

How to Detox from Drugs at Home

If you are the person going through the drug detox process, seek support from people who have always offered emotional support. Don’t expect them to give in to your demands or tolerate verbal abuse from you. Don’t try to stop them if they try to seek professional help; you cannot expect your friends and family to carry the burden of ushering you through drug withdrawal. Leave that to professionals.

If someone you care about is going through withdrawal symptoms and trying to detox from opiates or detox from benzos at home, the self-prescribed detox process can be very dangerous. We do not advise doing this on your own. Our experts do not recommend that you try any home remedies for detoxing from drugs on your own. We do recommend, however, that you offer support in these ways:

  • Don’t criticize or tell them everything they’ve done wrong. 
  • Don’t take anything they say or do personally; they are going through a difficult time.
  • Don’t try to medicate them or give them money to buy drugs.  
  • Do set boundaries — let your loved one know what you will and will not tolerate as they go through this difficult process.
  • Do seek help. Professionals are standing by to help you or your loved one go through the drug detoxification process. 
  • Do provide encouragement. 

Learn more about the drug detox process:

Help with Home Detox in Los Angeles and Orange County

If you live in Southern California, you have a wealth of options for helping you or your loved one detox from alcohol or drugs. 

Cornerstone of Southern California has been helping people who struggle with substance use disorders, alcoholism, and drug addictions since the 1980s. We offer medication-assisted detoxification, which helps ease the addict through their withdrawal symptoms. Our goal is to help you transition to sober living long-term, and minimize the chances of relapse. 

Going through detox and withdrawal on your own increases your risk for relapse. Because the side effects of stopping cold turkey or not detoxing safely are so uncomfortable, painful and dangerous, some people turn to other substances, which can result in newer addictions.

We don’t want that to happen. 

Your time with Cornerstone starts with a free addiction assessment. Talk to us, tell us your story, your struggles and your symptoms, and we’ll explain how we work. Your conversations are confidential.

Cornerstone is a contracted provider with most major insurance plans, and if your plan isn’t listed here, your insurance company may cover your services with us. Because we have a long-standing reputation as a center of excellence for drug and alcohol addiction treatments, many insurance companies cover our services. 


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