Most of these withdrawal symptoms are very uncomfortable, especially if someone goes through them alone. However, many of these symptoms can be mitigated with medications and constant monitoring in a medical setting.
A special caution to those considering doing an alcohol detox alone: according to Alcohol Health & Research World, between 5-25% of people who do alcohol detox alone die.4 The cause of death that is related to alcohol detox is typically heart failure.
Inpatient Detox Programs Are Safe
The risk of heart failure or other serious issues could be addressed in an inpatient program because they monitor a patient’s vitals 24/7. Patients undergoing detox can receive medical attention as needed to ensure a safe and healthy detox. Patients avoid the dangerous risks associated with detoxing alone at inpatient treatment centers like Schick Shadel Hospital. Highly trained registered nurses use safety techniques to ensure that patients are safe and comfortable throughout the process.
This is Reason #1 of a three-part series: The Dangers of Detoxing Alone.
If you’re ready to go to the next part, click here: Surviving Detox: Reason #2 to Never Detox Alone