Why Detox at Home Feels Impossible

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

It is very difficult to imagine that you might not be in control of your own life. In many ways, this is true, but people addicted to chemicals are probably the greatest example of this. In many cases, they are compelled by a need to replenish the drug their body has grown to depend on. So when someone decides that they want to quit, and regain some of that control, that’s fantastic. But how they do it is important too. Detox is already difficult for people addicted to chemical substances, and the temptations at home for these newly resolved people will often prove to be too much.



Detox is one of the most vulnerable states an addict can be in. They’re often in extreme physical and mental discomfort, experiencing withdrawal symptoms that generally, they would try to avoid by taking more of the drug. So it is easy to imagine that, in their home, where they know where to get more drugs, and only volunteers to watch the patient, the attempt to clean themselves of the drug could just fail right then and there.

Dangers of Detoxing at Home

The dangers aren’t just to the progress of the patient, either. If there is a particularly bad withdrawal symptom, like a seizure or hallucinations, one’s home might not be as safe a place to detox as one would think. In a house is furniture, dishes and tableware, windows, mirrors, and all sorts of other things that can pose a danger to someone not in control of themselves. And if there is a third party there to watch the addict, they might not be able to respond appropriately to a medical emergency or a bad withdrawal symptom.


Other Options

South Florida detox options are fortunately very plentiful, and staffed with well-trained professionals who can help a patient in their worst state. They’ve seen it before, and are trained to respond to whatever might be the problem. In fact, their livelihood counts on being able to do so, so there’s many reasons to trust the professionals in this case.


If you’re in South Florida and you or someone you know needs help with a drug addiction, contact us at (866) 971-5531.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.