Alcohol addiction is one of the most common addictions. In fact, since alcohol is legal for adults, that makes it easy to buy and abuse. When some people realize their drinking has become a problem, they attempt a self detox solution. However, self detox from alcohol poses some serious dangers.
What Is Self Detox from Alcohol?
Self detox consists of two primary approaches to quitting alcohol: tapering and cold turkey. Specifically, tapering involves progressive decreases in your total alcohol intake over time. The idea goes that gradual reduction will minimize withdrawal. Cold turkey, however, involves a complete stop. You give up alcohol completely from one minute to the next. The idea goes that full stop quitting provides a clean psychological break that tapering doesn’t. Unfortunately, neither approach offers good odds of success for different reasons.
The Dangers of Tapering
The main danger of the tapering method of self detox from alcohol is that you can’t realistically self-control your consumption. Therefore, once the withdrawal symptoms set in, you’ll drink more to feel better. For even a chance at success, this approach needs another person to monitor you. The problem is the alcohol detox timeline runs about a week. Most people simply cannot drop everything for a whole week to help someone detox. Odds are high that the tapering method will end with more drinking. For example, the long-term consequences include:
- Liver disease
- Cardiovascular problems
- Kidney failure
- Nerve damage
The Dangers of Cold Turkey
The dangers of a cold turkey self detox from alcohol are much more severe. In the best case scenario, you can expect a number of nasty physical side effects. Some of the more common ones include diarrhea, headaches, nausea, muscle cramps, high blood pressure, and restlessness. You can also look forward to psychological symptoms. Additionally, these symptoms can range from anxiety and severe cravings to paranoia and full-blown hallucinations. For a serious drinker, things can get worse. You can face delirium tremens or the DTs. Someone in the throes of the DTs can suffer from grand mal seizures. Moreover, symptoms of these seizures can include violent thrashing, tongue swallowing, and passing out. Intense hallucinations and paranoia can make you lash out violently at other people. Furthermore, those same hallucinations can make you harm yourself. Attempting a cold turkey self detox may feel like taking control, but the risks vastly outweigh the potential benefits.
Seek Help At Gallus Detox Centers
Gallus Detox Centers offer three and seven-day, inpatient alcohol detox programs. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, Gallus serves the Scottsdale, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Ahwatukee areas. For example, our programs include:
Take back control of your life from addiction or chronic pain. You can beat addiction with the right treatment. Reach out to Gallus today at 888-228-9114 and we’ll start you on the road to your recovery.