The Dangers of Alcohol Detox at Home

Why You Should Never Attempt This on Your Own

Those who are dependent or addicted to alcohol should never detox on their own at home. Going ‘cold turkey’ can put the individual into a state of shock and the individual can suffer major seizures and other life-threatening side effects. It’s important that individuals who are struggling with alcoholism and alcohol use disorder seek professional help when detoxing from the substance.

Many people do not realize that alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances to detox from on your own. This is because serious side effects and withdrawal symptoms are rough and begin to set in only hours after the last drink was had; the symptoms of withdrawal being very severe. Alcohol is classified as a depressant and affects every part of the body. Alcohol works to slow down the body’s ability to function at a normal pace and, in turn, the individual’s central nervous system works ‘overtime’ to compensate. When you abuse alcohol on a regular basis, your body begins to adapt to this way of functioning and starts to depend on alcohol as a means of survival. 

Risks of Detoxing Alone

There are a number of risks involved in detoxing on your own without medical help. Some of these include:

  • Heart failure
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Losing consciousness

In only a matter of hours after an alcohol-dependent individual does not have a drink, withdrawal symptoms will begin to set in. Heart palpitations and hallucinations may begin to occur which can cause other harmful side effects. When an individual is attempting to detox at home, they don’t have access to the proper medication that will allow for a smoother detox so that they can experience fewer side effects. 

Detox from alcohol should take place in a monitored and controlled environment where the individual has around-the-clock care and access to help when they need it. Detox is not an easy thing to go through and even with the help of medication, symptoms of withdrawal can still be experienced. 

Signs That you Need Help

There are a number of signs that indicate help is needed for your alcohol abuse problem. Some of the signs that you may have an alcohol abuse problem are:

  • Drinking more than you intended to
  • Attempting to cut down on the quantity you drink but are unable to
  • Spending a good chunk of the day recovering from a hangover
  • Having strong cravings for a drink
  • Give up activities to drink
  • Continue to drink although it is affecting your relationship/marriage
  • You develop a high tolerance to alcohol which means you need more just to feel its effects
  • You experience withdrawal symptoms 

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you may be struggling with alcohol use disorder. This disorder can quickly spiral into alcohol addiction and alcoholism which is why it’s imperative that you seek help as soon as you know that there is an issue.  

Many individuals are in denial about their substance abuse issue, but the more you lie to yourself about your problem, the more severe your problem will become. It’s important that you get the help you need now to make a full recovery.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.