The Pros and Cons of At-Home Detox
Although there are benefits from at-home drug detox — such as the flexibility to continue a normal routine at home, school or work, the opportunity to save money, and the chance to avoid explaining yourself to loved ones and colleagues about a long absence — there are also many disadvantages that come with it, which can be exacerbated by detoxing at home.
Often times, people choose to not seek treatment because of the high monetary cost of quality care. Detox and rehabilitation services can be expensive, so it’s important to figure out the exact details of what you would need to pay for, as well as if or how much your insurance will cover or reimburse you.
Inpatient residential drug detox and rehabilitation programs require payment for room and board, as well as for the different therapies, medications and services, which can range from $5,000 for a three-month program up to $180,000 a month for a luxury program. Many people choose to take the outpatient detox and treatment path primarily because of the affordability of care without compromising quality, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 90.2 percent of patients in rehab were on an outpatient basis in 2013.
Though skipping inpatient and even outpatient care to save money may be appealing, it is important to remember that the benefits of medically-assisted detox do outweigh the costs involved. It has to be taken into consideration that without professional treatment care, addicts relapse up to 90% of the time they attempt to detox and recover on their own.
The withdrawal symptoms that one will experience throughout the detoxification process can potentially be dangerous and even fatal without medical assistance. Many addicts find it difficult or impossible to get through withdrawal symptoms like mood swings, irritability, mania, depression, insomnia, unrestful sleep, extreme fatigue, chills, sweating, tremors or shaking, seizures, headache, nausea and vomiting and cravings; this often prompts relapse and subsequent overdose.
A medically-assisted detox offers a variety of therapies, medications, and the opportunity for monitoring your mental and physical health by medical professionals. These services are aimed at alleviating or easing withdrawal symptoms as the drug or drugs leave the body, as well as address underlying or comorbid problems. Medications such as benzodiazepines, antidepressants, clonidine, naltrexone, acamprosate, disulfiram and naloxone require a prescription and are recommended to be taken under medical supervision with continued monitoring.
If cost is still a deterrent for seeking professional detox or treatment, many programs offer payment plans, financing or a sliding scale payment option to provide people with lifesaving care.
Flexibility and Comfort of Home
Many people feel they would simply rather detox and recover in the comfort and familiarity of their home as opposed to moving somewhere new or traveling to adhere the rules and schedule of an inpatient or outpatient detox and treatment program. On one hand, inpatient programs can be difficult for those on a budget, as well as for those who cannot take time away from personal or professional responsibilities. On the other hand, outpatient programs can be difficult for those who do not have a support group and are not stable enough to get to and from treatment.
Inpatient detox can last anywhere from a few days to four weeks, and an inpatient treatment program typically lasts between 30 and 90 days. Inpatient care offers the most intensive level of addiction care with round-the-clock physical and emotional support from professional medical staff in a safe and healthy residential facility. Each day at an inpatient addiction treatment program is carefully structured, supervised and consists of working with physicians, psychologists, counselors, and specialists individually and in group settings. Outpatient detox and treatment programs typically require less time and money and are an excellent option for addicts who cannot take time away from their personal, social, school or work responsibilities, as well as for those on a budget. Some programs meet once or twice a week for up to a few hours a day, while others have a full daily and weekly schedule of appointments, sessions and activities.
Though saving time, avoiding a commute, and staying close to friends and family in the comfort of your own home may be appealing, it’s critical to remember the benefits of detoxing and recovering away from home. The consistency of a daily schedule that an inpatient or outpatient program provides can benefit the addict so that there is little to no time for destructive negative thoughts or activities and fills the day with time for productive social interactions and personal growth. Choosing an inpatient or outpatient program gives the patient the opportunity to focus on recovery by removing one’s self from the temptations of bad influences and habits.
You, friends and family are not professionally equipped to deal with any single or combination of co-occurring problems, sometimes love is not the best medicine.