Looking to detox at home? Here’s how to prepare…

Many of us look to cut down on substances and certain parts of our lives that we perhaps over-indulge in or have become addicted to, and in the case of the latter it can be seriously hard to completely remove that from our lives, in particularly drugs and alcohol. 

For the most part, in order to do that, people check into rehabilitation centres, but that isn’t always accessible for people, with treatment causing money. And with addiction more likely in more deprived areas of communities, it can feel like getting help with an addiction is almost impossible.

However, that isn’t the case. Detoxing at home can be done, and while it is less safe than doing so in a controlled environment with professional help, there are ways in which you can make it work.

Millions of people have successfully navigated detoxing from home – the first stage of battling any addiction, and there are certain things you can do to help prepare your home for an at-home detox…

Stock, and destock, your kitchen

Going through the withdrawal process can incredibly tough on the body and in many cases getting the nutrients you need can take a backseat. Your kitchen is going to prove an important place.

Firstly, you need to remove anything from your kitchen, or the rest of your home, that you’re addicted to. So, in the case of alcohol, remove all alcohol from your home. 

Then it’s time to stock up your kitchen. Plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need to make well-balanced meals and get the nutrients you need. What can also be helpful is to pre-make meals so that you don’t have to spend hours cooking elaborate meals when you’re suffering in the middle of detox. They’re there, ready to eat.

Book time off work

Just because you’re detoxing at home, that doesn’t mean you can live your life as normal. If you try, ultimately the detox will fail. You need to dedicate time and effort to your recovery and give yourself the space and calmness to recover. Work could well be one of the contributing factors to your addiction, so you need to remove yourself from those situations in order to fully focus. 

Take a large chunk of time off work and explain to your employers that you are seeking treatment and they will be much more understanding and even help with anything you need.

Build a support network

It may even be that your workplace or key individuals there become part of your support network. Having a support network when detoxing at home, in particular, is so crucial as they can not only aid in your usual responsibilities outside of work to allow you to focus on recovery, but also help you get through the detox.

There are dangers that come with detoxing from home, including serious health risks in some cases, so having someone to seek medical assistance in an emergency can potentially be life-saving. 

What’s more, their support will go far beyond the detoxing process, and aid in your recovery over the long term too.