Your Guide to Safe Alcohol Detox

Why a home detox is a practical option

Someone goes through an “alcohol detox” when they stop drinking alcohol after a long time. A detox gets rid of all the toxins in the body.

Getting off alcohol is a difficult process that could lead to health problems. Experts in health care often suggest doing it in the home, a hospital or other residential setting.

People choose to detox from alcohol for many different reasons. You might think you’re getting too dependent on alcohol or that it’s a good choice at this point in your life. But if you want to do an alcohol detox, you should learn more about the risks and how to do it safely at home.

Signs of Withdrawal

During the first few days of your alcohol detox, you may have withdrawal symptoms. In the first 24 hours, your withdrawal symptoms will be mild to moderate. Then, between 48 and 72 hours into your detox, you may feel more severe withdrawal symptoms. Although everyone is different, and the timings may vary.

Many withdrawal signs are dangerous, painful, and hard to deal with if not medicated. Some of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are:

  • Hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Blood pressure fluctuations
  • Excessive sweating
  • Trouble going to sleep or staying asleep

If you already have psychiatric problems and your vital signs are unstable, or you don’t have a settled home environment, then more consideration should be given to a residential and / or hospital option.

How to do a Home Detox

Before detoxing, always talk to your doctor or a specialist home detox service such as Addictions UK.

If you are at risk of having a seizure, it can be dangerous to detox at home without the help of a doctor.

If you want to get off alcohol at home, you should talk to your doctor about certain things, such as:

  • Is it best for you to detox at home with medical supervision?
  • Do you have the tools you need to get through your transition safely?
  • Why are you going through detox at home instead of in a hospital or rehab centre?

People often recover at home because they feel safest there. It’s also cheaper and better for your privacy to detox at home. You get to be with close friends and family who will be there for you and help you through the process.

Before You Get Going

Get yourself and your home ready for detox before you start by following these steps:

  • Get rid of any alcohol you have at home
  • Get rid of all alcohol from your home and other places you hang out
  • Avoid bars, parties, and other social events where alcoholic drinks might be served
  • Tell your support group: Share the load with your close family and friends. They can hold you responsible, hold your hand, and call emergency services if something goes wrong with your health.
  • Give yourself a break: If you have a demanding job or a busy routine, it can be harder to quit drinking. Take some time off so you can focus on detoxing and getting better.
  • Keep a record: Track how much you drink, how often you drink, and what time of day you drink in the weeks or days before you start your detox.

During Your Detox

Once you decide to stop drinking, you can start detoxing at home. Here are some ways you can help yourself during detox:

Stay on top of your nutrition. For the average person, eating well is very important. It’s even more critical when trying to get rid of toxins. Eat foods and vegetables that will give you the nutrients you need daily. Most people who drink a lot don’t get enough nutrients, so you should talk to your doctor about taking multiple vitamins. Vitamin B, especially thiamine, can be beneficial.

Drink water: Some withdrawal signs, like throwing up and sweating, can make you lose body fluids. During detox, you must keep drinking fluids so you don’t become dehydrated.

Avoid triggers: If you can, make a strict plan to help avoid things that make you want to drink. Some triggers could be engaging with certain people, going to certain places, or being in stressful situations. Even though you can’t avoid every possible cause, you can eliminate the ones you can.

Stay busy. Later in the detox process even when you don’t feel like it, regular exercise will help you get through your detox. Exercise is also a great way to keep your mind off drinking during detox.

Make arrangements for emergency help:

  • Keep a first-aid kit on hand
  • Tell your friends and family what to do if they see severe signs
  • Be able to call your doctor or 999 in emergencies.

Dangers of Doing Detox at Home

When you detox without medication at home, a few things could go wrong:

Relapsing: The process of detoxing is complicated and often painful. If you try to detox at home without help from a doctor, you might give up and start drinking again to escape the withdrawal symptoms. Researchers have found that people who detox at home are more likely to begin using alcohol again.

Increased risk of mental health conditions worsening: Alcohol use disorder and alcohol dependence often go hand in hand with mental health problems like anxiety and depression. When stopping drinking alone and without medication these situations can get worse. At home, you might not know what’s going on with you, but with your therapists support often it will be easier when to talk and understand what is happening.

Talking to the doctor before detoxing at home, and ensuring you have the proper medical help and supervision. Even though detoxing at home is often the norm, some people may need extra help in a hospital or recovery centre in more difficult cases

The Best Home Detox Package

AddictionsUK is the pioneer and most experienced home detox treatment programme. It was established to help people get better by getting them to stop using alcohol and drugs through home-based treatments.

AddictionsUK offers a wide range of services, including training courses, family therapy, recovery housing and spiritual trips abroad for holistic growth.

Why Home Detox?

Many people would rather be treated at home for any illness, especially people with addictions.

Independent doctors can prescribe the correct medications Whilst we can offer therapy and support services creating the team you need to get well.

Before any detox begins, a risk and prescribing review will be done by doctors who are not employed directly by AUK. Most of the time, home is the most comfortable and safe place to be. Independent medical practitioners will always need a responsible adult to hold and give the medicine.

How Does It Work?

Before recommending this or any other treatment, the independent medical practitioner will thoroughly evaluate the patient’s medical, psychological, and substance history—our fellow GPs have years of experience providing safe medical care for alcohol cessation. The services are reasonably priced, efficient, and private.

Only when used in conjunction with an ongoing treatment plan is detox beneficial. If you’d prefer, you can arrange for this independently, or we can add our home treatment programme with a qualified therapist.

In the weeks that follow the home detox programme, ongoing talking therapy and support from a qualified expert are included.

The Advantages of Home Detox Service

AddictionsUK home detox service has several unparalleled advantages:

Prompt Our representative can get in touch with you right away to talk about your needs. Following a risk assessment, we will make all the arrangements, and you will be given the phone number for our 24-hour helpline.

Clinically Safe

Together with a qualified therapist, an independent doctor with years of experience in the safe medical care of alcohol cessation will analyze your unique needs. To aid your body in adjusting to not having access to alcohol, they may prescribe various medications.

With this approach, you can avoid the discomfort and anxiety of “cold turkey” reactions and severe withdrawal symptoms like seizures or fits.

As the dosage is adjusted, your body will rebalance. You may be given a sedative and a sleep aid at the beginning of your prescribed regimen.


Home-based treatment enables you to continue with many of your daily activities, unlike clinic-based treatment, which isolates you from your typical pattern of life.


Even if you need additional care, residential therapy is much more expensive than detoxification at home.


You might be concerned about how having an addiction and home detox on your medical records will affect your work or career.

Without your consent, we won’t get in touch with your doctor. However, if you have a persistent medical condition that puts you in danger, the independent medical practitioner may occasionally want to speak with your doctor.

The central or local government and other addiction databases do not receive any personal data or statistics from practitioners.


The Addictions UK 24/7 Helpline will handle any urgent inquiries or difficulties you must report after the initial prescription consultation. We believe its important to have at least daily contact between ourselves and yourself and to this end we set a contact appointment each day.

To help you stay free from addiction, you will also need the assistance of a qualified therapist. Our programme can include continued support to assist you in avoiding a relapse.

With various therapy, counselling, and recovery coaching programmes available, ongoing care can continue to help you and, as necessary, your family and friends.

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction issue, call Addictions UK on Freephone 0800 140 4044