Due to the COVID 19 response protocols that are being initiated throughout the country, in the form of stay at home orders, many people are left on their own, detoxing at home. We have issued a general public warning to ensure the safety of people who have found themselves without the means to supply their addiction. This warning is in response to the many people who have been cut off from their supply of drugs, medications, or alcohol supply due to the pandemic.
Addiction No More can give you free detox advice, help, and tips to ensure a
safe at-home detox
if at all possible. For some medications, drugs, and alcohol, there may need to be some coordination with doctors and medical practitioners to ensure that at-home detoxification is medically safe. Do not stop taking any of your medications without prior doctors’ approval as some medications can have serious and in some cases life-threatening side effects.COVID-19 Update
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Do not let COVID-19 be the reason to delay getting the help you need.
There are two types of withdrawal generally accepted amongst mental health professionals. Acute Withdrawal and Protracted Withdrawal.
Acute Withdrawal is when an individual suddenly stops the intake of the substance of choice. Once the drug has left the system, the symptoms left are usually the opposite of the effects the substance was providing. this, in turn, makes the withdrawal symptoms different for every drug.
- Nicotine: 2-4 weeks
- Cannabis: 5 days
- Alcohol: 5-7 days
- Stimulants: 1-2 weeks
- Opioids: 4-10 days;
- Benzodiazepines: 1-4 weeks, or 3-5 weeks if reducing dosage gradually
- Methadone maybe 14-21 days up to a year for taper down programs
Protracted Withdrawal Symptoms that last longer than the normal withdrawal period for the drug that was in question are listed as protracted withdrawal or the more common names, post-acute withdrawal symptoms, Chronic withdrawal, or extended withdrawal.
- Anxiety and irritability
- Difficulty focusing on tasks, concentrating and making decisions
- Difficulty in finding pleasure
- Impaired executive control
- Problems sleeping, Insomnia
- Loss of libido
- Substance cravings
- Physical symptoms that are otherwise unexplainable
Serious drug and alcohol withdrawal and detoxification warnings issued for those who are dependant on the following substances including heavy alcohol abusers.
Alcohol can be one of the most dangerous substances to detox from alone, at home without medical supervision. Depending on the addiction and length of use, alcohol detoxification
can have serious life-threatening consequences if left alone. If you have been drinking daily, or in large quantities, please do not stop drinking abruptly before giving our helpline a call. We can help you determine if you will be able to detox without the need for a medically assisted detox.
Common Alcohol Detox Side Effects
- Feeling anxious, nervous, irritable, mood swings, depressed, wiped out and tired
- Shakiness, Tremors, Sweating, Headache, Faster heart rate, Dilated pupils
- Not being able to think clearly, Difficulty sleeping, Having nightmares,
- Dilated pupils, Appetite loss, Nausea and/or vomiting
The most serious of the side effects of alcohol withdrawal and detoxification is called “Delirium tremors” or the DT’s.
Around 3-5% of people who are heavy drinkers experience the DT’s. If you or someone you care about is experiencing the Delirium Tremors, please seek emergency treatment before the symptoms get worse.
Below are the symptoms of the delirium tremors
- High Fever, High blood pressure
- Extreme agitation,extreme Confusion,Hallucinations,
Some drugs can have serious side effects which can lead to death if not tapered down properly with medical supervision. Benzodiazepines like Xanax, Valium, Klonopin
Alprazolam (Xanax, Xanax XR)
Diazepam (Valium, Diastat Acudial, Diastat)
Estazolam (Prosom is a discontinued brand in the US)
Please do not try to do a cold turkey detox from any benzodiazepine. We highly recommend that you call us immediately if you have been cut off from your supply of Xanax and are feeling any of the symptoms listed above.
Methadone is an opiate replacement drug that must be tapered down from. If you are prescribed this drug and facing financial hardship, talk to your provider. There may be some options available through the state in the form of emergency medical funding.
Methadone Taperdown detox protocols are usually no more than 10 mg a week to ensure comfortable and medically safe detoxification. Do not
quit Methadone cold turkey if you are prescribed it daily for maintenance. Always taper down slowly or seek a medical detox professional.
Opioids, opiates, Heroin
, Normally are safe to detox from less the horrible withdrawal symptoms that can ensue 12 or fewer hours after the last dosage. We can assist with home detox for Heroin and opioids and give you some ideas for making the detox a bit more comfortable. If you are mixing opiate medications with benzodiazepines call us immediately due to serious health concerns with detoxification.
Amphetamine detox will usually produce the opposite effects as the drug was intended to do. Sleep and healthy food can help more than anything through the detox process for amphetamines. The real issue is the cravings and how to deal with the need to get more of the drug. We can assist you with at-home support groups and online treatment options.
Our counselors, here at Addiction No More, have been committed to helping those in need for over 20 years. We will continue to assist those in need throughout this Corona Virus Pandemic through online help, phone consultations, and if needed, placement into detox that is safe during this outbreak. Our detox professionals, doctors, and nurses are taking this pandemic very seriously and are practicing safe PPE protocols to ensure the safety of the clients and medical staff.
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