Many people consider alcohol detoxing at home. They may consider at-home detox because it appears to make the difficult situation easier to deal with. A person’s home is usually the most comfortable, safe, and controllable place in the world. Detoxing from alcohol carries serious, potentially life-threatening risks, especially when done alone.
When you abruptly stop drinking alcohol, your body responds with a series of withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are excruciatingly painful, difficult to control, and can last for weeks. It’s even more difficult if you don’t have any medication to help you get through it. Sudden alcohol withdrawal can result in hallucinations, seizures, and even heart failure, which can lead to death.
Withdrawing from alcohol is difficult, and not everyone is capable of doing so on their own. Because of this difficulty, medical professionals in rehab facilities across the country administer alcohol detoxification and withdrawal treatment.