In Home Medical Detox from Drugs and Alcohol

In Home Medical Detox with a Private Duty Nurse

As life continues to deteriorate due to drug or alcohol use thoughts of getting sober become front and center. The fallout from substance abuse has reached every nook and cranny of life, alienating loved ones, contributing to job losses, financial problems, and a general decline in health. The only thing standing in the way between this crumbling drug or alcohol-infused life and hope for a renewed, healthy life is the decision to get treatment.

When someone is in addiction bondage and wants to break free, it is tempting to just stop using the substance and handle it. Attempting to go it alone may appeal to your desire for confidentiality, and may even seem the financially prudent way to go, but detoxing from drugs or alcohol without supervision poses significant health risks. A sound alternative to attempting detox on your own is a safe, monitored in home medical detox.

In Home Medical Detox

In Home Medical Detox


An individual who has struggled with a substance use disorder should not attempt to abruptly stop using the substance and attempt to complete the detox and withdrawal process on his or her own. It is always recommended that detox be overseen by a professional who is trained in addiction recovery, as these experts are knowledgeable about managing withdrawal symptoms and recognizing serious health events that may emerge during the process.

Addiction alters brain pathways and chemistry over time. The body increasingly adapts to these changes. When someone with a drug or alcohol dependency attempts to stop cold turkey, the body will become significantly destabilized. This is particularly true for long-term alcohol or benzodiazepine addiction or dependence. What ensues is not only physical withdrawal symptoms but psychological symptoms and instability as well. When the withdrawal effects become too much to bear, the individual will give up on the idea of recovery and return to the substance. Without someone guiding the individual through the detox and withdrawal process the attempt to enter treatment will usually fail.


A medical detox can take place either in an inpatient medical facility or in the privacy of your home. So, an in home medical detox simply means that the process of detox and withdrawal from alcohol or drugs is undergone at home under the supervision of a doctor and detox nursing team. The medical support mimics that of an inpatient facility, with identical detox services provided at each venue, home or facility.

In home detox is orchestrated by a doctor who is a board certified addiction specialist. The doctor creates the treatment plan based upon a thorough medical and psychological evaluation, and information pertaining to the substance of abuse, the duration of the abuse or addiction, and the amount of dosing. Under the doctor’s supervision, a trained detox nurse and other clinical health providers will oversee the client’s detox and withdrawal, offering medications to help ease the symptoms as well as provide emotional support throughout the process.

The ultimate goal of the medical detox is to safely guide the individual through the stages of detox in order to successfully stabilize them for beginning addiction treatment afterward. This is the key advantage of a medical detoxification, to make it through to the other side safely, thereby assisting the individual through the difficult patches that would otherwise cause them to give up.


When initiating a medically supervised detox it may be helpful to understand what to expect. It is difficult to generalized about the detox experience, as several factors will determine the detox timeline and the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. These factors include the length of addiction history, which substance is involved, the amount of the substance regularly consumed, whether there is a coexisting mental health issue, the age and general health status of the individual, and the history of prior detox attempts.

Individuals with an opiate or benzodiazepine addiction or dependence will be guided through a tapering process, where incrementally smaller doses are administered over a period of 2-4 weeks. This allows the brain to slowing adjust to the diminishing level of the substance and greatly reduces the severity of withdrawal symptoms or health risks that can occur if the drug is withdrawn suddenly.

Individuals detoxing from alcohol will be closely monitored for dangerous symptoms that may arise during days 3-4 of the detox timeline. These acute symptoms, called the delirium tremens, can come on without warning and are life threatening for a minority of individuals in alcohol detox, but for those who experience the DTs 15%-30% may expire due to the condition.

Generally, the detox timeline follows a predictable course, with the individual experiencing emerging withdrawal symptoms in the first stage, more intensified symptoms in the second stage, then subsiding symptoms in the third stage. Most detoxes take a week or less to complete. The exceptions to this include the substances, such as opioid or benzodiazepines, which require a longer tapering program.


Patient comfort and privacy are the priorities for the private detox nurse. With a one-to-one ratio, the private in home detox nurse offers highly personalized care. The detox nurse has many medical interventions available to help ease the discomfort patients experience during the detox and withdrawal process. These include:

  • Medications, such as benzodiazepine for alcohol detox. This can treat anxiety, insomnia, and reduce the risk of seizure.
  • Naltrexone or buprenorphine, which can be prescribed by the physician to ease some withdrawal symptoms in detox, and to enhance recovery success for the first several months to one year following treatment.
  • Over-the-counter medications that ease headache, fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea.
  • Holistic remedies. Concierge services may be helpful during detox, such as therapeutic massage or acupuncture.
  • Emotional support. Providing guidance and support during the detox process can help the individual make it through the detox and into a treatment program.
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In home detox has some significant advantages to detoxing in an inpatient facility. One of the most cited benefits is the privacy issue. Addiction is a sensitive personal issue that many people would prefer to keep to themselves. The best way to protect your privacy when in need of detox services is to undergo the detox process at home. Discretion is a significant advantage to receiving detox assistance in your own home environment versus a clinical setting. Home detox providers offer private medical oversight of the detox process, and confidentiality is strictly adhered to.

Those who undergo detox at home versus an inpatient setting are more relaxed going into the process, and throughout the withdrawal phases. Generally, people prefer to be in the comfort of their own familiar surroundings, and feel less restricted to carry on with business affairs or just daily activities within the home during detox. Some clients prefer to have a loved one around as an additional layer of emotional support during detox, and being at home makes that easier to accomplish.


Completing the detox and withdrawal phase is a victory that places the individual on the path to recovery. After this achievement it is essential to transition toward an outpatient or residential treatment program. Rehab programs offer diverse options depending on personal preferences, flexibility in scheduling, and the level of care that is most appropriate.

In a comprehensive rehab program there are several treatment elements that provide the necessary therapies to help the individual break free from addictive behavior responses. These therapies include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Many substance use disorders begin as a means of self-medication for emotional issues or distorted thought patterns. CBT can help the client identify the dysfunctional thought patterns that led to the maladaptive behavioral response. The therapist guides the client toward shifting these self-defeating thoughts toward positive, constructive thoughts that result in healthy behaviors. Other effective psychotherapies include motivational enhancement therapy (MET), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and contingency management (CM).
  • Group therapy.  The social component of recovery is a central feature in rehab programs. Sharing personal stories and experiences with others who also battle drug or alcohol addiction helps build social support and self-confidence. A skilled therapist will guide discussions and provide feedback, as well as teach new coping skills.
  • Relapse Prevention Planning. An essential aspect of recovery is relapse prevention planning, where the individual will identify his or her own particular triggers that could result in relapse, and the actions to take when they occur.
  • Holistic Activities. Holistic activities play an important role in recovery. Because stress is a common trigger for relapse, teaching individuals in recovery the benefits of relaxation techniques becomes an important coping skill. These activities might include yoga, meditation, art therapy, journaling, or therapeutic massage.

Kinkaid Private Care Coordinates In Home Medical Detox Services

Kinkaid Private Care coordinates a clinician led trained detox care team to support clients through the difficulties of drug and alcohol detox.  The top notch, compassionate detox care providers are devoted to making the client as comfortable as possible throughout the process, offering medical intervention as well as concierge holistic therapies that can further ease the effects of withdrawal.  For more information about our services, please contact Kinkaid Private Nursing Care today at (877) 388-6373.


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