9 Tips to Detoxing from Alcohol at Home
You may be wondering how can you detox from alcohol? The truth is, it’s both simpler and harder than you might think. While what you must do may be easy in theory, it can be physically and mentally exhausting and physically painful. While it may not be an easy road, it is definitely an important one to travel. So without further ado, here are 9 tips to detoxing from alcohol at home.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’ll want to be comfortable when you’re detoxing. This doesn’t just mean that you should have a comfy seat, either. Make sure that you have anything you may need or want. This includes any comfort creatures like your favorite blanket, a fan, your laptop, snacks – anything that makes you feel better. Set yourself up somewhere comfortable, with things that make you happy and comfortable.
Staying hydrated is an incredibly important part of detoxing. While you should drink plenty of water, you should also drink plenty of fluids with electrolytes. This will help with any dehydration or nausea you may experience while going through withdrawals.
Here is where there is a bit of contention. Hangover foods can be great – fatty meats and healthy fats can help to get sugar out of your system. This can be helpful because when alcohol metabolizes in your body, it becomes sugar. However, eating greasy meats with rich avocados may make your stomach even more queasy. A typical rule of thumb that works for everyone is to eat healthy fruits and veggies. They’re easier for your body to digest and they’re good for you. A bonus is that they also don’t take much prep time at all, so you don’t have to worry about cooking. Preparing a few days’ worth of meals before your detox is also a good idea!
4Clean out your system
When you’re preparing for a detox, cleaning out your system can be a godsend. Some swear that it helps your body to detox faster, while others say that it just helped get them through it with less ‘side effects’. Typically, there are two ways to clean out your system.
An enema can help you clear your system out quickly. While chemical enemas may be easier to obtain, distilled water enemas are thought to be healthier and get deeper.
A juice cleanse is a more pleasant way to cleanse your body, though it can take a little longer and may take more lead in time. You can also pair the two for a pretty wicked cleanse.
If you’re brave, you can also take some aloe vera, which is known to clean systems quickly and efficiently.
5Be Ready For Cravings
No amount of reading or speaking is going to prepare you for the cravings you will face. To sum it up lightly, it’s going to suck. However, fighting your cravings is a lot like riding a wave. You’ll feel the cravings coming strong. They’ll bend up, swell, and you’ll probably want to give in. But if you let it pass, and you know that it will pass, it will recede. It’s just like tides coming and going. Knowing that they will come can help. Having something ready for when they come is important.
Some ways you can prepare for the cravings is to ensure that there is absolutely no alcohol in the house. This can include even basic household items like cooking wines, vanilla extracts, and even mouthwashes.
Indulge in your hobbies. Whether you like to whittle wood, paint, write, binge watch shows – do it. When those cravings hit, having something that you enjoy doing to distract you can be the difference between giving in and fighting.
6Remind Yourself Of Why
Even the most prepared detoxer can still find their breaking point. Having a reminder of why you’ve decided to detox can make all of the difference. Whether this is a note you’ve written to yourself with your reasons, pictures of your loved ones, health reports from your doctor – whatever your reason is.
Whether you prefer traditional meditation through centering yourself mentally, or more recent advents, meditation can help get you through the cravings and the pain. Employing breathing techniques and using cold showers to help focus and clear your mind can help get you through the worst parts of detox.
8Have Solid Support
Detoxing should never be a point of shame. Don’t keep your bravery a secret. However, it is understandable that you might want to go it alone. Don’t! Have a support system. Let your best friend, your spouse, your parents, therapist, anyone you’re close to and feel comfortable with, know what you’re about to do. This way you can have people you love and trust check on you and possibly be with you while you’re going through detox.
9Exercise As Much As You Can
No one really feels like exercising during a detox, but it is critical. Not only can it help distract you from your cravings, it can help you sweat out all the bad stuff. Whether it’s a brisk walk around the block or some gentle yoga, do it. Whatever you’re comfortable with.
10Watch Out For Delirium Tremens (DTs)
Feeling like crap while detoxing is normal, but if you start to feel the effects of Delirium Tremens, better known as the DTs, you need to seek medical help immediately. While some can make it through DTs on their own, many people die. Get help immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Quick changes in mood
- Deep sleep that lasts more than one day
- Decreased attention span
- Changes in your mental function
- Body tremors
Going through detox sucks, but when you prepare for it and you know why you’re doing it, you can make it through. You got this!