Information on Detoxing from Drugs

Never Detox Alone

When kicking heroin, detoxing alone is never an option. Remember the following:

  • If a treatment center or hospital is an option, use it. This will automatically provide supervision to prevent suicide attempts.
  • If the heroin detox is to take place at home, it’s essential to have a family member, friend or another trusted person nearby. If no one can stay round-the-clock, have someone check in on her regularly.
  • If a doctor or therapist is involved in treatment, ask them for additional advice for this process.

Take Suicide Precautions

Though kicking heroin should be ideally done under the care of qualified medical professionals, inpatient care is not always possible. If detoxing at home, the environment must be as safe as possible. Remove any prescription drugs, cords, wires, razors and guns from the house.

Drug and alcohol abusers are five times more likely to kill themselves than the general population. Enduring the ups and downs of detox ultimately makes the withdrawal period especially high-risk for suicide.

Watch for Warning Signs

Following are common indicators that a person may be at risk of suicide.

  • The mention of suicide or talking about death
  • Frequent or prolonged episodes of crying
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Negative thinking
  • Life-endangering behaviors
  • Self-isolation
  • Saying good-bye or giving away prized possessions
  • A sudden mood-shift to happiness. (This may indicate a decision to commit suicide has been made. They now feel “happy” that their problems will be “resolved.”)

Always Better Safe Than Sorry

If someone you know is exhibiting these or other concerning symptoms, keep her under close watch and contact a health professional. You should also connect with other suicide prevention resources, such as the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK.

Never downplay or ignore the warning signs of suicide. Instead, take immediate action and get her the help she truly needs…she’ll thank you for it later.