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Teen boy detoxing in treatment centerWhy Your Teen Should Never Try to Detox at Home

It’s a common thought that runs through the mind when a person is desperately ready to detox – doing it at home. For many, this idea seems not only convenient, but more comfortable, too, since they’ll be at home. Adolescents may not fully understand the dangers associated with this, however; detoxification is a serious process that can go deadly wrong if not approached correctly. Movies and television shows glamorize at-home detox by showing teens lying in bed, experiencing minimal withdrawal symptoms but recovering after only a few days of minor care from a loved one. The reality, however, is that detox can be much more than that – and considering the fact that the pre-teen brain is still developing, detox is most safely done in a professional setting.

The Risks of Teens Detoxing at Home

A teen’s central nervous system can adapt to become highly dependent to certain drugs, which means that the greater the severity of dependence, the more serious the detox. If improper preventative measures are taken, detox can lead to life-threatening medical conditions, such as seizures or heart problems. Severe withdrawal symptoms are also a huge risk as they may become too uncomfortable; in these instances, teen’s may find themselves in a high-risk situation with nowhere to turn.

The Benefits of Seeking Treatment at ARCH Academy

At ARCH Academy, your teen will be surrounded by a healthcare team who can monitor them 24/7 to ensure that they’re on the right track. Elements of treatment – such as therapy, school and study sessions, prepared group meals, recreation, personal time and 12-Step meetings – provide a well-rounded approach to helping adolescents find community and healing in a safe environment.

Dr. Marienfeld, a physician and expert on addiction, told Yale Medicine in 2017,

“If someone is struggling with severe dependence, they may be out on the street or doing desperate things to try to support their habit. There can be health consequences and legal consequences if they can’t start treatment right away.”

Don’t wait any longer to help your teen seek treatment. Detoxing at home can be unpredictable but receiving care from Cumberland Heights’ ARCH Academy  means that your adolescent will be in good care.

Adolescent Recovery of Cumberland Heights (ARCH) originally began in 1985 when there were few other adolescent programs like it in the country. In 2019, we’re expanding our continuum of services with ARCH Academy, a unique program located in Kingston Springs that offers 60 days to 6 months of residential care to adolescent boys ages 14-18 who are struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction. This new program stems from Cumberland Heights, which has been around since 1966, and is located in Nashville, Tennessee. The adolescent age is a critical time for development, making this a crucial time of positive influence. For more information, call us today at 1-800-646-9998.

Why Quitting Cold Turkey Could Mean Life or Death

“There are a lot better ways to do withdrawal than the way I did it…Because for me, quitting cold [turkey] led to a whole host of other behaviors that were – in many ways – more debilitating than opioid addiction.”

In a personal story shared on Vice, a woman shared her story with quitting opioid addiction “cold turkey”. We’ve all heard of this phrase and why do so many people do it? There are a number of reasons, but it could be due to financial strains, fear of what treatment might be like, lack of support, the idea of avoiding certain people or places or an overall belief that a person can “get over” addiction on their own. No matter the reason, it’s incredibly dangerous – and here’s why.

Each person’s medical and substance use history is different, which means that what worked for one person may not work for another. It’s a lot like medication – and assuming that recovery is a “one-size-fits-all” could place you in grave danger. Very Well Mind emphasizes that once the body is addicted to something, a quick, sudden drop in use could shock the system – leading a person to potentially experience seizures, heart problems and more. On top of that, not having the right structure and support to move forward with recovery can make it that much more tempting to use again if the withdrawal symptoms become too painful or uncomfortable.

Withdrawal may include shakiness, nausea, headaches, hallucinations, anxiety, depression and more, and if a person tries to use again, they often believe they can pick back up with the dose they left off; Sherry Benton, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida, told Vice that when this happens, a person’s tolerance has already lowered – and the larger dose taken is enough to kill a person.

By having a healthcare team available, a person is able to be monitored and assessed so they don’t experience further damage to their brain and body. This safety support network is crucial because it ensures that a person detoxes in the safest, most painless way possible.


Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.

detox from addictionDetoxification is one of the most critical steps of addiction recovery, because it’s the turning point from active addiction to a time of cleansing and healing. Although it’s often the first step, it’s one of the most feared – and that’s because many people don’t know what to expect. In many ways, detox is different depending on the person – their age, sex, weight, substance abuse history, genetics, health and more can all have an impact on the reaction their body has to weaning off of drugs. As you can imagine, however, detox isn’t the most pleasurable experience – but it’s only temporary and there are more medications and support now than there have been in the past.

Many people experience physical and emotional changes throughout detox. Withdrawal symptoms often emerge, which may include chills, nausea, sweating, seizures, vomiting, depression, fatigue and more. Substance detoxification typically lasts 7-14 days, which may feel like forever, but is truly only a speck of time in the grand scheme of things. Additionally, medications such as methadone, buprenorphine and others can help people avoid some of the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. Yale Medicine emphasizes that extended release injection naltrexone has become more popular for those who do not want to take medication that stimulates opioid receptors in the brain (which many drugs do). Here at Cumberland Heights, we used Naltrexone as part of our Safe Start program.

Despite the painful symptoms that can emerge temporarily, there are some positive components of detox that may come to surface. According to a research study published in the journal International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE), detox tends to give people a greater sense of clarity. As one participant stated, “As you get cleaner or the fog goes away you realize that, ya know, what keeps me going is wanting to live some type of normal life, you know, working, paying taxes, taking care of your kids…instead of the everyday chaos and not caring about anything…that’s what keeps me going.”

Detox could be described by some as a roller coaster, as there is a lot of uncertainty. Each person responds differently, which is also why it’s incredibly important to have an adequate healthcare team by your side if you’re ready to detox. Doing so at home could place you in much greater danger.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.


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