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Do-It-Yourself Home Detox Kits Prove Harmful

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Thanks to the rise of mandatory drug testing in the workplace and multiple other situations, a whole new underground industry has emerged. For anyone looking to quickly detox their body of illegal substances, a quick Internet search for “at-home drug detox kits” turns up thousands of results. These shady products claim to help users quickly detox and pass urine drug screens without fail – as long as your credit card transaction is approved. Despite all the empty promises, these do-it-yourself detox products are largely unregulated and full of unknown ingredients.

Psychosis Caused by Home Detox Kit

Just two days after beginning the detox, he began acting erratic and paranoid... Strapped down to a gurney, the young man was transported to a local emergency room. A 2011 case study perfectly illustrates the dangers of home detox kits. A 19-year-old college student looking to beat a drug screen purchased a DIY drug detox product over the Internet. Just two days after beginning the detox, he began acting erratic and paranoid. His behavior grew so alarming that his mother eventually called 911. Strapped down to a gurney, the young man was transported to a local emergency room. The teen told ER doctors that he had been “seeing some weird things.” He went on to tell attending physicians that ten gang members had been living in his bedroom. What’s more, the teen was afraid that he had somehow betrayed the trust of these gang members. Because of this, the gang members wanted to kill him. The young man also told doctors that one of the gang members shot and killed his younger brother earlier that day. Shortly after the shooting, he had been visited by two agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation who asked him to turn informant. He agreed and now believed he was working for the FBI. His final confession was that he saw himself on an episode of America’s Most Wanted just minutes before the ambulance picked him up. He was a wanted man and working for the FBI.

What’s in this Stuff?

Home drug detox kits are largely packed with mystery ingredients. A few of the known ingredients include:
  • Goldenseal
  • Vinegar
  • Niacin
  • B-complex vitamins

Medically Supervised Detox is Always Best

A medically supervised drug detox is the first step toward a safe and lasting recovery from addiction. Under the watchful eye of a medical staff, the detox process is controlled and medications may be prescribed to make the process more comfortable. Don’t take the chance with home drug detox kits. Not only will you waste money and fail a drug screen, you could lose your mind in the process. In the end, it’s just not worth it. Learn more about how to choose the best detox clinic for your needs

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