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Can I Quit Substances Cold Turkey?

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Yes and no. Detoxing from some drugs is dangerous and requires careful medical supervision, and for others, just because you can quit cold turkey doesn’t mean you should. If you have been using any drug in large amounts and/or for a long time, you are going to suffer withdrawal symptoms. For many, these symptoms are some of the biggest hindrances to recovery.

What Does It Mean to Quit "Cold Turkey?"

The phrase "cold turkey" describes the act of suddenly and completely ceasing to take an addictive substance. While there is some debate over the origin of the idiom, the most popular theory is that it relates to the uncomfortable combination of goosebumps and the "cold burn" that addicted persons commonly suffer when they kick the habit.

What Does Drug Withdrawal Feel Like?

Drug withdrawal is different for every individual, and the symptoms vary from substance to substance. Most people describe withdrawal as feeling like you have the flu.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in mood
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches and muscle aches
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and other digestive problems
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Irritability

Additionally, some substances present more serious symptoms, such as seizures, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts. The more severe your addiction, the worse your withdrawal will be.

If you start experiencing these symptoms, you may want to take drugs again. Not only does this undo your recovery, but it can lead to overdose and other dangerous consequences.

Instead of trying to weather the storm of withdrawal, you can detox safely with Freedom Detox. We help you get through one of the hardest parts of recovery, so you can start on the right foot.

When To Get Treatment

If you are struggling with alcohol, opioids, or benzodiazepines, do not try to quit cold turkey. These kinds of addictions almost always require treatment, and you should not be ashamed of getting professional help. Additionally, withdrawing from these substances alone could be fatal.

For all other drugs, we trust that you know yourself and your body best – but we also encourage you to get help. Withdrawal can be painful and emotionally difficult, and there is no reason you have to go through it alone. Additionally, you may not make the best choices while you are in the throes of addiction, and our professional, compassionate staff can help you manage your pain and whatever you are going through, mentally and emotionally. The best choice you make might be contacting Freedom Detox today.

Everyone experiences recovery differently, but if you’re ready for lasting sobriety, our team is here to help. Learn more about our treatment programs and know that we are here for you 24/7.

Call us at (877) 207-8882 to get started now.

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