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The Dangers of Cold Turkey Detox

Dangers of Cold Turkey Detox

Sep 8, 2022 | Drug Addiction

When you are addicted to drugs or alcohol certain changes take place in your body and your system now expects a certain level of a substance or else a reaction occurs. This reaction is the beginning of the withdrawal process, and it can start as soon as just hours after you last used or drank. The type of drugs, including alcohol, that you have been abusing will affect how quickly withdrawal symptoms begin. How long a person has been taking drugs or drinking will also determine how their body reacts when he or she stops taking their substance of choice.  When you stop taking substances cold turkey, with no support system in place, alcohol or drug detox can be tough to complete. This especially true with the side effects associated with some substances, like when a person goes through opioid withdrawal. 

There are mental, physical and emotional effects when someone uses drugs or alcohol.  All of these areas can be impacted when someone wants to stop abusing drugs and alcohol, too.  If you would like to know more about the medical detox programs we offer at Serenity Oaks, or any other substance abuse treatment programs we have available, please call us today.

Quitting Alcohol and Drugs Cold Turkey

Addiction recovery can often be multiple phases all withe the goal of an individual being clean and sober over the long run. When someone begins addiction treatment, alcohol detox or drug detox can often be the first step. Quitting alcohol and drugs cold turkey can not only be tough, it can be dangerous.  Drug abusers detoxing from drugs can experience many different withdrawal symptoms, and although most are not potentially lifethreatening, they can have negative health impacts.  Many people experience headaches, body aches, nausea and vomiting, among many other symptoms, for days and even weeks after they stop alcohol or drug use. 

Risks of Cold Turkey Detox

Some of the risks of quitting alcohol or drugs cold turkey are due to the fact that you will not be in a secure, drug free environment.  Although you may have cleaned everything out of your house before you began drug withdrawal, both alcohol and almost any other substance are easy to acquire. Detoxing at home without support can lead to a relapse, during which someone can overdose if they binge on a substance.  Detoxing from drugs on your own can sometimes just be hard to do and it’s easy for someone to start using again and bargain with themselves that they don’t overdo it and will keep their drug or alcohol use under control. 

Medical Detox for Drugs and Alcohol

Detox programs were created to help someone with a drug addiction take the first step in their addiction recovery. Many of the dangers and risks of detoxing at home can be eliminated when you take part in a medically supervised program.  First, you will be in a safe and secure, as well as drug-free environment. Second, you will have medical and rehab personnel available 24 hours a day to assist with the physical and mental effects of stopping drinking or using drugs. Lastly, a treatment plan can include group therapy that will help you emotionally, too. 

Drugs and Alcohol Detox Programs at Serenity Oaks

At Serenity Oaks, our treatment programs will help you through the withdrawal process from drugs or alcohol and set you on a path to long term sobriety. Completing the detox process is a very big milestone and we create a treatment plan for each of our individual clients that will help them reach that goal. Call us today for help with detox and withdrawal or information about any of our other alcohol rehab or drug rehab programs at (833) 720-0708

Get Started at Serenity Oaks

At Serenity Oaks Wellness Center, we offer residential detox and addiction treatment with a wide range of modalities to address the needs of all our clients. Our high staff-to-client ratio ensures everyone that enters our facility gets the personal attention they need and deserve for a safe and successful detox process. To learn more about our program, contact Serenity Oaks Wellness Center today at 844-720-6847.
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