Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on June 14, 2019.
Some people believe the best way they can break a bad habit is just completely cutting it off. If you're quitting anything abruptly from coffee to cocaine, be wary of what you are putting your body through.
If you stop taking drugs and alcohol abruptly, it can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening medical conditions, such as heart problems and seizures. You will also experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that can be both emotionally and physically painful. If you attempt to quit addictions immediately rather than gradually, your body quickly loses its tolerance to the substance. This presents a higher risk of overdose if you do relapse.
Choosing to escape your addiction is an incredibly brave, wise decision — just make sure you do it in the safest, most effective way possible.
When you attempt to quit drugs and/or alcohol cold turkey, you're missing out on many crucial elements of recovery, including:
Going to a rehabilitation facility or detox center is recommended for recovery because you are put out of your ordinary environment. If your friends and family also partake in drugs or alcohol, it is more tempting to give in to your cravings at home. During rehab, you will have 24/7 access to a professional team who will monitor your vitals, treat uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and ensure your safety at all times.
Beating your addiction is a commendable choice — and one you need to take seriously in order to succeed. Take the first step to ensure a safe path to recovery by contacting Diamond House Detox online or calling us any time for confidential guidance. Call today for same day admittance at (800) 205-6107.