Should I quit drinking or using drugs cold turkey?

Whether or not you quit drinking or using drugs cold turkey is a decision that should be made very carefully. There are several factors that should be considered while making this decision, including how much you drink or use; what substances you are using; and your overall physical health.

One thing is certain: The best and safest way to quit using any substance is in a professional setting. Going through detox can wreak havoc on your body, and being assisted by medical professionals can keep you much more comfortable during the process. It can also save your life.

Most people don't realize that quitting a drug cold turkey--even a drug as "simple" as alcohol--can be extremely dangerous and, in some cases, even fatal. Depending on your drug(s) of choice, your history, and your overall physical condition, withdrawal symptoms can include things like anxiety, convulsions, insomnia, nausea, heart issues, vomiting, paranoia, severe depression, and seizures. Surprisingly alcohol withdrawal can potentially be the most dangerous of all. It's recommended that anyone with a serious dependency on alcohol nevertry to quit cold turkey at home.

Some people are able to quit their habits cold turkey without any trouble. Others find success by weaning themselves off of their preferred substance(s) over time. But quitting on your own can be difficult, scary, and dangerous. You might be successful, but why risk it? It's always better to be safe than sorry.
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