What Does a Cold Turkey Detox Mean?

When someone is struggling with drug addiction and decides to quit using their chosen substance, their first thought might be to avoid going to rehab and attempt to get sober on their own. They come to this decision for several reasons, from fear of stigma to financial worries.

However, before a person can become drug-free, they must go through a stage of the recovery process known as detoxification, or detox for short. During detox, the goal is to remove all harmful and addictive substances from a person’s body, overcoming the physical dependence on the drug.

What Does a Cold Turkey Detox Mean?

Withdrawal Symptoms from a Drug Detox 

There comes a time in an addict’s life that using substances is no longer fun and the only reason we use is to not get sick. Withdrawal is probably what an addict is most fearful of. Withdrawal is when after taking a certain substance for a while your body gets used to it, you then stop using and your body starts to react to not having that substance anymore. It varies from person to person depending on what substance they were abusing, how long, and by what way it was administered.  When your body starts going through detox there can be multiple different symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Stomach pains
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

In extreme cases where a person has been addicted long-term or to an especially potent substance, such as alcohol, more severe symptoms can occur such as:

  • Irregular heart rate
  • Delirium Tremens
  • High fever
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations

Methods of Drug Detox Include the Cold Turkey Approach

There are a few options when it comes to detoxing from drugs or alcohol:  Medical detox, quitting “cold-turkey”, therapy, support groups, and more. The most ideal is medical detox. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), Medical detoxification safely manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with stopping drug use. However, medical detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long-term drug use. Although detoxification alone is rarely sufficient to help addicts achieve long-term abstinence, for some individuals it is a strongly indicated precursor to effective drug addiction treatment.

Some addicts try to quick “cold-turkey” because of a money issue, a pride thing, or some other personal reason. “Cold turkey” is a quick-fix method to quitting alcohol or drugs. Rather than gradually tapering off the substance, you stop taking it immediately.

What is Going Cold Turkey off Drugs?

The term “cold turkey” comes from the goosebumps people sometimes get in the days after they quit, which look like the skin of a “cold turkey” in the fridge.

Some people go cold turkey because they think it will be easier to stop taking the substance right away than to taper off. They believe they won’t be as tempted to use the drug or tobacco product if they just get rid of it. Many times people use for the “last time” or so they think and flush the rest of the substance down the toilet or pour it down the sink. Without proper treatment, this usually ends up with the user purchasing more of the drugs or alcohol not too long afterward.

But cold turkey may not be the most effective way to quit — especially for people who are dependent on a substance. Quitting too quickly can lead to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and a powerful urge to start using the substance again.

Get the Help You Need with a Safe Detox

We at Allure Detox understand the fear of having to go through withdrawals from a substance that’s why our facility has the best Medical Detoxification program. The fact that we detox patients on a medical basis allows us to give patients more than safety. Clients continue to live in a home-like setting with family support during medical detox at Allure. This continued participation allows clients to learn and resume their lives, even as the substance leaves their system.

When it comes to Allure Detox, we provide much more than the bare minimum.  Of course, we help clients stop using safely – that’s just a given.  Almost as important as that, though, is that we offer clients the foundation for a lifetime of relief and recovery.

That’s the Allure Detox promise: that patients leave our care with more than good health at their disposal. Our focus is on minimizing your withdrawal symptoms to a comfortable level while beginning the comprehensive treatment process that will keep you sober. Start your journey to recovery today.