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The Unknown Dangers of Cold Turkey Detox

One of the most difficult parts about getting sober from drugs or alcohol is the detox process. If you’ve ever run out of drugs or alcohol, you have most likely experienced the symptoms of withdrawal. Often times, these symptoms can be so harsh that it makes you turn back to the substance to alleviate the symptoms, and thus, continuing the addiction cycle. There are also people who think they can do a cold turkey detoxification from drugs or alcohol, but this is extremely dangerous. 

Why Does Withdrawal Happen?

Whether you’re trying to do an opioid detox or alcohol detox, it’s important to understand why it happens. First, you need to know how the brain and body function, and that’s by trying to constantly maintain a state of homeostasis. The various organs, chemicals and systems in your body are always trying to find a balance, and this helps keep you healthy and living a good life. The problem is when you start to abuse drugs or alcohol because the body’s equilibrium is thrown off. 

As you continue to abuse drugs or alcohol, your body begins to develop a new state of equilibrium. It begins to need the drugs or alcohol in order to function properly. Once these substances begin to metabolize in your system, you can begin to feel the symptoms of withdrawal. Depending on your tolerance and your substance of choice, sometimes these symptoms can begin to occur within just a few hours from your last drink or drug. 

The Dangers of Detoxification

Alcohol and opioid detox can be extremely dangerous when you try to do it on your own. When the substances leave your system, various neurotransmitters in your brain begin to misfire. These misfires can lead to an assortment of psychological as well as physical symptoms of withdrawal. The most common symptoms of withdrawal include the following: 

  • Aches and pains
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Cold sweats

One of the primary reasons you or your loved one needs detox is because some of the withdrawal symptoms can be fatal. When going through alcohol detox, you’re at risk of having seizures or heart failure. Even with substances like opioids, the stress that your heart is put through during this process can lead to complications. When you get the help of a qualified addiction detox facility, you can come off of the substances safely. 

The Importance of a Medical Detox

Enlightened Solutions Detox has a qualified team that uses the latest in addiction medicine and can help you or your loved one get through the withdrawal process. We’re passionate about helping people get off of alcohol or drugs as safely and comfortably as possible. Not only do we help with detox, but we’re also here to help people learn how to stay sober for good. Give us a call today at 833-233-7336 for more information. 


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