Dangers of Detoxing from Opiates Cold Turkey

Dangers of Detoxing from Opiates Cold TurkeyFor those who are dependent on or addicted to opiates, detoxing and withdrawing from these drugs can be intimidating process. Two of the major mistakes that many opiate addiction sufferers make while detoxing from these drugs include:

  • Detoxing ‘cold turkey’: or all at once, instead of gradually reducing the dosage of a medication can increase the intensity and duration of withdrawal.
  • Detoxing at home: without medical supervision, can be extremely dangerous. The intense side effects of opiate withdrawal may cause an individual to relapse, and in some cases, commit acts of self-harm.

Why Detoxing from Opiates Cold Turkey Can Do More Harm Than Good

If you’re addicted to opioids, it can be tempting to attempt a cold turkey detox instead of gradually reducing your dose of a medication like Percocet, OxyContin, or Suboxone. Those that want to detox cold turkey may believe that doing so is a faster way to become clean. While it’s true that they may become ‘clean’ faster if they do not taper their dose of opiates, this sobriety may not be sustainable.

Some of the risks of detoxing from opiates cold turkey often include:

  • Increased anxiety and depression
  • Increased muscle aches and pains
  • Worsened stomach cramps, diarrhea, and digestive problems
  • Greater intensity in mood swings; increased emotional instability
  • Greater risk for relapse
  • Greater risk for self-harm

Why Detoxing from Opiates at Home Cold Turkey Can be Even More Dangerous

Detoxing cold turkey may be risky, but detoxing from opiates at home cold turkey can make this process even more dangerous. At home, an individual does not have the support of qualified medical professionals, and may be at greater risk for relapses or self-harm.

Some of the risks of detoxing from opiates cold turkey often include:

  • No access to medications which may be able to reduce withdrawal symptoms
  • No access to psychological or medical professionals in the case of emergency
  • No monitoring of vital signs
  • More exposure to relapse triggers, including people or places associated with drug use
  • Greater ability to relapse or commit acts of self-harm

Find Professionally Accredited and Medically-Supervised Opioid Detox Programs with Get Treatment

Detoxing from opiates is challenging enough on it’s own, and trying to cut corners when getting treatment will only make things worse. Opioid withdrawal is a serious medical condition, and it that means should be taken seriously. While it’s rare for individuals to die directly from opioid withdrawal, the side effects can be incredibly painful and could even be life threatening, especially if a patient has a pre-existing cardiovascular condition. In addition, the mental effects of opiate withdrawal can be incredibly traumatic, leaving many opioid withdrawal patients at an increased risk for suicide and other self-harm behaviors.

At Get Treatment, we understand how tough it can be to effectively detox from opioids. It can be tempting to do things faster, easier, and more cheaply, but if you truly care about your health, you shouldn’t hesitate to invest in comprehensive, medically-supervised detox care. The social stigma that surrounds opioid addiction may make it feel ‘easier’ to detox at home, away from others, but this could be a serious mistake.

Instead of taking chances with your health, check out Get Treatment’s network of professionally accredited, state-of-the-art opioid addiction treatment centers. At Get Treatment, we know that no patient, and no addiction is the same. That’s why every facility in our network creates specific,  individualized treatment plans for every single patient. This allows them to address every patient’s specific needs and individual therapeutic preferences, making it easier to discover and treat the root cause of their addiction.

If you or someone you know is addicted to opiates, alcohol, or other drugs, call Get Treatment right now. One call is all it takes to restore hope to your family and change your life forever.

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Erica Loret de Mola


Erica Loret de Mola is a communications major who has been writing about addiction treatment for approximately three years. As content manager and editor in chief of Get Treatment, she strives to provide the most accurate and current information available to our clients.


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