Quitting substance abuse cold turkey can work, but there are actually few people who can maintain a drug-free life on a whim. For some people, quitting cold turkey actually puts their life in danger. Duke City Recovery Toolbox in Albuquerque, New Mexico offers a different approach to addiction recovery that is safer and increases your chances for long-term success.
Health Risks of Withdrawal
When substance abuse leads to dependence, your body needs the substance to function normally. When the body is deprived of that substance, withdrawal symptoms begin to present. While most withdrawal symptoms are not life-threatening, cold-turkey detox (particularly from long-term alcohol abuse and some prescriptions drugs) can cause sudden changes in body chemistry, leading to delirium tremens (DTs), seizures and, in some cases, death.
Individuals who decide to quit cold turkey often do not prepare for life after dependence or drug addiction. This sets them up for relapse because they are still in situations or circumstances that do not support a drug-free life.
A Better Way to Quit
We develop a personalized recovery treatment program for each participant that may include:
- Medication-assisted treatment to prevent withdrawal symptoms and health risks
- Clinical therapy to address triggers, beliefs, and behavior patterns that led to substance abuse in the first place
- Peer support where you learn to develop healthy social networks
- Family therapy to rebuild relationships damaged by drug addiction
We also connect participants with community resources for financial assistance, housing, and employment so that you can create an environment that supports your decision to live free of substance abuse.
To start your individualized addiction recovery program, contact us to schedule an intake appointment.