Can You Quit Opioids Cold Turkey?

Addicted to opioids and you want to stop? You may be considering going cold turkey and trying to quit on your own using willpower alone. This may work for some, but it can be dangerous to your health to withdraw suddenly and completely from an addictive substance that your body has become dependent on. The transition from use to abuse to opioid addiction can be a quick and dangerous road.

Opioids such as tramadol, codeine, fentanyl and oxycodone can all be highly addictive. At a residential treatment centre, however, you do not need to go it alone but instead can get help with your addiction while staying safe. The best treatments aim to help you withdraw from opioids gradually and ease the painful withdrawal symptoms.

Residential treatment centres offer tailored detox programmes that put your health and well-being first. With a medically supervised detox in a supportive and safe environment, your needs are fully considered and met. In addition to detox, you are able to address the root cause of your opioid addiction, learn coping strategies to prevent relapse and share with others on similar journeys. Accessing help in a supportive environment will help you on your road to recovery.

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Many people hold the misconception that willpower is the biggest factor in struggling with any addiction. Indeed, many people have tried to quit an opioid addiction on their own, by going cold turkey, but soon realise the hard way that they are unable to cope with the difficult withdrawal process and are unable to complete their recovery on their own. Willpower can certainly help during recovery, but willpower alone cannot help in the struggle against the physical and emotional symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Cold turkey withdrawal can be extremely dangerous and also poses many risks to your health and well-being.

Attempting to quit on your own without any medical or emotional support puts your health at risk and reduces the chance of beating your opioid addiction. To give yourself the best chance at recovery, it is important to find professional help with overcoming your addiction at a residential treatment centre that can offer you the tailored care you need to address both the physical and emotional aspects of your dependence.

Put Your Well-being First with a Medically-Supervised Detox

The failure of cold turkey detox is often caused by the pain and discomfort associated with the withdrawal process. Even those with a high tolerance threshold for pain may find withdrawal symptoms too difficult to cope with when faced alone. Some of the most common symptoms of opioid withdrawal include flu-like symptoms, mood changes, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure.

Prioritise your health, well-being and comfort with a medically supervised detox which can ease withdrawal symptoms in a safe and secure environment. You will be able to reduce your opioid dosage so that your body can gradually acclimatise to the absence of opioids. Your withdrawal symptoms will subside over time, making it easier for you to focus on the other important elements of your recovery journey. 

Address the Roots of Your Opioid Addiction

Detoxing your body from any drug is not the same as overcoming an addiction. Granted the safe, gradual removal of opioids from your system is necessary. However, it must be combined with other treatments to beat your opioid addiction and allow you to move on from the root cause of your addiction. Skipping this step means the foundation that your addiction is built upon is not examined.

Understanding the “why’s” prevents you from falling back into substance abuse, even after a long period of sobriety. Many people turn to opioids to alleviate chronic pain, after detox you may find challenges in functioning properly with ongoing pain symptoms.  Therefore, other ways to cope with pain management are used like yoga and mindfulness to provide more positive coping mechanisms.


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Building an Essential Support Network

Peer support plays a crucial role in addiction recovery. From medical professional that have helped many clients overcome opioid addiction to people like you who are struggling with addiction, connecting with others who can understand and empathise with your situation, and indeed vice versa, is a crucial part of recovery.

Many people decide to go cold turkey alone without grasping that the severity of their withdrawal symptoms isn’t the only challenge they’ll have to cope with. Attempting to detox alone is incredibly isolating, and the resulting loneliness can be the most painful symptom of all.

At a residential treatment centre, you will never feel isolated or alone in your struggle. Medical professionals are always on hand to help address both the emotional and physical challenges of your recovery. With the inclusion of a large peer support network to connect to whenever you need someone to talk to or are feeling low. Also, just as important, you will be able to remain connected to these supports, even after your treatment is over.

The road to recovery is a long one that can sometimes lead to relapse. However, with proper support, you will understand that these moments can be used as new learning experiences. So, instead of being the end of the road, they are only detours, like stopping places along the way, not your final destination.

Learning More Effective Methods to Prevent Relapse

Relapse may offer the possibility to understand and learn and grow. However, it is still best to try to avoid it when possible. Similarly, on a long road journey, you would not want to stop and take every available detour. So it is important to learn how to navigate your recovery journey so that relapse only plays a minimal role.

Given their highly addictive nature, this is especially important for opioids. Relapse prevention techniques are one of the pillars of any opioid treatment program, and in a residential setting, you will have the support, space and time to not only learn about but use coping methods that will support you throughout your journey. These include identifying triggers and coping mechanisms, managing your emotions and cravings, developing problem-solving skills and building and maintaining peer support networks. With these strategies in place, you will be better prepared to face the world free from opioid addiction after leaving treatment.

Positive Environment Aids Recovery

By connecting with medical professionals and a peer support network you can rely on even beyond the initial stages of withdrawal, you can minimise ill effects and maximise your chances of freeing yourself from the cycle of opioid addiction permanently.

While quitting opioids cold turkey is feasible, success is limited, and the process is much harder on your body and emotional well-being.  Connecting with health care professionals and a peer support network maximises your chances of permanently beating the cycle of addiction.

Using a comprehensive treatment program within a residential setting ensures your well-being and adds to your comfort during the challenging withdrawal process and also equips you to cope more effectively with any future challenges to maintain your continued wellness long after you leave the treatment facility and return to your life.

With the highly addictive nature of opioids including painful and dangerous withdrawals, it is especially important to begin your recovery journey in a positive and productive environment that can provide you with all the skills you will need for healing. With these new skills and techniques, you can set yourself up for an easier road to recovery and a fuller, healthier life.

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