Can I Quit Percocet Cold Turkey?

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Going Cold Turkey on Percocet

Going cold turkey on an addictive drug is hard to manage, and many negative consequences can result, such as health complications, emergency hospitalizations, and reoccurring relapses. Many people are unaware of the dangers of going cold turkey on painkilling drugs. The reason why addiction specialists and doctors don't recommend going cold turkey is because of the harsh withdrawal symptoms that come along with it. When the body is accustomed to receiving certain chemicals in its system, it can react violently toward the user if it doesn't get its "fix." Stronger drugs like percocet and heroin carry the most severe cases of withdrawal, due to their pain relieving qualities, and strong cravings.

The body and mind, when dependent on a substance, tends to react against the user when it doesn't get its "fix." So as result, it struggles to make a transition back to a normal state called sobriety. Drugs like alcohol, heroin and cocaine are known for causing strong symptoms from withdrawal. When the pain returns, and the addict can no longer satisfy him or herself with narcotics, the body endures excruciating symptoms, such as:

  • muscle cramps
  • sleep problems
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • chills
  • severe aches
  • perspiration
  • restlessness
  • runny nose
  • and psychological/mental changes, which changes moods

If someone is a heavy Percocet user, then these symptoms would be very prominent to a high degree. In any case, it is always safer to seek a drug rehab facility that has professional addiction treatment therapies available. It is very possible to quit Percocet cold turkey, but as stated earlier, most of these attempts end in relapse, or the sometimes, the addict never gets the help they need to quit. They can get entagled with denial, triggers, and negative influences without resolving the root of the problem.

That is the real benefit of seeking treatment at a drug rehab center, which is resolving the root of the problem using cognitive behavioral therapy, group/private counseling, and appropriate detox protocol that will ensure a safe recovery for the long run. Combining these techniques leads to the best long lasting results, and allows individuals to learn how to cope with their addiction no matter what circumstances are presented to them in the real world.

However, going cold turkey without these healing strategies will only temporarily resolve the issue, and cravings or urges will remain in the user, and lead to relapse.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, or prescription drugs, then it is important to act quickly and seek help as soon as possible. Many people wait or stall when not they are uncertain about what to do with their loved one. Others do nothing at all, thinking they are helping the addict. The truth is, addiction is a like a time clock, and sooner or later, the lives of the addict will be out of their control, and the disease will affect the physical, mental and spiritual aspect of their life. Addiction can lead to destruction of oneself, overdose, loss of relationship, loss of career and money, health complications in the future, and even suicide. Please help you or your lover one make a difference that will better life. You may call one of our licensed counselors to get information on addiction treatment services or rehab.

For more information on our addiction treatment programs and therapeutic approaches, call toll free at: 800-960-5041. Florida Center for Recovery offers residential drug and alcohol rehab treatment through 12-Step and Non 12-Step Programs.

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