The Dangers of Cold Turkey Alcohol Detox
Alcohol is the most widely abused illicit substance in the United States, largely due to misinformation and problematic social views regarding excessive drinking.
The social promotion of overindulgence in the name of fun and inclusion fails to recognize the extremely addictive and dangerous nature of alcohol abuse until it’s too late. Acknowledging alcohol abuse has become a problem is difficult enough, but taking the proper steps to overcome alcoholism is crucial to getting your life back on track.
Unfortunately fear of stigma and ridicule cause many to hesitate; don’t allow this fear to hold you back from a brighter, healthier future.
Alcohol detox is a vital first step in the recovery process. Severing the physical dependency aspect of an alcohol abuse disorder allows one to turn focus inward and on addressing the underlying causes of addiction. Doing so under the careful observation of an alcohol detox facility allows you to do so safely and comfortably.
While many have succeeded in detoxing at home using the controversial ‘cold turkey’ method, doing so can end in tragedy. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be lethal, including:
- High blood pressure
- Increased, irregular heart rate
- Complications for existing medical conditions including liver damage, impaired nervous system, and congestive heart failure