The Difference Between Narconon and Stopping Cold Turkey
Drug and alcohol withdrawal involves discomfort,
and often, mental stress
When considering the possibility of quitting drugs or alcohol, some consider substance abuse treatment to be equivalent to quitting cold turkey. That is not necessarily the case. While it is better to break the drug habit without the use of other drugs, there are ways to help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal. Quitting “cold turkey” is a term used to refer to people who are able to quit using a substance without any help at all. It is often successful for tobacco, but not drugs such as heroin, or prescription pain medication. Narconon offers a program which is completely drug-free, but offers alternatives to trying to beat addiction alone.
The Discomfort of Withdrawal
Drug and alcohol withdrawal involves discomfort, and often, mental stress. These symptoms may vary widely depending on what drug was used and for how long. The NIDA reports that: “Length of withdrawal and symptoms vary with the type of drug. For example, physical symptoms of heroin withdrawal may include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, and cold flashes. These physical symptoms may last for several days, but the general depression, or dysphoria (opposite of euphoria), that often accompanies heroin withdrawal may last for weeks.” For this reason, quitting substance abuse without help is not recommended. The Narconon Program uses a system which utilizes nutrients, vitamins and minerals to help alleviate the discomfort.
The Draw Back of Withdrawing with Methadone
Methadone, which is often used in conventional treatment centers, can be an issue unto itself. In the past decade, Methadone deaths have risen sevenfold. Methadone addiction is also a problem. By using natural and comprehensive treatments, Narconon sidesteps a potentially harmful and addictive “cure” for addiction. Our Drug-Free Withdrawal program, which is considered an alternative substance abuse treatment option, is a safe and effective method of helping addicts through the withdrawal process. It also is a more comfortable alternative to quitting drugs cold turkey.
Drug-Free Withdrawal with Narconon
While no drugs are used in the Narconon program, our treatment includes close supervision during the withdrawal process. Counseling is also provided by a withdrawal specialist during this time. Many of the discomforts of withdrawal are minimized, if not eliminated with our program. The duration of withdrawal also seems to be shorter using the Narconon method. Those who would attempt to quit on their own may try to self medicating, or perhaps encountering a problem with which they are not able to cope. At Narconon, there is a caring and understanding staff who understand and are able to help.
Asking for Help is not a Sign of Weakness
There is no shame in trying to quit cold turkey. However, if it fails, the addict may become even more discouraged. Receiving substance abuse treatment is not a sign of weakness. Rather, it is a sign of a healthy determination to make stopping addiction very possible. Stopping addiction isn’t easy, that has been established. There is no need to go through it alone, and without help. Even if previous attempts at quitting, or treatment have failed, Narconon can help. We offer a wide variety of information about drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, intervention, and more. The information is suitable for anyone who may suspect they have an addiction, or for loved ones.
Withdrawal can present many health issues as well. For this reason, medical supervision is provided at Narconon. The student’s safety is a primary concern, and it is taken very seriously. Narconon Program can and does help addicts through withdrawal and beyond. Because we offer the help needed through this process, it vastly differs from quitting cold turkey.
You are never alone when trying to stop substance abuse at Narconon. Physical and mental support is always available in a secure and protective setting.
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