Quitting Alcohol Cold Turkey

If you’re an alcoholic, you know what it’s like when you don’t have enough alcohol pumping through your veins to ward off the trappings of withdrawal. You might start frantically searching the house for a hidden stash, and curse yourself when every bottle you find is bone dry. Things are starting to get worse, you’re sweating profusely, the shakes are unreal, and you’re desperately trying to figure out how you’ll get more.

Alcohol withdrawal is no joke. In fact, it can be fatal, so if you’re thinking about going cold turkey, call us first. When we saturate our bodies with booze, our nerves are in a higher reactivity state to overcompensate for the depressant effect of alcohol. If you just stop drinking, those nerves are completely over-reactive, and you are in danger of numerous physiological symptoms including:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Death

These are only a few symptoms that can occur, especially if you go cold turkey. Aside from being life-threatening, why wouldn’t you want to make yourself more comfortable by going to medical detox? At The Lakehouse Recovery Center, we will safely and comfortably taper you off alcohol, which will also greatly reduce or even eliminate symptoms associated with withdrawal. Don’t try to do this on your own, it’s not worth risking your life.

Another nice thing about coming to detox with us, is that you can finally get the rest you’ve been missing. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Now is your chance to sleep, and we mean sleep. We may give you detox meds that not only make you comfortable, but they help you rest. Detox clients are expected to participate in group therapy and activities when possible, join other clients for meals, and be part of the community. However, we understand that rest and recuperation is critical during the detox phase. Our clients have the luxury of resting as much as necessary until they are fully ready to participate.

Making the decision to enter detox is a difficult one. There are many fears associated with the pain, cravings, and discomfort of withdrawal. What will only last you for a few days to a few weeks will payoff with a lifetime of freedom from alcohol addiction. Detox is the necessary start to a necessary recovery.


Alcohol addiction is the darkest, most lonely place you will ever be. You don’t have to stay there anymore. The most courageous act a person can do is to ask for help. It’s not easy admitting you need help, but you are not alone. Let us help you. The Lakehouse Recovery Center will get you through alcohol withdrawal and beyond. You will know a new life you never thought possible. You can do this, your life can change, and you can recover. Call us, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) SOBER | (877) 762-3707.


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