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How can a heavy opiate addict of 9 years quit cold turkey?
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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management
In brief: YOU CAN;'T
You need to be weaned from your opiate slowly.
If you quit cold turkey you can go through opiate withdrawl which can be quite unpleasant. Sometimes some medications can be used to help with opiate cravings. In any case, your body needs to slowly get used to not having the opiate in your system, the same way it would if you were trying to no longer use nicotine or caffeine.

In brief: YOU CAN;'T
You need to be weaned from your opiate slowly.
If you quit cold turkey you can go through opiate withdrawl which can be quite unpleasant. Sometimes some medications can be used to help with opiate cravings. In any case, your body needs to slowly get used to not having the opiate in your system, the same way it would if you were trying to no longer use nicotine or caffeine.
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Dr. Robert McMurtrie
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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine
In brief: Buprenorphine helps
Cold turkey is the difficult path which may only result in relapse.
Consult your physician about using Buprenorphine for detoxification and/or maintenance. You might also consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous.

In brief: Buprenorphine helps
Cold turkey is the difficult path which may only result in relapse.
Consult your physician about using Buprenorphine for detoxification and/or maintenance. You might also consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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