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I am critical of the idea that "addiction" is a disease that robs heavy substance users of the choice to use substances. This is mythology in my opinion.
However, the withdrawal symptoms of detoxification that occurs when people choose to stop using drugs and alcohol can be serious; they are a REAL medical issue; and sometimes require real medical help for safety.
Particularly, detoxification from alcohol and the prescription drugs known as benzodiazepines can lead to fatal seizures in some cases. Opiates, according to Dr Carl Hart of Colombia University, cannot cause fatal withdrawal symptoms. The process of detoxification may still present medical difficulties for those who are already in poor health.
Whatever substance you're quitting, if you sense any danger at all, the best thing you can do is to check with your doctor, a local detox clinic, or emergency room when necessary.
The treatment locator can help you to find detoxification clinics: Click here for SAMHSA Treatment Locator
Private detoxification is available, and where this is preferred and you have the means, I recommend Gallus Detox Centers for the highest quality of care: Click here for Gallus Detox Centers Info
Whatever you do though - please know that withdrawal doesn't force anyone to use substances. It forces you to feel the effects of withdrawal - such as hot & cold sweats, gastrointestinal problems, joint pain, potential seizures etc - you get to choose how to respond to those effects. If you want to use more substances to avoid withdrawal effects, that is your choice. Going through withdrawal until fully detoxified is also a potential choice. Withdrawal doesn't force anyone to use.