Quitting alcohol cold turkey could be deadlier than kicking heroin
The death of "True Blood" actor Nelsan Ellis earlier this month from heart failure resulting from alcohol withdrawal highlights a troubling trend: alcoholics trying to beat their addiction without professional medical help, a practice doctors say can be even deadlier than detoxing from heroin. "Withdrawal from opiates is miserable but not typically a medical emergency," says Jeff Foote, Ph.D., co-founder of the Center for Motivation and Change addiction treatment practice in NoMad.
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