12/02/12 8:34 am
Gradual is always better because you're training your body to go without. Cold turkey sets you up for a much higher chance of starting again.
12/01/12 9:11 am
As long as it is not an addiction that your body has become dependent on like alcohol or cigarettes, the sudden stop is the best.
11/29/12 5:48 am
My dad was a severe alcoholic for many decades. When I was 18, his dr told him quit drinking or die very soon (he was 63 @ the time). We assumed dad was going to die w/ that choice but he just said I guess I'll stop drinking. Sober for 18 yrs this April Fools Day!
11/29/12 3:48 am
I went from coffee every day to no caffeine at all the next. I felt like absolute s**t for two weeks. Gradual reduction could have probably prevented that.
2katz I live in Nebraska
11/29/12 1:30 am
If it involves severe withdrawal symptoms gradual is better. The whole process is gradual anyway. You might stop the substance or behavior quickly but relearning alternate coping behaviors takes time. Sometimes months and years.
11/28/12 10:29 pm
If you are dealing with an alcoholic or drug addict that is a good way if you are looking to kill them. Complete abstinence with a medical detox if necessary.
timeout Boston Strong
11/28/12 5:32 pm
The only bad habit I had was smoking. After trying to taper down gradually I just stop one day, cold turkey. It's tough but 20 years latter still off the butts.
11/28/12 4:21 pm
Any habit that I have broken successfully was cold turkey. For me, gradual is too enticing to resume previous behavior. But like some others have commented, it depends on the habit and the person.
11/28/12 4:09 pm
A habit should be quit cold Turkey but an addiction sometimes gradually to cushion severe withdrawal. Quitting a street drug is way different from quitting jaywalking.
11/28/12 3:41 pm
Exactly. Alcohol as well as many other addiction withdrawals can kill you. Tabasco is one of the hardest, but I was able to quit cold turkey about 10 years ago. I still get cravings almost everyday, and I had only 1/2pack a day for about 8 yrs. I know people can have it a lot worse, but u won't die
11/28/12 2:35 pm
For me it has to be all at once. Every bad habit that I have kicked has been cold turkey including stopping smoking.
11/28/12 2:24 pm
If the determination is there, either should work. If its not, either will fail miserably. Like a fat person declaring they are going on a diet, starting on January 1st. If you really wanted to lose the weight, you'd start today.
11/28/12 2:03 pm
Anything I ever quit, I quit cold turkey. It's too easy to quit the gradualness when you're quitting anything gradually :) Mind you, I don't have an addictive personality so I've never really been addicted to anything illegal or life-threatening per say & all of my addictions are fairly short-lived
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