Warm turkey: Other routes to abstinence

William Miller, Andrew Page

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The requirement of immediate and abrupt quitting (“cold turkey”) can be an obstacle to the acceptance and accomplishment of abstinence as a long-term outcome. Three alternative “warm turkey” routes to abstinence are discussed:(a) sobriety sampling,(b) tapering down, and (c) trial moderation. Clinical research evidence and case examples are provided in support of these alternative approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227
Number of pages232
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1991


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