When you're in training for a marathon, you don't do the whole thing on the first day. You build it up, little by little: first 5k, then 10k, 21k and then the full 42k. The Big Cold Turkey programme works in the same way. You take it one step at a time: giving up for periods of 5, 10, 21 or 42 days. Easy peasy.
You've taken the first step on a very important journey. You are now officially part of The Big Cold Turkey adventure. Once you have bought your Big Cold Turkey pack you can start to think about what it is you would like to give up. In the past, people have given up a variety of things such as alcohol, binge drinking, smoking, chocolate, gambling, drugs, sex, not eating, over eating, sugar, caffeine, biting their nails, junk food, speeding, over spending, television, chat lines, computer games and the internet.
1. Choose your big day 2. Choose how many days you'll do 3. Make the commitment 4. Put your trophies somewhere safe until you need them 5. Use your 42-day diary 6. Start saving money 7. Kick it (and keep on going)
As you complete each stage of The Big Cold Turkey Programme you earn a trophy to attach to your wristband.
Prepare for the big day
This is an important step. Don't necessarily choose 'tomorrow'. Choose a day that'll give you the time you need to psyche yourself up and get you thinking positively. Maybe you could contact a relevant support group, too?
Make the commitment
The easiest way of making the commitment to start your journey is to do The Big Cold Turkey Programme with a buddy.
When your chosen day arrives, put on your wristband, and maybe even your badges and tattoo. Now the world knows how dedicated you are. It might even encourage them to do the same.
Make a difference
While you're on this web site, you can download The Big Cold Turkey Programme official sponsorship form. Finding your own sponsors will give you another reason to succeed. All the money you raise can go to a cause of your choice, so you'll feel doubly good.
Get your certificate
As you complete each stage of The Big Cold Turkey Programme, you will be able to download a certificate to commemorate your achievements. If you want, you can frame it and hang it on your wall.
This is just a snippet of what is in your 'Getting Started' booklet. To see the rest of it, and to start your detox marathon, click on the link below to buy a pack. Don't forget to look out for the downloads at the top of the page, they are another helping hand to get you through The Big Cold Turkey Programme.
Take a look at The The Big Cold Turkey music video, featuring the famous wristband.
Stirling silver bracelet exclusively for Strong Turkeys
This silver bracelet is available to purchase when you complete the full 42 day Big Cold Turkey Marathon.
Put your money here your mouth is.
At the Big Cold Turkey we have set up our own foundation...
We’ll donate all our profits to organisations that support young people at risk from drug and alcohol related abuse. The foundation also initiates and supports other projects designed to increase the opportunities available to underprivileged children in the UK.
If you would like to raise money yourself while you are giving something up, and then donate the money to your own chosen cause, you can download The Big Cold Turkey official sponsorship form from our download section.
Giving up is a new start. So try some other new stuff at the same time. Go to some new places. Meet some new people. Take your kite to the park. Start a new hobby. Even a new cycle route might do the trick. And if you're really struggling, join a support group.