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100,000 Americans Lost Their Lives to Drug Overdoses in Last 12 Months

2021-11-29T19:12:13+00:00November 29, 2021|Addiction News|

The number of drug overdoses deaths in the United States topped 100,000 Americans annually for the first time ever, according to the latest data reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) The latest information comes from a 12-month period beginning in April 2020 and ending in April 2021. In terms of America’s addiction epidemic and opioid crisis, the numbers are trending in the wrong direction.   While many federal and state governments and organizations have been proclaiming victory surrounding overdoses, overdose deaths, and the overall addiction crisis taking place throughout the country, this latest data provided by the CDC demonstrates otherwise. However, it is important to recognize that these numbers do not equate to the opioid [...]

The Need for Gratitude All Year Round

2021-11-12T21:44:21+00:00November 15, 2021|Addiction Recovery|

The month of November and the winter holiday season typically brings much talk about gratitude and thankfulness. As Thanksgiving approaches, we begin to take stock of our lives and the things for which we are thankful for. We hear talk of gratitude, read about thankfulness, and we begin to get swept up in the holiday season.   It begins to resonate that, even though everyone goes through struggles and faces trials and tribulations throughout the year, we actually have much to be thankful for and be grateful about. We think about our families and our friends. We recognize that we are surrounded by people that love us and care about us. We think of the gratitude we have for the [...]

5 Misconceptions About Sobriety

2021-11-11T19:14:12+00:00November 9, 2021|Uncategorized|

Finding recovery and getting sober seems rational to those people that have never suffered from addiction. From the outside looking in, they see someone suffering from addiction whose life is chaotic and unmanageable and they think “why wouldn’t this person want to get sober?” It seems pretty simple. Drugs and alcohol are ruining your life, so of course you would want to find recovery and get sober in order to find a better life.   However, as anyone that has ever suffered from addiction and substance use disorder knows, it certainly is not that simple. For one, individuals suffering from addiction have had their brains hijacked by drugs and alcohol. Due to the impact of substances on their brains and [...]

Adderall Misuse and the Need for Detox

2021-11-11T19:08:26+00:00November 1, 2021|Detox|

Adderall misuse is on the rise throughout the United States. Adderall is a medication that is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. A legal amphetamine, it is often prescribed to treat conditions like narcolepsy and ADHD. There is somewhat of an epidemic of overprescribing of the medication, especially to children, adolescents, and young adults. For many individuals, and especially those prescribed Adderall at a young age, there is often a penchant for abuse or misuse of the medication.   Outside of those individuals that are prescribed and use and misuse Adderall, there is also a large segment of the population that buy and use Adderall without a prescription. In high schools and college campuses around the country, many students use [...]

Innovo Detox Welcomes Zenaida Guzman as New Clinical Supervisor

2021-11-11T18:37:47+00:00October 25, 2021|Innovo Updates|

Innovo Detox is proud to announce the hiring of Zenaida Guzman as the new Clinical Supervisor at Innovo Detox in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania. Zenaida will join the leadership and clinical teams at Innovo Detox, helping to oversee and support the clinical services offered to patients from the team of therapists and counselors.   “We are excited to have Zenaida join our team here at Innovo Detox,” said Molly Ashcroft, Executive Director at Innovo Detox. “Detox is primarily considered a medical service, but we pride ourselves on making sure that all patients engage in and receive high quality clinical care during their stay at Innovo. It is vital that clinical care support the medical issues patients are going through during detox, create [...]

Innovo Detox Welcomes Troy Mummert as New Community Outreach Specialist

2021-11-11T18:33:33+00:00October 18, 2021|Uncategorized|

Innovo Detox is pleased to announce the promotion of Troy Mummert to his new role of Community Outreach Specialist! A member of the Innovo Detox team since April 2021, Troy previously worked on the Innovo Detox recovery support staff team as a Therapeutic Assistant, providing direct care and support to patients during their treatment experience going through detox at Innovo.   “We are thrilled to welcome Troy to our Business Development team,” said Mallorie Schwartzman, Director of Business Development at Innovo Detox. “He was a valuable asset to the Innovo Detox recovery support staff, so his experience and passion for helping his community makes him the perfect person to support those needing help for addiction within our local community in [...]

Drug and Alcohol Detox: One Day at a Time

2021-11-11T15:32:28+00:00October 12, 2021|Addiction Recovery, Detox|

A major obstacle for many individuals that suffer from addiction is the fear or disbelief they have about staying sober “forever.” If you ask someone that has suffered from alcohol or drug addiction, typically they have sought comfort and emotional relief from substance use for many years. Drugs and alcohol give them an escape, or are a stress reliever, or even numb mental, emotional, or physical pain that they experience. Given that fact, and years of using substances in this way as a coping mechanism, the use of substances becomes normalized. Therefore, since they are so used to having drugs and alcohol be a part of their daily lives, the thought of giving up substances is terrifying.   So, because [...]

A Poisoned Drug Supply: Fentanyl is Killing Thousands of Americans

2021-11-11T15:18:37+00:00October 6, 2021|Fentanyl|

There is almost no conversation that takes place currently regarding America’s opioid epidemic that doesn’t mention fentanyl. Years ago, during the rise of the opioid crisis, the typical discussion involving opioids would center around the major scourge of the opioid epidemic- OxyContin. It might include other prescription narcotics drugs such as oxycodone, Percocet, or Hydrocodone. It would no doubt turn to illicit street drugs like heroin or morphine. However, over the last few years, fentanyl has dominated any discussion of the ongoing opioid crisis in America.   Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent.   Fentanyl is a prescription drug that typically is used to treat patients with severe [...]

What is a Medical Detox?

2021-09-30T15:24:21+00:00September 28, 2021|Detox|

The term “detox” is often used incorrectly or inaccurately when discussing addiction. Many people addicted to drugs and alcohol use the term “detox” when they are actually referring to withdrawals or withdrawal symptoms. Someone may say “I detoxed off heroin” or “I need to detox from alcohol” when they are in fact referring to the withdrawal process. This is the case because detox as a concept generally refers to cleansing the body. It is why people use it for everyday situations as well, such as “I’m detoxing from sugar.”   So sometimes when a person says “I detoxed” from drugs and alcohol, what they really mean is not that they went to a detox or addiction treatment facility, but rather [...]

Best Detox for Drugs and Alcohol

2021-09-30T15:19:29+00:00September 21, 2021|Uncategorized|

There is enough shame and stigma surrounding addiction that when an individual or their loved ones seek a detox or addiction treatment facility due to issues with drugs and alcohol, that individual and their family should walk into a facility that is clean, respectful, and dignified. They should walk into a clean facility that makes them feel like a human being. They should not feel ashamed, embarrassed, or disrespected when accessing care for addiction. These are important values to look for when finding the best detox for drugs and alcohol for you or a loved one.   Here at Innovo Detox, we know that the quality of a detox program comes from the quality of the medical and clinical treatment [...]

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