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Withdrawal Doesn’t Need to be Painful

2022-11-28T11:15:46-05:00November 28, 2022|Addiction Treatment, Detox|

One of the biggest fears of anyone dealing with an addiction or substance use disorder is the fear of a painful withdrawal. Many types of drugs and alcohol will cause withdrawal, and withdrawals are often thought of as physical symptoms, but can also be mental and emotional for a person who is stopping the use of substances. The fear of a painful withdrawal experience can keep a person using drugs and alcohol for many years. What is Withdrawal and What Substances Cause Withdrawal Symptoms?   Withdrawal is the physical and mental symptoms that occur after a person stops or reduces the intake of drugs and/or alcohol. The substances most often considered when thinking about physical withdrawal are: alcohol opioids like [...]

Gratitude and Giving Thanks at Innovo Detox

2022-11-22T14:56:53-05:00November 18, 2022|Innovo Updates, Uncategorized|

As Thanksgiving approaches, the holiday season commences, and we all prepare to ring in the new year, it is always appropriate to take a moment and reflect on our gratitude. The last few years have been difficult on us all, through the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, and ongoing struggle of Americans suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. As we journey into Thanksgiving, we are reminded to pause, take a moment, and reflect on those things that mean the most to us and that truly matter. It is important to take some time and find our gratitude. Gratitude is not just a feeling or something that can’t quite be defined or quantified. In fact, there are numerous scientific [...]

Can Herbs Ease Your Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms?

2022-11-22T14:46:50-05:00November 17, 2022|Detox|

If you’re struggling with Benzo withdrawal, you know that the symptoms can be uncomfortable and even potentially dangerous, depending on the severity of your symptoms. There are many treatments available for benzo withdrawal symptoms, including herbal remedies which can be effective in some cases. However, this is not a substitute for professional medical care and should only be used temporarily as a measure to ease your discomfort until you receive treatment from your doctor or counselor. What Are Benzodiazepines? A benzodiazepine, or benzo for short, is a psychoactive prescription drug that has been used for years to treat anxiety and insomnia. Benzodiazepines work by slowing down the central nervous system, reducing the intensity of all thoughts and emotions. They are [...]

The Answer to the Eternal Question: Will Acid Stay in Your Spinal Cord?

2022-11-22T14:28:10-05:00November 13, 2022|Detox|

It’s the question that has plagued mankind since the 1970s – will acid stay in your spinal cord? If you’re going to be taking LSD, you might be wondering whether it will stay in your spinal cord or exit into your bloodstream where it can travel to your brain and cause hallucinations. After all, the last thing you want to do when getting high is damage yourself! The short answer to this question, however, is that LSD does not enter your spinal cord after consumption, but rather stays in your bloodstream and travels through your body before it can affect your brain and other organs. If you’re worried about the effects of LSD or other psychedelic drugs, you’re not alone. [...]

Can You Safely Detox from Benzos at Home?

2022-11-22T13:54:01-05:00November 10, 2022|Detox|

If you’re struggling to kick an addiction to benzos, detoxing from benzos at home may seem like the safest approach, but it isn’t always safe or effective.  Learn more about the risks and benefits of benzo detox before making your decision. What Are Benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines are a type of sedative that slows down the central nervous system. They are depressants that are used in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and acute seizures, and as general anesthetic premedication. The class of benzos includes some popular drugs such as Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin.  The problem is that benzodiazepines are addictive and tolerance to them can build up quickly—which means you'll need higher doses to get the same effect. The process starts [...]

What is Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome?

2022-11-22T11:28:12-05:00November 5, 2022|Detox|

Many drug users, whether they are abusing prescription medications or taking recreational drugs, experience symptoms of withdrawal when they try to quit using the drugs. However, some individuals who have abused certain drugs such as opioids will develop a condition known as protracted withdrawal syndrome (PWS), which can take months or even years to resolve fully.  Protracted withdrawal syndrome is a condition that results from the long-term use of drugs such as alcohol, benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax, Valium), and narcotics (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet). In some cases, withdrawal can happen after just one use.  The symptoms of protracted withdrawal syndrome can be very severe and may include panic attacks, nausea or vomiting, convulsions or seizures, hallucinations, agitation or irritability, tremors or shaking in [...]

When is Medically-Assisted Detox Needed?

2022-11-22T11:00:43-05:00October 31, 2022|Detox|

If you have an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or both, it can be hard to know when you should go through medically-assisted detox. While it’s true that anyone with an active addiction may need some form of detoxification, you also don’t want to go through this process unnecessarily or prematurely because there are risks involved in the procedure.  Medically-assisted detox is a process where addicts are taken off of their drug or alcohol dependency under a doctor's supervision and given medication to help with the withdrawal symptoms. Medically assisted detox is also known as detoxification or detox.  The decision to pursue medically-assisted detox is a big step, and it’s not one to be taken lightly. Often, the first sign that [...]

The Dangers of an At-Home Detox

2022-11-21T16:13:03-05:00October 25, 2022|Detox|

“At-Home Detox” options are becoming increasingly popular around the country. These options seem to offer individuals looking to get off drugs and alcohol an easier way to detox than the traditional option of admitting into a drug and alcohol detox and treatment facility. However, as any addiction treatment professional would tell you, easier is not always better or safer.   The truth is, for some people there are options outside of admitting into a detox facility or rehab in order to detox and receive care and support in order to manage withdrawal symptoms. For some people, an outpatient detox is adequate for getting them through withdrawals and getting to a place of physical stabilization to then begin treatment. For certain [...]

Alcoholism: The Old Faithful Addiction is Trending in the Wrong Direction

2022-11-21T15:48:49-05:00October 18, 2022|Addiction News, Alcohol Recovery|

Over the last several years, or even for at least the last decade, when someone mentions substance use disorder or addiction the first thing that anyone thinks of is the opioid epidemic. America’s opioid crisis has been in full swing since the 1990’s, with the first major wave of increased prescribing of opioid began due to Purdue Pharma and OxyContin, with overdoses and overdose deaths due to prescription opioids increased since at least 1999. Since that time, America’s opioid epidemic has only seemed to get worse, with 2010 seeing a dangerous and alarming trend of more opioid overdoses due to heroin and other illicit narcotics, and the last several years being dominated by the use and misuse of the extremely [...]

An Ideal Addiction Treatment Continuum of Care

2022-11-21T15:00:15-05:00October 13, 2022|Addiction Recovery|

Most people think treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders is a single experience. A person is in active addiction and either comes to terms with the fact that they need help or are confronted by family or loved ones and asked to get help. Then they go to treatment or rehab. However, addiction is a chronic illness, meaning that best recovery outcomes come from a long-term continuum of care. Therefore, detox and traditional 28-day treatment episodes are simply the first step in what should be a long-term continuum of care that addresses not just addiction, but all areas of a patient’s life so that they learn and apply the skillset to find success in long-term recovery and achieve a high [...]

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