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Addiction Detox and Treatment in Central Pennsylvania

2022-05-17T15:34:07+00:00May 17, 2022|Innovo Updates|

America’s addiction epidemic continues to hit communities throughout the country, as rising opioid overdose rates were made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent report estimates that last year in the United States over 107,000 people lost their lives to drug overdoses. These totals do not account for the many non-fatal overdoses, lives lost in other ways to drugs and alcohol, and the millions of individuals and families that are still impacted by active addiction.   Because of this, here at Innovo Detox we knew that it was important to get out a wide message to our local community about how to seek help, what treatment is, what someone experiences while in detox and treatment, and that recovery is [...]

Can You Detox from Technology?

2022-05-10T20:23:58+00:00May 10, 2022|Addiction Treatment, Mental Health|

There have been a massive number of stories in the media over the last few weeks detailing the mental health concerns of teenagers and young adults, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The largest culprit mentioned for this decline in the mental health conditions and resiliency of American youth is technology. Specifically, the constant use of smart phones, gaming devices, social media, and other technology.   There is no doubt that as a society, we are more connected than we’ve ever been, while at the same time, feeling more disconnected.   This paradox stems from technology and our constant access to it: We have 24/7 access to information and communication, yet at the same time, or even because of it, as [...]

Celebrating National Nurses Week 2022!

2022-05-06T13:40:22+00:00May 6, 2022|Uncategorized|

May 6th, 2022 through May 13th, 2022 is National Nurses Week for 2022. Here at Innovo Detox, we wanted to take a moment to recognize with gratitude both the incredibly dedicated and hard-working nursing staff here at our facility, as well as the committed nurses around the country and throughout individual communities for their dedicated service to patients and clients each day of the year.   National Nurses Week 2022 gives everyone an opportunity to celebrate the difficult work nurses do for us all and offer thanks to those nurses who have made a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. Throughout the week, healthcare and hospital organizations will be honoring their nurses and bringing awareness to the amazing [...]

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

2022-05-03T19:09:28+00:00May 3, 2022|Mental Health|

America is facing a rising tide of mental health concerns. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the reports of more Americans dealing with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, and substance abuse is off the charts. While mental health in America is an issue that has always been stigmatized and never fully addressed, it has only increased and worsened since the beginning of 2020, impacting more American individuals and families.   Since 1949, the month of May has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a month dedicated to raise awareness of those individuals living with mental health issues and mental illness, take steps to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and [...]

Opioid Overdose Numbers

2022-04-26T14:09:08+00:00April 25, 2022|Opioids|

America has been in the grips of an addiction epidemic for decades. While the drugs and substances change, the end result is the same: chaos, broken families, overdose, tragedy, and death. While hope remains due to the millions of individuals and families that find recovery, millions more stay in the painful cycle of addiction.   The biggest recent issue within the addiction epidemic in America is the ongoing opioid crisis. Years ago, due in large part to the marketing of the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin, America was gripped by opioids. Millions of Americans became addicted to prescription narcotics, some doctor shopping for multiple prescriptions, others turning to illicit street drugs like heroin, and more just staying in a cycle of [...]

Xylazine: Veterinary Tranquilizer Prevalent in Rising Overdoses Cases

2022-04-26T13:59:38+00:00April 19, 2022|Addiction News|

There is a new prescription drug showing up in the rising drug overdoses taking place throughout the country. The drug, called Xylazine, is a dangerous tranquilizer often used by veterinarians and veterinarian clinics on animals. Over the last few months, in different areas around America, the drug is showing up more and more in cases of both fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses. Most often, and in similar ways to the powerful and dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, xylazine is being used in counterfeit prescription pills being sold on the street.   Xylazine is a drug most often used in veterinary medicine as a sedative. It is a drug that has analgesic and muscle relaxant properties. Used for many different animals, the [...]

Seniors Struggling with Addiction

2022-04-26T13:55:18+00:00April 4, 2022|Addiction Recovery|

When people think of individuals struggling with addiction or substance use disorder, the overwhelming thought is to think of a young adult. Addiction is often thought of as a disease that impacts a younger population- teenagers experimenting with drugs and alcohol, college aged young adults on their own for the first time at a university, or the 21-to-35 aged adults still going out and partying. While addiction does impact the younger adult population more so than other age groups, there is a segment of the population that has seen skyrocketing rates of substance use disorder over the last several years: Seniors and the older adult population.   Addiction affects up to 17% of the older population, meaning individuals over the [...]

The Dangers of Medical Marijuana

2022-04-25T20:56:48+00:00March 28, 2022|Addiction News|

We have reached a progressive period in American history, one in which we are slowly entering a time where marijuana will become legal. Many areas of the country have decriminalized marijuana and even more have created legal access for Americans to get medical marijuana. When we look at the failure of the War on Drugs, this is not necessarily a bad direction to go in, especially when comparing marijuana to the health risks associated with other, more powerful drugs. There are also studies demonstrating some of the benefits that marijuana can have for individuals with numerous ailments. A large argument for marijuana is that it can effectively treat pain without the dangers, side effects, or physical dependency of opioids. This [...]

How Long Do You Need to Drink or Use Drugs Before Needing Detox?

2022-04-25T20:51:08+00:00March 21, 2022|Detox, Uncategorized|

One of the main questions an individual or concerned family members asks regarding substance use disorder or addiction is how long someone needs to abuse drugs or alcohol before they need detox. Often a concerned parent, spouse or loved one will call a rehab or addiction treatment center because they are concerned about their loved one’s drug use or drinking. They will often ask if that loved one needs detox based on the amount of time the person has been misusing drugs or having issues with their drinking.   Unfortunately, there is no cut and dry or black and white answer regarding this question. Every person is different, with different factors regarding their substance misuse including different biology, different physiology, [...]

Innovo Detox welcomes Leah Christman as new Director of Nursing

2022-03-16T19:55:32+00:00March 16, 2022|Innovo Updates|

We are pleased to announce the addition of Leah Christman, BSN, RN, to the Innovo Detox team as our facility’s new Director of Nursing. Leah comes to Innovo Detox after over a decade working in management and clinical operations in skilled nursing facilities and long-term care communities and will join the Innovo Detox leadership and medical teams in her new role.   Leah received her diploma in nursing in 2010 from the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree of Science in Nursing, Cum Laude, from Drexel University in 2014. She is a Registered Nurse (RN) in the state of Pennsylvania.   After school, Leah went to work for a large healthcare system [...]

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