National Social Work Month: March 2021

2021-02-23T17:16:24+00:00March 2, 2021|Uncategorized|

March 2021 is National Social Work Month. This is a month celebrated each year to honor and recognize the incredible work done by social workers throughout the country. The theme for Social Work Month 2021 is “Social Workers Are Essential.” Social work is a profession that focuses on helping people. Social workers by trade are clinicians who are trained to help individuals address personal issues, as well as systemic barriers to optimal living. Social workers look to create positive change in people, in families, and in communities throughout America. Every day in our country, social workers create positive contributions in the lives of millions of people, as well as create positive change in our communities. National Social Work Month is [...]

Which Drug Withdrawals can be Fatal?

2021-02-25T20:16:10+00:00February 23, 2021|Detox|

The term “withdrawal” related to drugs and alcohol is most often associated with heroin or other powerful opioid medications. The physical reactions that a person experience’s when they are unable to use a substance that causes physical dependency, such as heroin or fentanyl, or OxyContin.   Withdrawal, or drug withdrawal syndrome or substance withdrawal syndrome, is the physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that occur upon the abrupt discontinuation or decrease in the intake of certain substances, which can be used medicinally or recreationally. As an example, if a regular user of heroin abruptly stops using heroin, they begin to have both physical and mental symptoms, such as hot and cold sweats, muscle aches, and anxiety.   Almost all drugs and [...]

The Dangers of Fentanyl

2021-02-25T17:01:04+00:00February 16, 2021|Opioids|

The dangers of heroin and other synthetic opioid painkillers are well known. For over a decade, America has been waging war against the opioid epidemic, until COVID-19 the worst public health crisis in the country. However, over the last several years, America’s dangerous relationship with opioids has taken an even more deadly turn with the rise in use and misuse of the powerful drug fentanyl. As the numbers of non-fatal and fatal drug overdoses increase annually, spiking with the most drug-related overdoses in a 12-month period during the coronavirus pandemic ending in May 2020 (the latest available statistics), the main culprit taking the lives of thousands of Americans is no longer heroin or prescription pills like OxyContin, but rather fentanyl. [...]

Caroline Farrell Joins Innovo Detox as New Community Outreach Specialist

2021-02-25T16:49:04+00:00February 8, 2021|Innovo Updates|

Innovo Detox, a MARC Treatment Center, is proud to announce that Caroline Farrell, LSW, has joined the Innovo Detox team as the new Community Outreach Specialist. A skilled and experienced professional in the behavioral healthcare space, Caroline Farrell will be based out of the Philadelphia area, with a specific focus on the Main Line area outside of Philadelphia.   “I am thrilled to have Caroline join us on the team here at Innovo Detox,” said Mallorie Schwartzman, Director of Business Development at Innovo Detox. “Her unique experience in clinical work, crisis management, and business development roles makes her the perfect fit for the role of Community Outreach Specialist, where she will be able to understand and access the specific needs [...]

Benefits of a Short-Term, Stand-Alone Detox

2021-02-25T16:28:18+00:00February 1, 2021|Detox|

For those individuals suffering from addiction, the typical first step of the recovery process is detox. Detox is the short-term medical process by which an individual physically stops using drugs and/or alcohol. Often, depending on what substances they may be using, detox also includes managing withdrawal symptoms, both physically and mentally, that may occur and reaching a place of medical stabilization so that they may continue their treatment and recovery journey.   There are many benefits of a stand-alone detox. The first is time. Depending on the types of substances being used, the amount of substances being used, and the duration of the active addiction, a detox may last anywhere from 4 days to 14 days, making sure the drugs [...]

Greater Need for Detox and Treatment as Fatal Overdoses Increase During COVID-19

2021-02-25T16:04:54+00:00January 29, 2021|Detox|

A recent report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demonstrates that while America has been dealing with rising rates of addiction and mental health for a while, the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the drug overdose epidemic in America.   The CDC report highlights rising rates of overdoses and fatal overdoses in the 12-month period ending in May 2020. Over those 12 months (the latest available data), over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in America, which is the highest total of drug overdose fatalities ever recorded in a 12-month period.   Unsurprising for anyone that has followed America’s addiction epidemic or tracked the rising rates of overdoses and fatal overdoses throughout the country, the number one culprit substance [...]

Drug and Alcohol Detox: 24/7 Medical Care

2021-02-25T15:51:02+00:00January 20, 2021|Detox|

People often ask the question why they should enter into a detox for drugs and alcohol, rather than trying to go through withdrawals on their own or detox themselves. Entering a detox facility can certainly be a scary proposition. It is frightening to think of starting a process of stopping drug and alcohol use, especially when substances have been such a normal part of their lives for so long.  It is frightening telling family, friends, and/or an employer that you are having issues with drugs and alcohol and you need to go away to detox, even for a short time. People are frightened by the stigma of addiction, worrying what others may think or say about them if they enter [...]

Innovo Detox: 2020 State of the Organization

2021-02-25T15:20:09+00:00January 11, 2021|Innovo Updates|

As we close out 2020 and begin 2021 renewed with hope and faith, I want to take a moment to honor all the hard work that the Innovo Detox team put forth this past year in such an incredibly challenging time. We opened our doors at the beginning of a global health pandemic that shut down the world, so to say that I am incredibly proud of our team at Innovo would be an understatement.   When I reflect on this last year and the weeks leading up to us opening our doors on March 16th, I think about all the excitement, motivation, hard work, and hope that quickly turned to fear when COVID-19 took the nation by storm.  There [...]

Detox Offers the Opportunity of Health and Wellness in the New Year

2021-01-13T19:27:41+00:00January 4, 2021|Detox|

Everyone has plans to make their lives better whenever a new year begins. Many people make new year’s resolutions. Many people make plans for personal growth and how to better themselves. Social media is ripe with “New Year, New Me!” posts.   For those suffering from substance use disorder, who often hope for better lives that are not caught in the grips of addiction, the new year can look as bleak as the last year. Those suffering from addiction often feel hopeless, angry, and scared, believing that there is no hope in them ever overcoming addiction and living a life free of drugs and alcohol.   However, just as regular, everyday people enter the new year renewed with hope for [...]

A Merry Christmas from Innovo Detox

2021-01-13T19:18:23+00:00December 22, 2020|Addiction Recovery|

It’s the Christmas season, and although this year may not feel as merry as those that have come before, it is still important that we all try to bring some happiness and joy this Christmas season. So, whether your Christmas gathering is smaller this year or you weren’t able to travel to see family, we should all take some solace in knowing that 2020 is soon coming to an end, there is hope on the horizon for the coronavirus pandemic, and as a nation, we can celebrate.   However, as is the case with many holiday seasons, the epidemic of addiction continues in many households throughout the country. Due to COVID-19, the substance use disorder and mental health crisis in [...]

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