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Mental Health Awareness Month: May 2021

2021-05-25T16:50:16+00:00May 3, 2021|Mental Health|

During the month of May, organizations and communities around the country will celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. Every year throughout America, millions of people face the difficulty of living with a mental illness or mental health condition. Mental Health Awareness Month is a platform that attempts to raise awareness about mental health issues, educate the public on mental illness, and break the stigma often associated with mental health and mental illness. Mental Health Awareness Month is also vitally important to help individuals recognize that mental health is an essential component to one’s overall health and wellness, that resources are available for those suffering and seeking help, and that mental illnesses and mental health conditions are treatable.   Theme of Mental [...]

Common Medications Used in a Drug and Alcohol Detox

2021-05-25T16:29:59+00:00April 26, 2021|MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)|

Individuals suffering from addiction are often fearful of entering detox due to the typical discomfort associated with withdrawals from drugs and alcohol. While withdrawal symptoms are often considered physical, many substances also can be associated with difficult mental health and psychiatric issues during withdrawal.   Fortunately, there are many FDA-approved medications that are safe and effective in getting people detoxed and through withdrawals in a comfortable way. Each individual who enters detox, depending on their medical history and what substances they are using, will be seen, assessed, and evaluated by a doctor and then put on a clinically appropriate detox protocol of medications that will help treat their symptoms. Every patient should also be evaluated by a psychiatrist, who can [...]

The Most Commonly Abused Over-The-Counter Medications (OTC Medications)

2021-04-14T16:08:08+00:00April 19, 2021|Addiction Treatment, Uncategorized|

The ability for individuals to access and use over-the-counter (OTC) medications (also known as nonprescription medication) to treat symptoms without a prescription offers many benefits to everyday consumers dealing with regular health concerns. Some examples of OTC medications that can be purchased without a prescription are pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), cough suppressants like Robitussin, antihistamines like Claritin, antacids, laxatives, and diarrhea remedies like Immodium A-D and Pepto-Bismol. These commonly purchased over-the-counter medicines treat the symptoms of many illnesses that don’t require the help of a doctor and are often used to appropriately treat symptoms such as minor aches and pains, fever, diarrhea, symptoms of the common cold, sore throat, and allergies.   However, while many [...]

Alcohol Awareness Month 2021

2021-04-14T16:03:38+00:00April 12, 2021|Alcohol Recovery|

April 2021 is Alcohol Awareness Month. A public health awareness campaign held annually each April, Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 by the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) to increase awareness, education, and understanding of the dangers of alcohol, especially in young people, causes of alcoholism, and treatment of alcohol use disorder.   Through national, regional, state, and local events, Alcohol Awareness Month attempts to spread awareness about alcohol use disorder and alcoholism, reduce the stigma association with alcoholism and addiction, and bring education, understanding, and resources to communities throughout the country. The importance of Alcohol Awareness Month now is as important as it was when it began in 1987, as alcohol is the most used [...]

The Rise of Hallucinogen Use in America

2021-04-14T15:44:33+00:00April 6, 2021|Mental Health|

Since 2015, the usage of hallucinogen drugs is on the rise throughout the country. A recent study conducted by the University of Cincinnati found that the use of LSD has risen 56% since 2015. With the disruption of COVID-19 causing mass quarantining and isolation, just as the rates of overall substance use and misuse has risen, so has the use and misuse of hallucinogens. Americans seem to be passing the time by tripping in quarantine. What are Hallucinogens? Hallucinogens are a class of drugs that alter a person’s awareness of their surroundings. These drugs also impact an individual’s thoughts and feelings. Some examples of the effects of hallucinogens are “seeing music”, altered perception of reality, seeing images that aren’t there, [...]

Drinking in College: Losing Control

2021-04-14T15:42:12+00:00April 1, 2021|Alcohol Recovery|

Drinking in college is often something that comes with the territory for students. Being away from home for the first time, making new friends, and having new experiences, often alcohol is a guest at any college party of social function.   According to recent surveys, drinking is a normal part of the college experience for many students. 54.9% of full-time college students between the ages of 18 to 22 reported drinking alcohol within the past month, with 36.9% reported partaking in binge drinking behavior in the same time frame. Overall, 80% of college students reported that they regularly drank alcohol while attending a college or university.   However, what happens with college students when their drinking goes too far? What [...]

How Medication Mismanagement Can Lead to Addiction in the Elderly

2021-04-14T15:02:59+00:00March 22, 2021|Detox|

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), five out of every six people age 65 or older are prescribed and taking at least one medication, and half of the elderly population in America are taking three or more medications. Additionally, over half of the elderly population throughout the country are medication non-compliant, which means that these seniors fail or refuse compliance to necessary medications and/or that the elderly patient does not take the prescribed medication or followed the prescribed course of treatment. Causes of Medication Mismanagement in the Elderly Some of the more common causes of medication mismanagement within the elderly population are: Financial Memory loss Vision or hearing problems Physical limitations or issues such as swallowing Social isolation [...]

How Do I Know If I Need Detox?

2021-04-14T14:32:21+00:00March 18, 2021|Detox|

Many people that suffer from addiction, substance abuse, substance misuse, or substance use disorder after a sustained period of time using drugs and/or alcohol find that they cannot quit on their own. Some are unable to quit for even a short period of time, while others may be able to stop using or drinking for a short period, but immediately pick back up. Others, based on the types of substances (such as heroin or other opioids, benzodiazepines, or alcohol) become physically dependent and any stoppage of use can immediately cause dangerous and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Even others may use substances, such as marijuana or cocaine, that may have some slight physical withdrawal symptoms, but have even worse mental or emotional [...]

The Innovo Detox Culinary Experience

2021-04-14T14:54:54+00:00March 15, 2021|Nutrition|

When considering detox, there are many different parts of the withdrawal management and stabilization process that are vitally important. Is there a doctor or specially addiction-trained psychiatrist that will be overseeing the process? What is the medication protocol? Will there be 24/7 nursing staff? Will the detox include clinical and recovery support to aid patients through those first rough few days of the process? Is the environment healing, soothing, private, and offer enough comfort but also enough distractions in the form of community engagement and entertainment for a patient to take their minds of going through detox? Fortunately, here at Innovo Detox, the answers to all these questions are yes. However, there is another piece of the detox process that [...]

Problem Gambling Awareness Month: March 2021

2021-04-13T19:53:24+00:00March 8, 2021|Addiction Recovery|

Gambling has always been an issue in the United States, both legal and illegal gambling. And as the country moves towards more avenues of legalized gambling, such as casinos being opened in more states or the rise in popularity of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) organizations like FanDuel and DraftKings, the propensity of gambling addiction issues for many Americans is escalating.   Annually, March is dedicated to Problem Gambling Awareness Month. This initiative is meant to bring awareness and resources about gambling, problem gambling, gambling disorder, and gambling addiction throughout the country. It is a grassroots campaign spearheaded by the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), in partnership with other healthcare organizations and providers, state health agencies, gambling companies, and gambling recovery [...]

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