How to Support Your Mental Health on Election Day

2020-11-30T18:12:42+00:00November 3, 2020|Mental Health|

Today is Election Day, and either Joe Biden or Donald Trump will be elected president. And regardless of who wins, millions of Americans will be upset. This is one of the most emotional national presidential elections ever. American cities are currently bracing for the fallout, boarding up shops and windows and taking extra precautions. Federal authorities even announced the White House is building a ‘non-scalable’ fence around the property. The nation is at a tipping point.   Therefore, it is important to remember that no matter what side of the political aisle you fall on, or what candidate you support or what your political views are, we as Americans must take steps to protect and manage our mental health in [...]

The Most Used, Abused, and Misused Substances

2020-11-30T17:48:48+00:00October 26, 2020|Detox|

As a detox facility that treats patients suffering from addiction, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorders, we admit patients using, misusing, and abusing many different types of substances. One of the larger stigmas associated with addiction is that people who suffer from substance use disorder are typically individuals using illegal or illicit substances. That is often not the case.   Here at Innovo Detox, we see many different types of individuals dealing with substance use disorders of all kinds, which can include illicit or illegal substances like cocaine or heroin, legal prescription substances like prescription opioid painkillers or benzodiazepines such as Xanax, or legal substances such as alcohol. We often see people that are considered individuals with a polysubstance use [...]

Understanding the Addiction Treatment Continuum of Care

2020-11-30T19:07:27+00:00October 19, 2020|Addiction Treatment|

Addiction is a complex, chronic illness that, in order to ensure sustainable recovery, requires a long-term continuum of care. However, while numerous studies have demonstrated high recovery outcomes are supported by long-term care, monitoring, and community recovery engagement, not every individual’s continuum of care will look the same and that continuum may not always be linear. Not every patient requires the same continuum, and supportive recovery care needs to appropriately take into account not just the clinical needs of the patient, but also the many other biopsychosocial aspects of their individual needs associated with their substance use disorder.   Therefore, one patient’s continuum of care may look very different from another patient’s continuum of care, each one obviously based on [...]

COVID-19: The Rising Need for Detox and Addiction Treatment Services

2020-11-30T19:17:26+00:00October 12, 2020|Detox|

For several years, the mounting opioid epidemic throughout America was Public Enemy #1 on the radar of public health crises. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has overtaken America’s addiction epidemic in terms of being the most threatening public health issue at hand, however, America is now dealing with an epidemic within a pandemic. The addiction crisis in America has not gotten better, and, in fact, due to the rising levels of negative coping mechanisms such as drugs and alcohol to deal with the mental health and emotional health issues taking place by many during the coronavirus, America’s addiction epidemic may be drastically increasing.   Since March, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across America, reports include rising numbers of Americans who are [...]

Detox in Pennsylvania during COVID-19

2020-10-22T17:18:26+00:00October 2, 2020|Detox|

Overdoses and fatal overdoses are on the rise in Pennsylvania, from urban areas like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to rural areas throughout the state. Just as in other states, Pennsylvania is seeing a rise in substance misuse and mental health issues, as the isolation, social disconnection, growing rates of unemployment, and issues surrounding anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide continue to be more prevalent.   Here at Innovo Detox in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, we have seen the impact of COVID-19 related to addiction and co-occurring disorders since we opened our doors on March 16th. We have seen patients from all areas of Pennsylvania (as well as surrounding states like New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C.) come through our [...]

The Difference Between Chemical Dependency, Substance Use Disorder, and Addiction

2020-10-22T15:36:10+00:00September 28, 2020|Uncategorized|

The terms “chemical dependency”, “substance use disorder”, and “addiction” are often used interchangeably. Even the term “substance abuse”, which was widely used for years but recently has fallen out of favor due to it being a term that can be stigmatizing and judgmental, is still sometimes used when describing substance misuse issues. However, each term is different and has a different meaning.   What is chemical dependency?   The term “chemical dependency” often is used when discussing substance use or substance misuse, but it is not exactly the same as substance use disorder or addiction.  Chemical dependency is “the body’s physical and/or psychological dependence to a psychoactive (mind-altering) substance, such as narcotics, alcohol, or nicotine. Physical dependency on such chemicals [...]

The Dangers of Detoxing at Home

2020-09-14T17:39:26+00:00September 21, 2020|Detox|

One of the many barriers that people in need of drug or alcohol detox face is the fear of entering a facility to manage their potential withdrawal symptoms. Just like entering treatment, entering detox carries with it fears and stigma for potential patients. Excuses like “I am unable to take time off of work” or “It won’t be that bad” or “I’ll be more comfortable at detoxing at home” are often used by people that call into a detox center while in active addiction.   Our admissions staff often hears potential patients say that they would rather try detoxing at home. However, this can be a dangerous and, sometimes, even a fatal mistake. We are not trying to cause fear [...]

Innovo Detox: 6 Month Update

2020-10-22T14:27:22+00:00September 14, 2020|Innovo Updates|

Innovo Detox, a MARC Treatment Center, opened its door in Adams County, Pennsylvania on March 16th, 2020.   Two years of planning and construction went into providing a first-of-its-kind, state-of-the-art stand-alone detox facility to offer services to those suffering from addiction and co-occurring disorders.   Understanding that addiction is a complex, chronic illness that often requires long-term treatment and recovery support, we also knew two key points: 1) That detox, withdrawal management and medical stabilization are often the key first step in the recovery process for the majority of individuals suffering from addiction, and 2) everyone's path of recovery is different and that while a continuum of care that includes treatment and recovery support is key, not everyone's journey will [...]

September is National Recovery Month

2020-09-10T14:42:15+00:00September 7, 2020|Uncategorized|

National Recovery Month in the United States is a national observance held each year in the month of September to celebrate recovery, inform on substance use disorders and mental health issues, break the stigma associated with addiction, and educate the public that behavioral health treatment and support are effective avenues to help people find enriching, healthy, and rewarding lives through recovery.   Throughout the country, and over the course of many years, millions and millions of Americans have found freedom, health, and happiness through recovery from addiction. These individuals and their families have had their lives transformed through the process of recovery from addiction, and annually, National Recovery Month allows a platform for those stories to reach the general public [...]

Does Someone with a Marijuana Addiction need Detox?

2020-09-09T20:16:06+00:00August 31, 2020|Detox|

One of the largest issues surrounding the use and misuse of marijuana is a largely antiquated notion that marijuana is “safe” or “not addicting.” Many parents that have young adults using or misusing marijuana often reference the “weed we used to smoke” to make a point that the marijuana being used by their adult child is harmless. Or others point to the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana throughout the country as a reason for it not to be problematic.   However, there are some important points to consider. First, the marijuana and THC products being used today is not the same type of marijuana that people were smoking decades ago. As an example, in the 1970s the average marijuana product [...]

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