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 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 [...]
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, 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
It is well documented that the COVID-19 public health pandemic has created a rising tide of mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that 40% of respondents reported an adverse mental health or behavioral health condition, and 11% of respondents had seriously considered the idea of suicide in the previous month. With rising stress levels, isolation, lack of social interaction, or being together with family for such extended periods of time, there is little doubt that Americans are facing an increased mental health crisis due to the coronavirus. Something else that is also well-known is the close relationship between mental health conditions and stress and high rates of [...]
Individuals seeking help for addiction and family members seeking services to help their loved ones should have a clear picture of who is delivering the care. Here at Innovo Detox, we understand that suffering from addiction is lonely, painful, and often encompasses the individual, and their family and loved ones with a feeling of hopelessness.
Far too often there is a disconnect in opinions regarding addiction. As a chronic illness, there is no question that to overcome addiction, individuals that suffer from substance use disorder require long-term treatment, monitoring, and recovery support. However, the approaches that are taken to treat addiction can unfortunately vary. Often on one side are those that believe recovery from addiction equates to sobriety and only sobriety, where an individual must learn to live a life completely free of substances. Often on the other side is the outcry for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), the use of medications to support recovery. This is often discussed in relation to opioids, opioid use disorder and opioid addiction and involves specifically medications like methadone, [...]
While detox and withdrawal management for anyone suffering from addiction and substance use disorder is very similar in terms of what the process looks like, the specific timelines and protocols for detox and medical stabilization vary depending on the substance or substances being misused by the patient.