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Withdrawal Doesn’t Need to be Painful

2023-01-09T14:02:50-05:00November 28, 2022|Addiction Treatment, Detox|

One of the biggest fears of anyone dealing with an addiction or substance use disorder is the fear of a painful withdrawal. Many types of drugs and alcohol will cause withdrawal, and withdrawals are often thought of as physical symptoms, but can also be mental and emotional for a person who is stopping the use of substances. The fear of a painful withdrawal experience can keep a person using drugs and alcohol for many years. What is Withdrawal and What Substances Cause Withdrawal Symptoms? Withdrawal is the physical and mental symptoms that occur after a person stops or reduces the intake of drugs and/or alcohol. The substances most often considered when thinking about physical withdrawal are: alcohol opioids like [...]

Can Herbs Ease Your Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms?

2022-11-22T14:46:50-05:00November 17, 2022|Detox|

If you’re struggling with Benzo withdrawal, you know that the symptoms can be uncomfortable and even potentially dangerous, depending on the severity of your symptoms. There are many treatments available for benzo withdrawal symptoms, including herbal remedies which can be effective in some cases. However, this is not a substitute for professional medical care and should only be used temporarily as a measure to ease your discomfort until you receive treatment from your doctor or counselor. What Are Benzodiazepines? A benzodiazepine, or benzo for short, is a psychoactive prescription drug that has been used for years to treat anxiety and insomnia. Benzodiazepines work by slowing down the central nervous system, reducing the intensity of all thoughts and emotions. They are [...]

The Answer to the Eternal Question: Will Acid Stay in Your Spinal Cord?

2022-11-22T14:28:10-05:00November 13, 2022|Detox|

It’s the question that has plagued mankind since the 1970s – will acid stay in your spinal cord? If you’re going to be taking LSD, you might be wondering whether it will stay in your spinal cord or exit into your bloodstream where it can travel to your brain and cause hallucinations. After all, the last thing you want to do when getting high is damage yourself! The short answer to this question, however, is that LSD does not enter your spinal cord after consumption, but rather stays in your bloodstream and travels through your body before it can affect your brain and other organs. If you’re worried about the effects of LSD or other psychedelic drugs, you’re not alone. [...]

Can You Safely Detox from Benzos at Home?

2022-11-22T13:54:01-05:00November 10, 2022|Detox|

If you’re struggling to kick an addiction to benzos, detoxing from benzos at home may seem like the safest approach, but it isn’t always safe or effective.  Learn more about the risks and benefits of benzo detox before making your decision. What Are Benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines are a type of sedative that slows down the central nervous system. They are depressants that are used in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and acute seizures, and as general anesthetic premedication. The class of benzos includes some popular drugs such as Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin.  The problem is that benzodiazepines are addictive and tolerance to them can build up quickly—which means you'll need higher doses to get the same effect. The process starts [...]

What is Protracted Withdrawal Syndrome?

2022-11-22T11:28:12-05:00November 5, 2022|Detox|

Many drug users, whether they are abusing prescription medications or taking recreational drugs, experience symptoms of withdrawal when they try to quit using the drugs. However, some individuals who have abused certain drugs such as opioids will develop a condition known as protracted withdrawal syndrome (PWS), which can take months or even years to resolve fully.  Protracted withdrawal syndrome is a condition that results from the long-term use of drugs such as alcohol, benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax, Valium), and narcotics (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet). In some cases, withdrawal can happen after just one use.  The symptoms of protracted withdrawal syndrome can be very severe and may include panic attacks, nausea or vomiting, convulsions or seizures, hallucinations, agitation or irritability, tremors or shaking in [...]

When is Medically-Assisted Detox Needed?

2022-11-22T11:00:43-05:00October 31, 2022|Detox|

If you have an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or both, it can be hard to know when you should go through medically-assisted detox. While it’s true that anyone with an active addiction may need some form of detoxification, you also don’t want to go through this process unnecessarily or prematurely because there are risks involved in the procedure.  Medically-assisted detox is a process where addicts are taken off of their drug or alcohol dependency under a doctor's supervision and given medication to help with the withdrawal symptoms. Medically assisted detox is also known as detoxification or detox.  The decision to pursue medically-assisted detox is a big step, and it’s not one to be taken lightly. Often, the first sign that [...]

The Dangers of an At-Home Detox

2022-11-21T16:13:03-05:00October 25, 2022|Detox|

“At-Home Detox” options are becoming increasingly popular around the country. These options seem to offer individuals looking to get off drugs and alcohol an easier way to detox than the traditional option of admitting into a drug and alcohol detox and treatment facility. However, as any addiction treatment professional would tell you, easier is not always better or safer.   The truth is, for some people there are options outside of admitting into a detox facility or rehab in order to detox and receive care and support in order to manage withdrawal symptoms. For some people, an outpatient detox is adequate for getting them through withdrawals and getting to a place of physical stabilization to then begin treatment. For certain [...]

Mental Health Conditions that Accompany a Drug and Alcohol Detox

2022-10-13T16:19:32-04:00September 15, 2022|Detox, Mental Health|

Individuals that enter detox with addiction issues to drugs and alcohol often also suffer from a mental health condition. This is referred to as a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis. Co-occurring disorders (or dual diagnosis) refers to having a co-existing mental health conditions or mental illness and a substance use disorder. It is vital that anyone seeking help for an addiction, like entering a detox for drugs and alcohol, also finds a facility that is equipped to handle any mental health issues that they may have, or that may arise during detox. For years, it was thought that treatment facilities may be able to treat either an addiction or mental health issue separately, with the idea that one could [...]

Will My Health Insurance Cover Detox?

2022-08-30T11:01:24-04:00August 2, 2022|Detox, Insurance|

It is an unfortunate truth that America’s behavioral healthcare system is flawed. Someone seeking help for addiction or mental health issues often find that in order to get connected to services they must engage in an often confusing, convoluted process. Often services are inaccessible, therapists and psychiatrists have waitlists, or the services they need do not exist within their local area. They too can find that many services are expensive. While the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) should ensure that anyone is able to access services and those services should be covered by their health insurance, many people find this is not the case.   Whether someone has Medicaid, Medicare, or private [...]

What Drugs Require A Detox?

2022-07-15T19:25:59-04:00July 5, 2022|Detox|

For anyone that is in active addiction, regardless of how long or how much they are using, starting their addiction treatment and recovery journey with a detox and period of medical stabilization is always recommended. Making sure that 24/7 medical and clinical support is available to help someone through any withdrawal symptoms, be that physical withdrawal symptoms or any mental and emotional issues, and those first few days of stopping the use of drugs and alcohol is always beneficial.   However, depending on what substances a person is using there will be a greater or lesser need for a medical detox. Not all substances are the same or effect a person the same. Some substances create physical dependency, while others [...]

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