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  • The Struggle Of Drinking To Not Feel

    The Struggle Of Drinking To Not Feel

    One of the main reason that people who are addicted to alcohol or any other drug use is that they are attempting to numb feelings of some kind. The degree to which a person is drinking to numb their feelings may vary, but must instances of alcoholism are due at least in part to a desire not to feel emotions that may be uncomfortable, such as anger, sadness, loneliness, or inadequacy, just to name a few.

  • 5 Facts About Opioid Dependence

    5 Facts About Opioid Dependence

    Opioid dependence is one of the fastest growing diseases in the United States today. Opioids, which are derived from the same chemicals as heroin, are highly addictive and can also be very deadly. It is very easy to overdose from opioids or to suffer from a lethal reaction to taking opioids with other types of drugs. Here are five facts about opioids and opioid addiction.

  • Healthy Ways to Handle Triggers in Recovery

    Healthy Ways to Handle Triggers in Recovery

    The reality of being a recovering addict is knowing that triggers to use will occur. When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, there are triggers that lead them to use. For many addicts, triggers to use are quite varied and can include people, as well as a variety of emotions and situations. Some triggers can be avoided: individuals who drive an addict to use, for example, can be avoided while an addict is in recovery. Some other triggers can never fully be avoided, however, as they are simply a part of living. Triggers like stress, anger, sadness, and frustration, are all emotions that a recovering addict will have to learn to face without the use of drugs or alcohol. Here are a few ways that triggers can be avoided in recovery.

  • 5 Tips to Open up Dialogue with an Alcoholic Spouse

    5 Tips to Open up Dialogue with an Alcoholic Spouse

    Addiction is a serious and often terrifying disease that takes over the entire life of an addict. There is no such thing as a "typical addict" and even people who have been married for quite some time may find that their partner has begun to spiral into alcoholism. It can be very emotionally draining for the loved one of an addict to attempt to process and make sense of the many feelings that come with being married to an alcoholic. One of the most difficult things in dealing with a spouse who is an alcoholic is knowing exactly how to talk to them about it. Here are a few tips for how to talk to your alcoholic spouse.

  • Why Addicts are Left with No Choice But to Use

    Why Addicts are Left with No Choice But to Use

    For those who have never experienced addiction or don't understand the disease, they might wonder why an addict continues to use drugs in spite of obvious consequences. To an outsider it may seem like a voluntary act when an addict continually engages in substance abuse. It can look like completely irrational behavior and they may believe the addict simply has poor self-control or a moral weakness. The reality is that addiction is a complex disease that beyond a certain point of chronic drug use eventually becomes involuntary. It can be hard to understand why a person continues to abuse drugs even while they are destroying their lives but there are significant changes that addiction can cause in the mind and body that make it nearly impossible for an addict to quit without professional help. Even after suffering a number of significantly negative consequences a person with an addiction will involuntarily keep using due to the nature of addiction.

  • Avoiding the Spiral of Prescription Drug Addiction

    Avoiding the Spiral of Prescription Drug Addiction

    Prescription drug addiction is one of the fastest growing diseases currently facing the United States. Each year, deaths and hospitalizations related to prescription drug abuse continue to be on the rise. Addiction to prescription drugs is a problem that impacts people of all ages and from all walks of life. Many people who become addicted to prescription pills do not have a use of recreationally using drugs, which is a fact that makes this disease even more terrifying for many people. Here are a few ways that you can help avoid spiraling into prescription drug addiction.

  • The Consequences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    The Consequences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    When a mother is pregnant with a child, her unborn baby essentially consumes everything that she also puts into her body. This is why doctors tell expectant mothers that it is absolutely imperative that they do not consume any type of drugs or alcohol while they are pregnant with their child. Unlike adults, fetuses do not have the ability to process even very small amounts of alcohol. For this reason, babies whose mothers drink alcohol while they are in the womb may suffer a number of major lifelong consequences, also known as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Even though the dangers of drinking while pregnant have been known for some time, the unfortunate reality is that each year approximately one in every 750 babies born suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. What exactly are the consequences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and what can be done to prevent it?

  • The Steps Necessary to Get and Stay Clean

    The Steps Necessary to Get and Stay Clean

    The idea of quitting an addiction can seem overwhelming and impossible to handle but it can be accomplished when you take things one day at a time and follow the steps you need to take to get sober. Once you recognize that you have a problem you have already reached a huge milestone and reaching out for help will be the first and most important step in the process of recovery. Every part of recovering from alcohol or drug addiction seems difficult at first but becoming sober can be quite manageable when it is broken down in steps and individual goals for you to achieve. When you know and understand each component of the treatment process you can approach each step with more motivation and willingness to change your life.

  • Treatment Helps Cultivate Willingness to Stay Clean

    Treatment Helps Cultivate Willingness to Stay Clean

    Many addicts enter treatment with a little bit of doubt about their addiction or a thought in the back of their mind that they can still somehow moderate their behavior. They may be terrified at the thought of losing the lifestyle they had and the idea of quitting permanently seems impossible. However, as long as they have at least some willingness and motivation to stay clean they can begin to cultivate that feeling in treatment and get rid of any notion of ever using again. Everything about recovery rests on a person's willingness to get better and do the work that will change their life. Voluntarily entering treatment is the first step to being open and more willing to pursuing permanent sobriety.

  • Allowing an Addict to Find Their Bottom is the Best You Can Do for Them

    Allowing an Addict to Find Their Bottom is the Best You Can Do for Them

    There is a saying that recovery is only effective for those that want it not for those that need it. Forcing someone to quit their addiction or get help may not work for them because they must first understand that they have a problem and they need help. Denial can be very powerful for people suffering from addiction and telling them that they need to change may fall on deaf ears. They will most likely continue their behavior until they reach a point where they have a realization about the reality of their addiction. Unfortunately this realization can often only occur once they truly hit rock bottom.

  • 5 Tips Every College Freshman Needs to Know

    5 Tips Every College Freshman Needs to Know

    Making the transition from high school to college can be a difficult time for teens or young adults that are finally learning to live independently. The pressures of being an adult on your own and dealing with the stress of school work can be a lot to handle in the first year of attending college.

  • What Makes A Grateful Alcoholic?

    What Makes A Grateful Alcoholic?

    Recovering from alcohol addiction is by no means an easy process. Recovery is a life long process, and any recovering alcoholic knows that in order to stay healthy and sober it is necessary to constantly use the tools that they developed in treatment in order to fight the urges and triggers that are simply a reality in day to day life.

  • 4 Ways To Help The Most Desperate Addict

    4 Ways To Help The Most Desperate Addict

    Addiction is a disease that can be extremely difficult to recover from. When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they are very likely to also suffer from conditions like depression and low self esteem, which can make it even more difficult to make the decision to seek help because an addict may not recognize their own self worth or realize that they deserve the chance to be happy and healthy again.

  • 5 Truths Of Addiction Treatment

    5 Truths Of Addiction Treatment

    When it comes time for someone to get off of an addiction and end the vicious cycle that it brings on, the best way to get started with this is to first go into a detox facility. In detox, the physical addiction will be remedied through the help of medications and care from the individuals who work there.

  • Buprenorphine A New Option For Heroin Addiction Treatment

    Buprenorphine A New Option For Heroin Addiction Treatment

    Opiate withdrawal is usually so intense that addicts find it hard to quit heroin or pain killers without the help of some kind of medication. In many cases, methadone has proven to be problematic as a medication for heroin addiction because it can become addictive.

  • Military Vets Susceptible to Prescription Drug Addiction

    Military Vets Susceptible to Prescription Drug Addiction

    Soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have a high risk of facing issues with drug abuse when they return home. It is common for military veterans to experience symptoms of PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, along with chronic pain due to combat injuries.

  • NYPD Now Equipped With Naloxone to Help Fight Heroin Deaths

    NYPD Now Equipped With Naloxone to Help Fight Heroin Deaths

    A new program has provided the necessary funds for New York Police officers to be equipped with a heroin antidote known as Naloxone. Recent increases in heroin addiction and overdose in the area have made it necessary for the NYPD to be specially trained and equipped for this crisis.

  • 5 Things You Should Know about Xanax

    5 Things You Should Know about Xanax

    Physicians frequently prescribe drugs like Xanax for people with panic disorder or symptoms of anxiety. Although it can be an effective medication for those suffering from panic attacks and severe anxiety, Xanax is a drug that is commonly abused.

  • Chasing the Dream of Doing Cocaine Like A Gentleman

    Chasing the Dream of Doing Cocaine Like A Gentleman

    Drugs like cocaine are often considered to be a "gentleman's addiction". Cocaine is the type of drug that is expensive enough to be associated with high flying executives and high profile celebrities who can afford to make it a habit. Because of this image cocaine sometimes becomes glamorized by people who imagine that doing this drug makes you appear rich and powerful.

  • Is Treating Opioid Addiction With Suboxone A Safe Option?

    Is Treating Opioid Addiction With Suboxone A Safe Option?

    Physicians treating addiction to heroin or prescription opoids are usually able to see a better success rate when providing medication. Recovering from the abuse of a highly addictive drug like heroin can be too difficult for long time users who are attempting to quit "cold turkey".

  • Is Crack-Cocaine the Most Destructive Drug Ever?

    Is Crack-Cocaine the Most Destructive Drug Ever?

    Most illegal drugs can have devastating effects on individuals and communities that see a high rate of addiction, but crack-cocaine is a particularly destructive substance that is dangerously addictive. When crack was widespread in the 80s and early 1990s, it destroyed many inner city communities that are still recovering from its effects.

  • Teen Athletes More Predisposed To Prescription Drug Addiction

    Teen Athletes More Predisposed To Prescription Drug Addiction

    Recent studies have discovered that young teens participating in sports have a higher risk of developing an addiction to prescription drugs and especially opoid pain killers than those not involved in athletics. The issue is a much bigger problem for male teen athletes that are more likely to misuse prescription drugs than their female counterparts.

  • America’s Binge Drinking Problem

    America’s Binge Drinking Problem

    Excessive drinking is more common in the U.S. than we might realize as studies have shown a surprising amount of adults frequently binge on alcohol. As many as 38 million U.S. adults binge drink on a regular basis according to findings from a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Suburban Opoid Problem Contributing to Heroin Addiction

    Suburban Opoid Problem Contributing to Heroin Addiction

    Heroin abuse is no longer a problem reserved for the inner city or the poorest neighborhoods; now the typical heroin addicts are young white teens and adults living in the suburbs. Part of the reason for this shift is the rise in prescription pain killer abuse which can be a gateway to heroin addiction.

  • The Major Symptoms of Percoset Use and Abuse

    The Major Symptoms of Percoset Use and Abuse

    Prescription drug abuse has been a problem for the U.S. since the 1990s and has nearly reached the point of a national crisis. Currently, there are seven million Americans who take prescription drugs for non-medical reasons and the majority of those are abusing pain killers.

  • Breast Cancer Tied to Alcohol Consumption

    Breast Cancer Tied to Alcohol Consumption

    Alcohol and especially chronic alcohol abuse is known to cause a myriad of health problems including cirrhosis of the liver and heart disease but few people realize how much of a connection there is between alcohol and certain types of cancer. Alcoholism is not traditionally considered a major cause of cancer but studies actually show a clear link to the disease especially in the case of breast cancer.

  • 5 Tips To Help A Heroin Addict Get Into Treatment

    5 Tips To Help A Heroin Addict Get Into Treatment

    Few things are as frustrating and terrifying as having a loved one who is suffering from heroin addiction. Most people are aware that heroin is highly addictive and that using heroin presents a number of very serious health risks.

  •  Is Teen Culture Now A Drug Fueled Culture?

    Is Teen Culture Now A Drug Fueled Culture?

    Almost every parent of a teen worries about their child getting involved with drugs or alcohol use. Teens have always been the population most prone to peer pressure that may lead to experimentation, and teens are also the people that may be most at risk for some of the dangers associated with drug or alcohol use.

  • South Africa Looking to Cut Down on Alcohol Advertisements

    South Africa Looking to Cut Down on Alcohol Advertisements

    The government of South Africa has made efforts to combat the nation’s significant problem with alcohol abuse by proposing a ban on liquor advertisements. The Control of Marketing of Alcohol Beverages bill that would ban alcohol ads throughout the country still remains under consideration with much debate as to the impact it would have on the community and the economy.

     

  • U.S. Senate Proposing New Bills To Fight Heroin Addiction

    U.S. Senate Proposing New Bills To Fight Heroin Addiction

    As heroin addiction and abuse continues to devastate both individuals in small cities and those in large metropolitan areas, many doctors and teachers and therapists are turning to law enforcement and government officials for answers as to what may be an effective means of minimizing and ultimately eliminating the use and abuse of this deadly drug.

  • The 5 Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

    The 5 Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

    There is little question that prescription drug use is on the rise in the United States. The rapid increase in the number of hospitalizations and and deaths related to prescription drug use and abuse has led many parents, doctors, and law enforcement agents to search for possible ways in which the tide of prescription drug addiction can be stemmed.

  • The Glamorous Side Of Cocaine Hides The True Effects

    The Glamorous Side Of Cocaine Hides The True Effects

    Cocaine is a very dangerous and addictive drug that carries with it a number of quite troubling side effects. Although many people are aware of the fact that cocaine is a dangerous drug, the drug is somewhat unique in that it carries with it a somewhat glamorous image.

  • Alcohol Not Being Sold At University Of Georgia Football Games

    Alcohol Not Being Sold At University Of Georgia Football Games

    The University of Georgia has recently implemented a new plan for designed to manage alcohol consumption and reduce the number of injuries and incidents caused by alcohol consumption at its football games with a new plan that has been coined the “Gameday Gameplan.”

  • How To Show Gratitude In Sobriety

    How To Show Gratitude In Sobriety

    The life that one lives under the tyranny of an addiction is one filled with stress, pain and isolation. Addictions are in no way beneficial to those who are in their grip, and for someone to get out of them they seem to have to have no other option.

  • How To Spot Prescription Drug Addiction

    How To Spot Prescription Drug Addiction

    Prescription drug addiction is fast becoming one of the most rapidly growing diseases in the country. Prescription drugs are highly habit forming and there is no such thing as a “typical” prescription drug addict.

  • 5 Facts You Need To Know About Heroin Withdrawal

    5 Facts You Need To Know About Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is one of the most addictive and destructive drugs out in the world today. If someone does not overdose from it, then they are sure to catch some kind of disease such as AIDS, HIV, or Hepatitis C from the fact that it is common for heroin users to share needles without cleaning them or getting new ones.

  • 5 Consequences Of Binge Drinking

    5 Consequences Of Binge Drinking

    Binge drinking is defined as any time that an individual drinks to excess or consumes enough alcohol to make them seriously impaired. What constitutes binge drinking may vary quite a bit from person to person, but it is generally agreed that the average man is said to have engaged in binge drinking if he has consumed more than five drinks in two hours and the average woman if she has had four or more.

Detoxification - The First Step in Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol

The first step in achieving long-lasting abstinence from mind-altering drugs and alcohol is detoxification.

Detoxification, or simply detox, refers to the physical purification of the body, or the removal of all mind-altering substances and the residual toxins that upset natural brain and body chemistry.

Since it is extremely difficult to not drink or use other drugs of choice, or to think about drinking or using when the body still contains addictive and damaging chemicals, detoxification from drugs and alcohol is the necessary first step in recovery. Only after the body is cleansed of all foreign substances can the mind choose abstinence each day. Only after the brain is no longer under the influence of any substances can progress be made and change be chosen.

When the use of a drug, including alcohol, is stopped, the body and brain react with what are called withdrawal symptoms. These physical and psychological reactions vary for each mind-altering substance, and require various levels of monitorization.

Detox from alcohol and prescription central nervous system (CNS) depressants can be fatal. The body is unable to handle several aspects of functioning without the influence of at least one of these substances. Therefore, the need for a professional facility, with a staff that constantly monitors each client’s status, is vitally important for people detoxing from alcohol or benzodiazepines, like Valium, Xanax, and Ativan.

Detox from heroin and its pharmaceutical counterparts, opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Norco, is intensely painful. Ongoing care, in a detox facility, can alleviate the majority of discomfort with proper medication management.

When opiate or opioid withdrawal is painful, the easiest way to relieve the symptoms is by using an opiate again. The quickest way to stop the life-threatening effects of alcohol cessation is to drink more alcohol. When detoxification is not completed in a medical facility, the physical risks and the likelihood of drinking or using again are exceptionally high.

Instead, a formal detoxification program will assist with every aspect of the process. Using or drinking again is not an option. With other medications and therapeutic strategies, a detox client will make it through the process successfully.

The objective of medically-monitored detoxification is to clear the mind, reduce the risk of seizure and other adverse withdrawal symptoms, and to start healing the body so that exploring new ways of thinking and behaving without the influence of alcohol and drugs can begin in formal treatment.

To find out where you, or someone you love, can take the first step toward recovery: detoxification, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731.

Detox & Withdrawal Symptoms

Each mind-altering drug, including alcohol, has an equally dangerous set of withdrawal symptoms that occur when the abuse of that drug stops.

When a person’s substance use has progressed to the point of physically and psychologically needing a certain drug, dependence has developed. At this stage, any periods of stopping the drug’s use will cause adverse withdrawal symptoms as the body works to naturally detox, or rid the system of all residual chemicals.

Withdrawal from alcohol and prescription benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan) can be life threatening and require a doctor's supervision. Opiate (heroin, codeine, morphine) and opioid (OxyContin, Vicodin, Norco) withdrawal is painful and difficult to endure, and stimulant (cocaine, methamphetamine, and prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin) withdrawal often leads right back to stimulant use.

Detox symptoms for marijuana create the opposite of the relaxed sedation state sought by the drug’s use. Studies show that detox symptoms for marijuana users include aggression, irritability, and anxiety.

Minor symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, generally occurring when a drinker has consumed alcohol consistently for 7 to 34 days, include:

  1. Rapid pulse
  2. Sweating
  3. Increased body temperature
  4. Hand tremors
  5. Anxiety
  6. Depression
  7. Insomnia
  8. Nausea or vomiting

Major symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, generally occurring when a drinker has consumed alcohol consistently for 48 to 87 consecutive days, include:

  1. Tachycardia (irregular heartbeat)
  2. Transient visual, tactile, or auditory hallucinations and illusions
  3. Psychomotor agitation
  4. Grand mal seizures
  5. Delirium tremens
  6. Coma
  7. Death

 

These central nervous system depressants, or sedative-hypnotics, are pharmaceutically manufactured to mimic the effects of alcohol. Most commonly, Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and Ativan, create major problems when short-term use, as recommended by a doctor to address a real physical need, progresses to abuse and to physical dependence, or addiction.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms include:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Recurrence and magnification of the symptoms the drug was attempting to treat
  3. Intense drug craving
  4. Headaches
  5. Tremors and muscle twitches
  6. Nausea and vomiting
  7. Restlessness
  8. Tachycardia (irregular heartbeat)
  9. Cramping
  10. Hypertension
  11. Inability to focus
  12. Sleep disturbances
  13. Dizziness
  14. Temporary loss of vision, hearing, or smell
  15. Hallucinations
  16. Seizure
  17. Coma
  18. Death

 

Your muscles are like wrenching, your entire digestive tract is going crazy. Stomach cramps, but not just stomach cramps, also diarrhea. Everything that can go wrong with your intestinal tract happens. Your legs, you kick constantly; that’s why I think they call it ‘kicking.’ Your legs will jerk and kick uncontrollably. You have insomnia. You vomit, have sweats, and what else, oh yeah, the craziness, delirium.

Opiate and opioid withdrawal symptoms include:

  1. Bone, joint, and muscular pain
  2. Insomnia
  3. Anxiety
  4. Sweating
  5. Runny nose
  6. Stomach cramps and vomiting
  7. Diarrhea
  8. Anorexia
  9. Flu-like symptoms
  10. High blood pressure
  11. Rapid pulse and tachycardia
  12. Coughing
  13. Excessive yawning
  14. Dilated pupils and watery eyes
  15. Hyperreflexia
  16. Muscle cramps
  17. Fever, chills, and goosebumps

 

When the repeated use of cocaine, crack cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, and prescription stimulants stop, the following symptoms can occur:

  1. Anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure)
  2. Anergia (complete lack of energy)
  3. Emotional depression
  4. Loss of motivation
  5. Anxiety
  6. Vivid and unpleasant dreams
  7. Insomnia
  8. Increased appetite
  9. Psychomotor agitation
  10. Intense drug craving

 

Finding a proper detoxification center is important in managing the painful and potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms of any mind-altering, and highly-addictive, drug. To find the detox center that is right for you, or for someone you know, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 today!

Rapid Detox for Opiate and Opioid Addicts

80% of rapid detox clients relapse within six months when other forms of therapeutic healing were not added to the treatment plan.

Rapid detox has become a popular method used for opiate and opioid detoxification. In a medically-monitored facility, a trained staff administers naltrexone, and other pharmaceutical drugs, to a heavily-sedated client. The idea is to avoid the pain of opiate and opioid detox so that the client has no reason to return to drug use.

While rapid detox does help heroin and prescription opiate abusers get past the physical withdrawal symptoms faster than they might otherwise, the procedure does not address the underlying issues of addiction. Another limitation of rapid detox is that the process does not completely remove the long-term symptoms of opiate and opioid withdrawal, such as continued insomnia, diarrhea, and psychological dependence on the drug of choice.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), who sets the criteria for substance abuse and addiction disorders, does not condone rapid detox as comprehensive treatment for opiate or opioid abuse or addiction. Up to 80% of rapid detox clients relapse within six months when other forms of therapeutic intervention, formal treatment, and proper healing were also taking place.

While rapid detox promises to avoid the uncomfortable and painful withdrawal symptoms by putting the patient under anesthesia and blocking opiate receptors in the brain, studies show that the body is unable to recover that quickly from opiate dependence anyway. Rapid detox fails to address the core psychological issues that drive opiate and opioid addiction, and therefore, provides as much actual treatment as a band-aid would on a gunshot wound.

Rapid detox may serve as the very first step in the successful recovery process from opiate and opioid addiction, but many other methods of treatment are also needed to ensure long-term sobriety from all mind-altering substances.

To find out more, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731. Our team will connect you with the detoxification center and formal rehab facilities that are best for your unique case. Call today!

Alcohol & Liver Detoxification

Alcohol detox has been the hardest thing I’ve had to do, but the alternative is worse.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 15-20% of primary care and hospitalized patients have medical complications due to alcohol dependence. Dependence occurs when the body adapts to the continued presence of alcohol and adapts chemically. When alcohol is removed for any period of time, the body will react strongly in a negative way.

A 34-year-old recovering alcoholic shares his experience with alcohol withdrawal and detoxification:

I was very sick - very nauseous, pains in my stomach, headaches, shaking, filled with sheer terror. I’ve never known fear like that in my life. This has been the hardest thing I’ve had to do, but the alternative is worse.

Alcohol detoxification is the process of cleansing the body of all remaining chemicals left from heavy alcohol consumption. Participation in an alcohol detox program is the essential beginning to treatment for alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

When carried out in a controlled environment, in a licensed treatment facility, alcohol detox is safe and effective. An alcohol abuser or addict should never attempt alcohol detox on his or her own. The complications of alcohol detox can be life threatening and should always be monitored by a medical doctor and other highly-trained staff members.

With an initial assessment to address any immediate withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol detox, a treatment team can use the amount and frequency of alcohol consumption to determine what to expect and how to best treat each individual case of alcohol detox.

Since alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from mild afflictions, such as insomnia and shakes, to more serious symptoms, such as seizures, delirium tremens, and hallucinations, ongoing attention is vital.

In addition, with any extended abuse of alcohol, the liver has been greatly affected. The scarring of the liver, called cirrhosis, is common among alcoholics, and is only able to stop getting worse when alcohol use stops and when the liver is able to detox. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that approximately 12,000 people die each year from alcohol-induced cirrhosis, and about 2.5 times more men die from liver cirrhosis than women.

The liver needs time to rid itself of the residual chemicals left from years of alcohol abuse. Since this vital organ serves as a filter, every episode of drinking has further damaged its ability to protect the body from other harmful substances. With alcohol and liver detox, the damage can stop, and in some cases, begin to repair.

To find the best facility for your alcohol and liver detox, or that of someone you love, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 today!

Drug & Prescription Drug Detoxification

Highly-addictive drugs make detox difficult to sustain. Cravings are intense, and the brain does not want to live without the drug of choice. Example: “I’ve seen people in jail shoot their own urine to try and get the heroin out of the urine that’s left in there.”

Drug detoxification is the process of ridding the body and brain of harmful residual toxins from extended periods of drug abuse and addiction. Drug detox is the first step in a comprehensive treatment plan offered to address and treat the true reasons for use, abuse, and addiction of mind-altering substances. 

The use of any drug on a regular basis alters brain chemistry that then affects the entire body’s functioning. Drug detox is necessary to restore the natural balance of brain and body chemistry.

The procedure involved in drug detox depends on the drug of choice, but should always include medical supervision. A combination of vitamins and non-addictive prescription medications are often needed to stabilize the body from the consequences of withdrawal symptoms. In order for drug detox to be successful, the withdrawal symptoms must be managed.

While the process of actual detox is not different for a legal versus illegal drug, each person responds differently to cessation from each type of drug.

The physical and psychological craving for cocaineand crack cocaine make the detoxification process extremely difficult to endure and sustain. To illustrate the power of these stimulants, this 65-year-old recovering crack addict shares his experience:

I got shot in the leg. I have a bullet in my leg now. I was bleeding to death, and the only thing I wanted to do was smoke cocaine. I told my buddy, ‘Come on give me a hit, give me a hit.’ I am smoking the pipe, the pipe is full of blood. I am smoking, trying to get high, and here I am about to bleed to death.

When someone does not care about his or her own life, the ability to make it through painful withdrawal symptoms is limited. Consequently, the medically-monitored process of detox must be accompanied by therapy to assist addicts in a return to self-worth. Without a purpose, life will inevitably return to drug addiction.

The same is true for opiates, like heroin, morphine, and codeine. One recovering heroin addict shares his experience with the difficulty he’s seen in staying clean from opiates:

I have at times wished I was dead. That’s how severe it would be. I’ve seen people in jail try to hang themselves. I’ve seen people in jail shoot their own urine to try and get the heroin out of the urine that’s left in there.

Another example:

People who do heroin aren’t worried about dying because like if three people die from a new batch of heroin, everybody wants to know where they are getting that heroin so they can go get some because it’s the best and they figure they will just do a little less.

Successfully completing drug detox, and staying clean from all drugs, takes work with a medically-monitored detoxification program immediately followed by an inpatient treatment program.

Prescription drug abuse and addiction have reached epidemic rates, so proper detoxification methods and treatment are constantly being improved. Just like with cocaine and heroin, staying clean from all prescription drugs is exceptionally difficult when physical or psychological dependence on the drug has developed.

Opioids (Vicodin, Norco, OxyContin), stimulants (Ritalin and Adderall), and central nervous system depressants (Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, and Xanax) are the most commonly abused prescription drugs, and require prescription drug detox and formal treatment.

These prescription drugs are just as addictive as the illicit drugs they were created to mimic.

An example of the hold prescription drugs have on a user’s life is the experience of this 43-year-old recovering Darvon addict:

After seven years of doing Darvon, I started having withdrawals after three to four hours from the last pill that I had taken, so I was addicted to my watch. Then it got to where it was like two hours, so I needed like 14 or 16 Darvon to get through the day.

Another example from a 37-year-old recovering prescription opioid addict shows just how hard it is to experience withdrawal from Vicodin or OxyContin, and why many attempts at quitting end in relapse:

I had been masking the pain for so long that I didn’t know how much pain I had or didn’t have, and when I didn’t really have pain, per se, that was pathological. I couldn’t deal with the slightest thing without drugs.

To find out how you, or someone you love, can stop using any illicit or pharmaceutical drug, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 today. No one can do it alone. We have the proper referrals to detox and formal treatment centers that can break the cycle of abuse in your life. Call now!

Detoxification Centers & Formal Drug and Alcohol Treatment

The proverbial “rock bottom” is one way addicts get into treatment, but a medical condition, a legal consequence, or the loss of employment or of an important relationship does not need to happen to sustain a new life of recovery from drugs and alcohol.

The main reason drug and alcohol abusers and addicts finally choose to get clean is the aftermath of a majorly adverse life consequence. The proverbial “rock bottom” is one way addicts get into treatment. After a crisis occurs, like vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, a sentence of jail time, an irreversible medical diagnosis, or the loss of employment or of an important relationship, can trigger the admittance of a problem and the need for formal rehab.

Detoxification is the first step in effective substance abuse treatment. After the body and brain are free from all harmful toxins, the true work can begin. The brain is working on homeostasis, or the return to a balance of neurotransmitters that regulate mood, energy levels, sleeping and eating patterns, and clear thinking. The body is learning how to function without drugs and alcohol, and the individual is making choices that keep him or her clean and sober.

When detoxification ends, the best route is a direct admittance to a formal inpatient, residential  treatment program. At this level of care, clients live and participate in therapeutic services at the same location. Clients are monitored and accounted for twenty-hours a day without any access to mind-altering substances, unless the individual chooses to leave the premises and to forego treatment.

New ways of coping without substances are introduced and practiced. Individual therapy sessions foster the creation of a treatment plan that can be evaluated and revised during each one-on-one session to ensure progress and growth while in treatment. Additionally, peer process groups hold clients accountable, offer a time to share difficult emotions, and can boost self-esteem when advice can be offered to another client based on one’s own experiences.

Generally 30, 60, 90, or 180 days are spent in the inpatient level of care before a client is ready to move on. The next step down can be to an outpatient substance abuse program that still follows the same treatment model, but offers more freedom and autonomy for newly recovering addicts and alcoholics. While some outpatient programs offer an accompanying sober living facility, often clients live off-site without twenty-four-hour monitorization. Clients must then choose to stay clean and sober, to attend outpatient services, and to form a sober network or community for ongoing support.

To begin the recovery process for you, or for someone you love, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731. With referrals to detoxification, inpatient, and outpatient substance abuse programs, you or your loved one can break the cycle of addiction and choose a new life!